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Here’s Why CalPERS Dropped Hedge Funds

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Are hedge funds losing significance with major institutional investors? The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest U.S. pension fund, expelled hedge funds from its portfolio – sending a shock to the estimated US$ 3 trillion hedge fund industry. Some hedge funds are known for leveraged bets on market beta. CalPERS interim Chief Investment Officer Theodore Eliopoulos won the support of trustees to wind down the pension’s US$ 4 billion hedge fund portfolio within 1 year. Eliopoulos emphasized that CalPERS dumped hedge funds because of their complexity, cost and ability to scale – not investment performance. This battle is being fought in San Francisco, as the San Francisco City & County Employees’ Retirement System is debating on whether to move forward with a US$ 3 billion hedge fund allocation. SF pension board member Herb Meiberger is vocally against the allocation. The plan’s Chief Investment Officer William Coaker and other board members are backing the plan.

Ishii wanted to move US$ 2.5 billion from hedge funds into fixed income.

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Japan’s GPIF Awards Nissay Asset Management with ESG Disclosure Mandate

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Increasingly asset owners across the Asia-Pacific region are studying the impacts of environmental, social, and governance factors on listed companies. As more Japanese pensions augment asset allocation to listed equities, the importance of corporate non-financial disclosures and practices becomes clear. These disclosures can have a material impression on company stock prices. In addition, Japanʼs Stewardship Code and Corporate Governance Code in 2014 and 2015 were launched, respectively. These codes helped the (environmental, social, and governance) ESG concept gain momentum in Japan.

Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), the largest public pension fund in the world, awarded a research mandate to Nissay Asset Management Corporation. The mandate entails studying ESG disclosures. The study will conduct a comparable analysis on ESG standards and practices, while taking into account input from both investors and companies. With around US$ 110.5 billion in assets under management, Nissay Asset Management is owned by Japanese life insurance giant Nippon Life Insurance Company.

As GPIF boosted its allocation to domestic equities, the asset owner took a deeper look into the impact of ESG on equity investing. GPIF is keen on improving efficiencies in Japan’s capital markets. GPIF is a universal owner of stocks, similar in some aspects to what Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) does.

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Norges Bank Real Estate Management Buys Central Paris Property

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Norges Bank Real Estate Management, the real estate unit of Norges Bank Investment Management (oversees Norway Global Pension Fund Global), has signed an agreement to acquire a 100 percent interest in an office property located on 54-56 rue la Boétie in central Paris.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Schlumberger Gets Closer to Eurasia Drilling Company

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Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Russian Direct Investment Fund, and American oilfield services giant Schlumberger (SLB) have planned a deal to invest in Russia’s Eurasia Drilling Company Limited. RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev made the announcement. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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