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Multi-Asset Demand Drives Institutional Business

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To save the global economy, central bankers have played the free money melody, entrancing asset managers and asset owners such as sovereign wealth funds and public pensions. With probable shifts in key interest rates, institutional investors are re-examining new strategies and solutions. One of these solutions is multi-asset investing. For example, Latin American pension funds and afores admit their high exposure to domestic markets, some view multi-asset strategies as a liquid alternative to gain exposure to international markets and varying asset classes. Institutional money managers of all stripes are hiring multi-asset operators, salespeople and executives en masse, cashing in on the demand for multi-asset strategies. Asset managers are hiring professionals with deep-rooted client connections from competitors, with experience running multi-asset portfolios and individuals with clear communication skills. In September 2014, Pictet Asset Management made moves into the multi-asset world by hiring Percival Stanion, Andrew Cole and Shaniel Ramjee from Baring Asset Management. The key man departure effect was devastating; Baring Asset Management’s flagship multi-asset fund experienced outflows of £5.5 billion (US$ 8.9 billion) in a time span of 7 weeks after Stanion announced his exit. Insight Investment, a unit of BNY Mellon, lured Victoria May away from JPMorgan Asset Management where she was a managing director in the global multi-asset team – parting a career at the firm starting in 1999. The skill of hiring a multi-asset manager is quite high, typical of a hedge fund manager. Furthermore, multi-asset operators are tasked with the art of modifying asset class weights to produce returns within defined risk parameters.

Pensions can circumvent this by moving multi-asset strategies into the absolute return silo.

Benchmark Fatigue

A good number of institutional investors feel hornswoggled by asset managers, growing tired of beating benchmarks, but losing money. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

Trump Goes Across the Political Aisle to Nominate Nellie Liang to Federal Reserve Board

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U.S. President Trump nominated Nellie Liang to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. She is a long-time staff member of the Federal Reserve, joining in 1986 as a research economist. Liang must still be confirmed by the U.S. Senate pending the job post. She is a graduate of University of Notre Dame in 1979 and received her doctorate from the University of Maryland in 1986.

Ms. Liang is a registered Democrat.

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Ivanhoé Cambridge to Acquire Callahan Capital Properties

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Ivanhoé Cambridge, a unit of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), signed a deal to acquire Callahan Capital Properties (CCP). Eastdil Secured advised on the transaction. CCP is Ivanhoé Cambridge’s investment partner of six years.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Manager of China’s Foreign Reserves Could be CalPERS Next CIO

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Numerous financial media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), are reporting that Ben Meng is in key position to become Chief Investment Officer of CalPERS. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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