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Pension Pulse: Caisse’s High-Speed Push Into Infrastructure

Last week, Canada’s Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec acquired a 30 percent stake in Eurostar International, a high-speed rail service that runs between London, Paris and Brussels. The deal came just months after Caisse partnered with Quebec’s government to take over some of the province’s major infrastructure projects. Leo Kolivakis ...
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Institutional Investors Cite Regulatory Risk, Transparency as Obstacles to Infrastructure Investment

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently surveyed 71 pension funds on their interest in alternative investments. [The full survey can be found here.] The findings when it came to infrastructure investing were among the most interesting. The survey found that the funds had increased their alternative investments across ...
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Pension Pulse: Diving Deeper Into Caisse’s Big 2014

The median U.S. public pension fund returned 6.8 percent in 2014. But north of the border, one of Canada’s largest public funds blew that figure away. Caisse de depot et Placement du Quebec, Canada’s second-largest pension fund, posted investment returns of 12 percent in 2014, nearly doubling the returns of its U.S. peers. Over at Pension Pulse, ...
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It’s Hard to Find a Good Deal When Everything is This Expensive, Says Ontario Teachers’ Pension CEO

The CEO of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Ron Mock, spoke at the World Economic Forum last week. One of the topics he touched on was how hard it is to find bargains in the current market, where “everything is expensive” and deals can turn into “non-stop auctions”. More on his remarks from ai-cio.com: The head of one of the world’s ...
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Preqin: Hedge Funds Grew More Than Any Alternative in 2014

Hedge funds experienced the most asset growth of any alternative asset class in 2014, according to a Preqin report. Despite scrutiny over low returns and high expenses, investors put more money into hedge funds in 2014 than private equity, infrastructure or venture capital. More from Chief Investment Officer: Despite a disappointing year for returns ...
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Quebec Pension Will Own and Finance New Public Transportation Projects

Canada’s second largest pension fund has agreed to take over Quebec’s new public transit projects. Under an agreement reached between the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and the Quebec government, the pension fund will finance and own the province’s new public transit projects. More from the Montreal Gazette: The Caisse de dépôt et ...
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Ontario Pension Invests $200 Million in European Infrastructure

The Ontario Pension Board has invested $200 million with AMP Capital’s Global Infrastructure Fund. The fund invests in European utilities, communication and transport infrastructure. More details from SuperReview: The Ontario Pension Board (OPB), the administrator of the 80,000 member defined benefit Public Service Pension Plan with $22 billion in ...
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Maine PERS Commits $185 Million to Infrastructure, Real Estate

The Maine Public Employees Retirement System has made $185 million in commitments to several funds that will invest in real estate and infrastructure in Europe and the U.S. Details from IPE Real Estate: A $50m commitment was made to Westbrook Partners’ Real Estate Fund X, an opportunistic fund with an anticipated $2.5bn capital raise. The fund is ...
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Japan Pension Unveils Portfolio Shifts, Takes On More Risk

Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund has officially announced major changes to its portfolio. The pension fund had been reviewing its investments since the summer, but it wasn’t known when the process would end. The shifts include doubling its equity allocations, cutting bonds by nearly 50 percent and a new target allocation for alternatives ...
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Chart: Alternatives Set To Double By 2020

A report recently released by PricewaterhouseCoopers finds that alternative assets held by the world’s largest asset managers will double by 2020 — a trend that will be driven largely by pension funds. The makeup of alternative assets currently: Chart credit: Chief Investment Officer and PwC
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