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CalSTRS Seeks to Manage More Assets Internally

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CalSTRS CIO Chris Ailman

Taking the playbook from sapient Canadian public pensions, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) is attempting to migrate more assets toward internal management. In a press release, CalSTRS is planning to increase in-house assets from 45% to 60%.

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Besides saving on investment fees and costs, CalSTRS desires to have more control over corporate governance issues. By owning the shares or underlying securities directly, CalSTRS can push forward with activist-based strategies. Obviously, publicly-traded securities are the first assets to go toward in-house management. CalSTRS also shifted some executive investment positions around to enable the organization to properly handle more internal management of assets. Among other promotions, Debra Smith was named CalSTRS chief operating investment officer.

“These three appointments, coupled with our 2010 creation of a Deputy Chief Investment Officer, complete a new organizational structure that allows us to bring more assets in house,” said CalSTRS Chief Investment Officer Christopher J. Ailman in a press release. “This structure matches what you find in most large investment money managers. This also fits our plans to internally manage more of our assets—currently at 45 percent in-house—to a projected 60 percent internally managed.”

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.

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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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