Strathclyde cuts equity allocation

The UK’s largest public pension fund is de-risking its successful equities portfolio and looking to private debt, emerging-market debt, global credit and UK infrastructure to fill the void.

Future Fund revamps equities

Australia’s sovereign wealth fund has revamped its equities portfolio to take on deliberate factor risk and target idiosyncratic risk. The fund’s head of equities, Björn Kvarnskog, explains.

AustralianSuper’s equities ride

The large size and penchant for active investment of the $120 billion AustralianSuper present both opportunities and challenges for its fund managers and inhouse equities team.

UTAM favours equities, private credit

The University of Toronto Asset Management Corporation adopts passive moves into US equities, active allocations to international shares and select opportunities in private credit markets.

Post-Brexit uncertainty reigns

‘Selective optimism’ in UK real estate, infrastructure and other assets characterises investors across Europe as they scramble to tell the genuine opportunities from fool’s gold following Brexit.

Ilmarinen sheds bonds for real value

Ilmarinen CIO Mikko Mursula looks to shrink its holdings in bonds while adding real estate and equity away from Europe, as the fund seeks protection from potential interest rate moves.

Distressed Kentucky fund regroups

A struggling pension fund for Kentucky employees has cut back on hedge funds while remaining averse to long-term risk and hopeful of a better climate for US equities to help it recover.
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Exchanges need to adapt to institutional demands: Norges

Institutional investors now dominate the free float holdings of listed companies and exchanges need to adapt to this enduring change in market structure and investor needs, according to Norges Bank Investment Management, manager of the $818 billion Norwegian sovereign wealth fund. Norges Bank, which itself owns around 1 per cent of the world’s listed stock,... Read more »

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GPIF continues equities rampage

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