US - The Californian Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) second manager development programme, a niche fund in the plan's portfolio (MDPII), will benefit from increased flexibility to enter emerging markets.
The $245bn pension fund said that MDPII previously only had access to long-only public equity, high-yield fixed income and emerging hedge fund of funds until this decision to expand investment horizons was taken by the board.
CalPERS board president, Rob Feckner commented: “These new options will help us to better achieve our goal of obtaining superior investment returns with new and emerging money managers, who typically don’t have the long-term track records or the assets of larger more established firms.”
The first manager development programme has been investing in emerging managers with assets under management of under $2bn for the past seven years. The MDPII was launched in 2006.
As of the end of last month, the funds’ combined assets totalled $1.8bn.
CalPERS also announced that investment officers were to receive greater flexibility under a new rebalancing program. With it comes the ability to shift capital more quickly across public equity, private equity, real estate and fixed income.
A separate account is to be created by the Asset Allocation Unit to hold all rebalancing trades allowing better measurement of the effectiveness of shifts among asset classes.
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