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Why small is beautiful at Illinois’ IMRF

The $42 billion Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund is dedicated to investing in emerging managers with a commitment of 22 per cent of its total portfolio. The relationship with minority and women-owned managers is mutually beneficial. Sarah Rundell talks to head of the IMRF emerging managers program and the co-chief investment officer of equities at one of its managers, Piedmont.
Manager Relationships

AP2’s relationships in China

In the next of this new regular series, we examine the relationships that evolved as Sweden’s AP2 decided to invest with local managers in China. The story examines the process for choosing and monitoring Chinese managers, and the burgeoning focus on sustainability in that market.
Strategy

2018 CIO sentiment survey

The annual Chief Investment Officer Sentiment Survey, conducted by www.top1000funds.com and Casey Quirk, a practice of Deloitte Consulting, has revealed a global asset owner community that is less tolerant of risk and more interested in negotiating fees.
Asset Allocation

Washington works to be the best LP

Private equity has been a stand out for the $130 billion Washington State Investment Board and CIO Gary Bruebaker says the real trick is attracting the top general partners. That means making sharp investments, being true to your word and nurturing the relationship.
Manager Relationships

Brunel outlines owner/manager dynamic

The UK’s £30 billion Brunel Pension Partnership has published an asset management accord. The document is designed to clarify what it expects from its mandates and what they can expect from Brunel. A long-term focus, aspects of communication, and responsible investment and stewardship are among the topics the accord covers.
Asset Allocation

IMCO plots private, inhouse future

The C$60 billion ($48 billion) Investment Management Corporation of Ontario, the latest kid on the block in Canada’s pension scene, is planning its asset allocation 2.0, which will involve more private and direct investments, more internalisation and lower costs. Amanda White spoke to chief executive Bert Clark and chief investment officer Jean Michel.
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