NETHERLANDS - The e10bn Artsenpensioensfondsen, the Dutch pension fund for doctors and medical specialists, is planning to begin a search for European credit managers in the next couple of weeks.
Gerard Sirks, head of investments, said that there would be two mandates worth e200m.
The fund is also expected to put out a search for a e100m exchange traded real estate manager later this year.
Following an asset-liability management study undertaken last year, the fund had decided to diversify and allocate a greater proportion of assets to external managers.
Previously, the fund had just one external manager for emerging markets equities, with most other portfolios being managed in-house.
The fund expects to boost both real estate and credit to 10% by next year from current levels of 4%. Equities are expected to remain at 40%, while fixed income will be reduced by 12% to 40%.
Sirks said that the fund was also planning to search for a e100m US small cap manager and a e400m Japanese large cap manager next year.
Recently, the fund had appointed Axa Rosenberg and Kempen to manage a e120m and e110m European small cap equities mandate.
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