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Chart: How Institutional Investors Are Changing Their Allocations to Alternatives in 2015

Here’s a graphic that shows the percentage of institutional investors that are planning to change their target allocations to various alternative asset classes in 2015. When it comes to increasing target allocations, 39 percent of institutional investors say they are going to increase their private equity investments in 2015. Hedge funds may ...
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Study: Pensions Put Pressure on Private Equity to Formulate Environmental, Social Investment Policies

Research from the London Business School shows that the vast majority of large private equity firms – 85 percent – are feeling increased pressure from Europe’s institutional investors to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into their investment policies and processes. Details from Investments & Pensions Europe: The ...
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CalPERS Board to Study Impact of Income Inequality on Pension Funds

CalPERS’ Board of Administration will discuss the impact of income inequality on institutional investors at their next meeting, according to slides made available on the pension fund’s website. The Board of Administration’s investment committee will discuss the issue next week. More from the National Law Review: The slide presentation prepared ...
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Former EU Commissioner Calls For Netherlands’ Pension Funds to Invest in Start-Ups

Neelie Kroes, former EU commissioner and current Dutch start-up ambassador, called on Monday for pension funds to start throwing their money at the country’s start-up companies. From Dutch News: Neelie Kroes has called on pension funds, insurers and other institutional investors to put money into innovative companies. Kroes made the call in a speech ...
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CalSTRS Looks to Partner Up For Direct Infrastructure Investments

CalSTRS is looking to team up with other institutional investors to bid directly on private infrastructure, according to the Wall Street Journal. The fund’s investment staff is meeting today [Feb. 6] to amend its investment policy to allow such ventures. More from the Wall Street Journal: The nation’s second-largest public pension fund, California ...
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Report: Hedge Funds Expect Pensions To Up Their Allocations in 2015

State Street has published a new report, titled The Alpha Game, which analyzes a survey that quizzed 235 hedge fund managers on what the future holds for pensions investing in hedge funds, and other industry trends. The majority of managers think pension funds will increase their hedge fund holdings over the next few years. Some key points, from ValueWalk: The ...
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Strategic Use of ETFs By Pension Funds Will Grow, Says Research

New research by BlackRock claims that pension funds will increase their strategic use of ETFs, and that the instruments will become a bigger part of pensions’ investment portfolios. From Investments and Pensions Europe: For “certain investors and certain portfolio usages”, ETFs might represent a cheaper route to access equity indices, suggest ...
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Real Estate Returned 11.82 Percent For Institutional Investors in 2014, Reports Group

U.S. institutional investors saw their real estate investments return 11.82 percent in 2014, according to the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries. The group also reported that 2014 saw the highest volume of real estate transactions among institutional investors since 2005. More from the Wall Street Journal: The council’s NCREIF ...
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Study: Pension Funds Flock to ETFs for Diversification

A recent survey of European institutional investors, including almost 70 pension funds, attempted to pin down why institutional investors are driven towards ETFs. The research, conducted by Greenwich Associates, concluded that most investors are drawn toward ETFs because of the diversification they promise. More on the results from Investments & ...
Institutional Investors Rank The Biggest Geopolitical Risks of 2015

Chart: Institutional Investors Rank the Biggest Risks of 2015

Here’s a graphic that shows what institutional investors believe to be the biggest potential risks to investment returns in 2015. Seventeen percent of institutional investors are most worried about geopolitical risks. Meanwhile, 13 percent and 12 percent of investors, respectively, think slow growth in Europe and China pose the biggest risk to their ...
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