Inquiry hits Australian superannuation

Everything from charging dead people fees to trustees nixing mergers out of self-interest has emerged, as royal commission hearings have exposed big flaws in the world's fourth-largest pension system.
Asset Allocation

Australia’s LGS goes active and thrives

Just seven years after restructuring around a passive core in response to the GFC, Australia's $8.2 billion Local Government Super has found confidence and success in active management.
Asset Allocation

CalPERS wants PE revamp to move quickly

The board of CalPERS is still wrestling with issues such as pay and level of control over its new private-equity entity. Meanwhile, opportunities could slip away if the launch is delayed.

GPIF fee structure aligns interests

The world’s largest investor restructured how it pays its active mandates to get more certainty from managers. Its actions, which were taken after self-reflection, will affect the entire sector.

Fees kill alpha from hedge funds

Many hedge fund portfolios perform well before costs but fall into negative alpha after charges are levied, Canadian firm CEM Benchmarking's analysis of nearly 400 large investors has found.
Asset Allocation

Thirst for data serves Mass PRIM

The $71.9 billion Mass PRIM pores over the numbers to be sure it pays active managers only for skill. That's just one way it uses intense analysis to deliver.
Asset Classes

GPIF insists on paying only for alpha

Hiro Mizuno, CIO of the world's largest investor, told the CFA conference that in exchange for multi-year commitments its mandates would now claw back fees when firms don't reach alpha targets.

Markets main fear for CIOs: survey

Asset owners are lowering return targets, shrinking active long-only allocations and getting tough on fees as harsh outlooks persist, the annual Top1000funds.com/Casey Quirk survey reveals.

Rethink fund manager relationships

When the £16 billion BBC Pension Scheme started moving away from active listed strategies, it was time to rethink its interactions with external managers, starting with a few key questions.

Building a better fee model

Changes in standard funds-management fee structures are inevitable. Better alignment and fairness can be arranged if the stakeholders are willing to make it happen. Mercer presents some ideas.
Investor Profile

CPPIB focuses managers on long term

The C$337 billion CPPIB works towards a full understanding of its external managers’ strategies. These efforts, plus a customised fee structure, ensure a focus on long horizons.