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Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation Board of Trustees authorized a new asset allocation

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“The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation Board of Trustees authorized a new asset allocation and approved a manager search during their regular meeting on May 20 and 21 in Anchorage.

‘We’re taking a fresh approach to how we view our asset allocation,’ said Michael Burns, CEO ‘We’re recognizing that some investments within an asset class may have more in common with other asset types with regard to expected risk and return. And since our goal at the highest level is to balance the risk and return of the total portfolio, it makes sense to segregate assets by their characteristics, rather than simply by type.’

The new asset allocation is as follows:

2% – Cash (investments with a duration of less than 12 months)
6% – Interest rates (government or government related bonds)
53% – Company exposure (stocks, corporate bonds and private equity)
18% – Real assets (Real estate, infrastructure and TIPS)
21% – Opportunity pool (includes absolute return and distressed debt)

The allocation includes real return mandates, a new asset allocation for the Permanent Fund. In the Fund’s absolute return mandate, managers generally focus on publicly traded assets, such as stocks and bonds. Under a real return mandate, managers would invest in the same range of assets as the Permanent Fund. They would be required to structure their portfolios to meet a 5% real return target with a same level of risk as the full Permanent Fund portfolio.”

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APFC Sells $1.4 Billion Stake in Simpson Housing

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The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC) embarked on a major shift in its real estate portfolio by selling a 50% ownership stake in Denver-based Simpson Housing LLLP for US$ 1.4 billion. Simpson Housing had made up roughly 24.7% of APFC’s US$ 5.6 billion real estate portfolio. The other owner of Simpson Housing is that State of Michigan Retirement Systems.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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ISIF Invests in Cybersecurity Firm Vectra

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The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) committed €10 million to Vectra Networks, Inc., a San Jose, U.S.-based cybersecurity company. The investment capital will assist Vectra in creating a research and development center in Dublin.

ISIF is part of a larger funding round of €30 million. These other investors include Khosla Ventures, Accel Partners, DAG Ventures, AI Ventures, AME Cloud Ventures and Wipro Ventures.

Kevin Dillon, who is the former Head of Microsoft Ireland and a Managing Partner at Atlantic Bridge, will join the board of directors at Vectra.

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NZ Super Generates 19.8% Return for 2017 Calendar Year

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The New Zealand Superannuation Fund (NZ Super) generated a 19.8% annual return for the 2017 calendar year. The return was calculated after costs and before New Zealand tax. Catherine Savage, Chair of the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation, commented in a press release that, “We remain focused on identifying attractive active investments in New Zealand, with recent highlights including a $100m investment in New Zealand insurer Fidelity Life.”

Savage concluded, “Returns are likely to normalise and over the long term we expect the Fund will deliver average returns of approximately 8% a year, based on current portfolio settings.”

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