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California Political Influence versus Fiduciaries

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CA pensionManaging public pension fund money with multiple stakeholders is a complex undertaking, dealing with politicians and implementing new legislation is even more challenging. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest public pension fund in the United States, reported a 1% return on investments for the twelve months that ended June 30, 2012. It fell short of its benchmark that returned 1.7%. Public equities both U.S. and international took a major hit, while real estate investments helped stabilize portfolio performance. Fund assets measured around US$ 233 billion at the end of the fiscal year.

“The last twelve months were a challenging period for all investors as the ongoing European debt crisis and slowing global economic growth increased market volatility and reduced equity returns,” said Joe Dear, CalPERS Chief Investment Officer. “It’s a clear reminder that we must remain focused on performance, risk and internal controls in today’s financial environment.”

Sovereign wealth funds, public pensions, and other governmental investors tend to invest money outside of their country, state, or territory for various reasons. Some investors have an internal mandate that requires local investment, occasionally at the cost of superior financial return. In sub-Saharan Africa a majority of public investors park money into local projects, real estate, and bonds. Financial returns maybe sacrificed for social gains. This can be confusing for investment managers to prioritize and rank investments. Social returns are also hard to benchmark, it is more of an art than science.

The CalPERS Board of Administration has the sole fiduciary responsibility for the management of CalPERS assets. Depending on the circumstance, there can be tension between public pensions and the California legislature.

Politicians see a giant pot of money, sometimes forgetting that the fund has pension obligations.

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SWFI First Read, September 21, 2018

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U.S. Public Becomes More Aware that Gmail Scans Emails

Alphabet is a major stock holding for sovereign wealth funds and large pensions. Search giant Google is under fire for allowing third-party partners and companies, like Return Path Inc and other advertisers, to share data from Gmail accounts. Many experts and tech observers already knew this, but more people in the public are becoming aware of Google’s practices when it comes to privacy. Google disclosed in a letter to U.S. lawmakers this finding. The Wall Street Journal reported that in some instances, app companies were able to read people’s emails in order to improve their algorithms. In 2017, Google said they would stop scanning all of one’s Gmail messages for the goal of personalized ads.

GPIF Infrastructure Exposure Almost Reached 200 Billion Yen in March 2018

Japan Government Pension Investment Fund’s (GPIF) exposure to infrastructure real estate was 196.8 billion JPY at the end of March 2018. At that period, 57% of the exposure was to the UK, 15% was to Australia, 15% to Sweden, 10% to Spain and 3% to Finland. 21% of GPIF’s infrastructure portfolio was linked to airports versus 27% to ports.

AIMCo-backed sPower Closes $498.7 Million Bond Deal

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Iceland Contemplates a Sovereign Wealth Fund

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The Government of Iceland is looking to possibly form a sovereign wealth fund to stabilize the country from unforeseen shocks to the national economy. The Iceland government released a statement saying, “The state’s contributions to the Fund will be equivalent to new revenues from publicly owned power production companies which are expected to accrue in the coming years.”

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CBRE Global Wins First GPIF Global Real Estate Mandate

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Japan Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) awarded its first global real estate mandate by hiring CBRE Global Investment Partners Limited. This is a global core real estate fund-of-funds separate account. Overseeing this mandate as a gatekeeper is Asset Management One Co., Ltd., which is a unit of Mizuho Financial Group. This RFP was launched in April 2017.

CBRE Global Investment Partners is the multi-manager arm of CBRE Global Investors.

In addition, on August 8, 2018, GPIF hired two custodians for short-term investments. These custodians are Trust & Custody Services Bank, Ltd and The Master Trust Bank of Japan, Ltd.

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