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CalPERS Announces First Partnership Under Multi-Asset Class Partners Program

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According to the press release, “The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is investing $500M with Edinburgh, Scotland-based Standard Life Investments as part of its Multi-Asset Class (MAC) Partners Program. Standard Life is the first of four external managers selected to partner with CalPERS in the MAC program.

“We’re excited to have Standard Life on board as our first partner,” said Joseph Dear, CalPERS Chief Investment Officer. “Standard Life’s approach presents us with an excellent opportunity to add value to our portfolio, and to our investment operations by bringing in an outside perspective as we work toward our long-term investment goals.”

Standard Life’s investment approach for the MAC fund is modeled on their Global Absolute Return Strategies (GARS) approach. GARS is based on the key beliefs that marginal investors have a short-term time horizon which leads to market inefficiencies, and that by taking a three-year market view, those inefficiencies can be taken advantage of to create positive investment outcomes.

“This innovative relationship, the first of its kind, presents a great opportunity for Standard Life Investments to work closely with the CalPERS investment team,” said Keith Skeoch, CEO of Standard Life Investments. “What is really exciting about the partnership is the knowledge exchange element of the program, and strong alignment of our interests with those of CalPERS and its participants. We look forward to a long and successful relationship.”

The MAC Program has two strategic objectives. First, the Program is intended to outperform the CalPERS total fund over a market cycle, using primarily public market assets, and doing so with lower volatility and less risk.

Secondly, the Program is expected to facilitate a transfer of meaningful information from the MAC Partners to CalPERS investment staff, to help develop scalable, sustainable, and efficient methods of increasing the likelihood of meeting long-term CalPERS investment return goals.”

Read more: CalPERS Press Release

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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