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Pennsylvania SERS Adds $75M to Alternatives

Alternative Investments: Board trustees for the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) sanctioned up to $75 million in new commitments to ABRY Partners and Centerbridge Partners.

Chicago Muni Fund Grows Watch List, Scraps Search

U.S. Equity: The Chicago Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund (MEABF) Board of Trustees elected recently to add equity managers CastleArk Asset Management and Geneva Capital Management to its watch list, IMMP has learned.

Montana Pension Board Considers SRI Search

U.S. Equity: The Montana Public Employees’ Retirement Administration (MPERA) is currently contemplating a new allocation to socially responsible investing (SRI) funds, plan documents indicate.

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Louisiana Firefighters Schedule PE Finalist Talks

Alternative Investments: The Louisiana Firefighters’ Retirement System (FRS) Board of Trustees has agreed to interview CCMP Capital Advisors and Private Advisors for a potential private equity buyout manager allocation, plan documents indicate.

Ohio Pension Posts Hedge Fund Consultant RFP

Alternative Investments: The Ohio Public Employees’ Retirement System (OPERS) is accepting proposals from consultants to advise the more than $91 billion plan’s investment staff on hedge funds.

Chicago Teachers’ Tout New Commodities Course

Real Estate: The Public School Teachers’ Pension and Retirement Fund of Chicago (CTPF), with the help of investment consultant Callan Associates, is requesting proposals from commodities managers, IMMP has learned.

Heifer Foundation Hunts for Int’l Equity Managers

International Equity: The $90 million Heifer International Foundation, based in Little Rock, Ark., has opened up bidding for a new international equity search, according to procurement documents made available by investment consultant Dahab Associates.

Norfolk County Pension Searches Small-Cap Market

U.S. Equity: The Norfolk County Retirement System (NCRS), based in Canton, Mass., is currently accepting proposals from growth managers in the small-cap segment, IMMP has learned.

Louisiana Teachers Approve $200M PE Allocation

Alternative Investments: The Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana (TRSL) Board of Trustees gave the green light to invest up to $200 million with three private equity fund managers, confirmed Dana Brown, the plan's director of public markets.

New Haven Pension Plans Int’l Equity, Alts Searches

International Equity: In addition to proposing equity asset allocation changes, the New Haven City Employees Retirement Fund (CERF) Board of Trustees heard recently that its investment consultant Morgan Stanley is planning to search the market for international equity and alternative managers, new plan documents indicate.

*UPDATED* Oklahoma Tobacco Fund Starts High Yield Search

Fixed-Income: The Oklahoma Tobacco Endowment Settlement Trust (TSET) is currently accepting proposals for a new high yield investment contract, IMMP has learned.

New Hampshire Discusses Potential Micro-Cap Allocation

U.S. Equity: Investment Committee members at the more than $7 billion New Hampshire Retirement System (NHRS) are currently deliberating over a potential micro-cap allocation, plan documents indicate.

New Mexico’s SIC Subscribes to Clarion, JMI

Real Estate: The New Mexico State Investment Council (SIC) approved more than $100 million in new commitments to Clarion Partners and JMI Equity, confirmed spokesperson Charles Wollmann.

Norfolk County Searches for Alternative, Transitional Managers

Alternative Investments: The Norfolk County Retirement System (NCRS), under the guidance of investment consultant Wainwright Investment Counsel, is currently searching the market for private equity, real estate and transitional asset management firms.

Los Angeles City Considers Boston Company Termination

International Equity: The Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System (LACERS) will consider a proposal this week to terminate The Boston Company Asset Management (TBC) from its emerging markets equity contract.

Iowa Retirement Systems Search Consultant Market

On behalf of the more than $460 million pension portfolio under his administration, Iowa State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald said his office is currently accepting bids for investment consultant services, new procurement documents indicate.

Chicago Police Hires, Fires Fixed-Income Managers

Fixed-Income: Thanks to a new fixed-income structure and three manager terminations, the Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago (PABF) Board of Directors hired a slew of new money managers to take on new bond commitments.

Western Asset Joins Iowa Pension’s Watch List

The Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System (IPERS) added Western Asset Management to the plan’s watch list due to the departure of an emerging market debt (EMD) portfolio manager.

Virginia Pension Funds $750M to Public, Private Classes

U.S. Equity: The $65.2 billion Virginia Retirement System (VRS) disclosed Thursday that it has approved new investments to public and private equity, real assets and credit investment managers.

Vermont Pension Committee Begins A/L Risk Review

The Vermont Pension Investment Committee embarked on the first stage of its asset/liability risk management project this week, confirmed Chairman Stephen Rauh.

StanCERA Green Lights Greenfield Allocation

Real Estate: The Board of Retirement for the Stanislaus County Employees’ Retirement Association (StanCERA) has agreed to fund Greenfield Partners with a $15 million real estate mandate, IMMP has learned.

State-Boston Plan Looks to Fill 3 Investment Mandates

Alternative Investments: The State-Boston Retirement System is looking to fill mandates for secondaries, energy, and emerging market fund-of-funds.

Texas Municipal to Seek Absolute, Real Return Consultants

Alternative Investments: In addition to approving allocations to The Boston Company Asset Management and Champlain Investment Partners, the Texas Municipal Retirement System Board also agreed to searching the market for private market investment consultants.

Worcester Seeks Domestic Equity Small-Cap Growth Manager

U.S. Equity: The Worcester Retirement System of Massachusetts has issued a RFP for a manager with experience in domestic equity small-cap growth portfolios.

San Francisco Looking for Real Assets Consultant

The San Francisco City and County Employees’ Retirement System (SFERS) has issued a RFP for consulting services for its real assets portfolio.

Fresno County Issues Auditing Services RFP

The Fresno County Employees’ Retirement Association (FCERA) has issued a RFP for actuarial auditing services to the $3.9 billion plan.

Illinois Municipal Pension Cuts Agriculture Investment

Alternative Investments: The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Board of Trustees decided to cut out its relationship with Cozad/Westchester Agricultural Asset Management, an investment partnership that buys and manages agricultural properties.

Ann Arbor to Consider Hedge Fund Program

Alternative Investments: Investment consultant Meketa Investment Group has been given the green light by the Ann Arbor Employees’ Retirement System to offer additional information on a possible hedge fund program, IMMP has learned.

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