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Chicago Park Slates Minority Equity RFP Finalists Talks

International Equity: Board trustees for the Park Employees' Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago were due to hear presentations from three firms in its search for minority, female or disabled-owned international equity asset managers this month.

Ann Arbor Pension Pushes HF Program Forward

Alternative Investments: The direct hedge fund program discussion at the Ann Arbor Employees’ Retirement System Board will likely continue over the next few months as trustees will hear from potential managers.

WSIB Commits to PE, Tangible Assets Funds

Alternative Investments: A recent Washington State Investment Board (WSIB) meeting included the approval of six new investments, Spokeswoman Liz Mendizabal confirmed to IMMP.

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Stamford Police Pension Considers Consultant's Bond Strategy

Fixed-Income: The $200 million Stamford Police Pension Fund Board (SPPF) is considering a new alternatives fixed-income strategy offered by consultant Clearbrook Global Advisors.

Cambridge Retirement System Issues PE Search

Alternative Investments: Under the guidance of investment consultant Segal Rogerscasey, the Cambridge Contributory Retirement System is currently accepting bids for a $40 million private equity mandate, plan documents indicate.

Virginia Retirement System Distributes $2B to New Accounts

Alternative Investments: Fresh off its nearly 16% annual investment return, the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) has allocated nearly $2 billion to asset managers within the credit, real assets and equity exposures, confirmed plan spokeswomen Jeanne Chenault.

Indiana Pension Fund Hires, Fires Managers

U.S. Equity: In addition to adding Mercer as a new real estate investment consultant, the Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS) has agreed to terminate or redeem assets from a slew of managers in the public equity, absolute return and alternative asset classes.

Iowa Regents Board Sanctions Global Fixed-Income Hires

Fixed-Income: The Iowa Board of Regents, based on a recommendation from investment consultant Wilshire Associates and staff, has agreed to invest into global fixed-income strategies, confirmed Chief Business Officer Patrice Sayre.

Greenwich Retirees Slate Emerging Markets Review

The Town of Greenwich Retirement System Board of Trustees has asked investment consultant NEPC to prepare a book on likely emerging markets equity managers to consider.

Marin County Sticks with Incumbent Consultant

Following its assessment of the investment consulting space, the Marin County Employees’ Retirement Association (MCERA) will renew its agreement with Callan Associates, Administrator Jeff Wickman said.

Texas County & District Plan Commits $45M to Quantum Fund

Alternative Investments: The Quantum Energy Partners VI fund, a private equity vehicle, is the latest addition to the Texas County & District Retirement System’s (TCDRS) investment portfolio, an update on the plan’s website lists.

Fort Lauderdale 911 Schedules Opportunistic HF Primers

Alternative Investments: Over the next two months, trustees for the $797.5 million Fort Lauderdale Police & Fire Retirement System are scheduled to hear educational presentations from opportunistic hedge fund managers, confirmed plan spokesperson Fred Nesbitt.

Miami Beach Taps DFA for Emerging Markets

International Equity: The Miami Beach Employees’ Retirement Plan (MBERP) Board decided this week to allocate its new emerging market equity (EME) mandate to Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA), confirmed Pension Administrator Rick Rivera.

Hellman & Friedman Fund Gets Los Angeles County Commitment

Alternative Investments: The Board of Investments for the Los Angeles County Employees’ Retirement Association (LACERA) approved a commitment to private equity fund Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners VII at its meeting Wednesday.

Connecticut Treasurer Shines Light on Starwood Fund

Real Estate: Connecticut Treasurer Denise Nappier announced Starwood Capital Group Global will receive an up to $100 million commitment from the Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds (CRPTF).

Grand Rapids Retirement Systems Slot ADR Talks

International Equity: Board trustees for the Grand Rapids, Mich. General Retirement System (GRS) and Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) are slated to interview American Depository Receipts (ADRs) investment finalists, IMMP has learned.

Empire State Pension Forges Goldman Sachs' Global Equity Deal

International Equity: The New York State Common Retirement Fund (CRF)—advised by its sole trustee state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli—has signed a strategic global equity partnership with Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM).

San Diego City Releases Consulting Services RFP

The $7 billion San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS) is fielding proposals from investment consulting firms.

Louisiana Teachers’ Pen Blackstone Energy Investment

Alternative Investments: The Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana (TRSL) Board agreed this past weekend to invest up to $100 million with Blackstone Energy Partners, a private equity firm that invests in the global energy and natural resource sector.

Portfolio Changes on the Way at San Fran ERS

Real Estate: A new asset mix, along with manager terminations, could be on the way at the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System (SFERS) Board documents indicate.

Kentucky Wildcats Peeking at Direct HFs, Real Estate

Real Estate: Trustees and investment staff for the University of Kentucky (U.K.) are currently considering direct hedge funds and real estate options to help bring its endowment pool up to investment targets, plan documents indicate.

LACERS Board Could Approve Mid-Cap Manager Termination

U.S. Equity: Trustees at the $13.6 billion Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System (LACERS) will consider a recommendation to terminate a firm overseeing a mid-cap equity portfolio on its behalf.

Private Equity to Hold More Weight at Adams County Retirement Plan

Alternative Investments: The Adams County Retirement Plan will be placing a larger portion of its assets in private equity investments, executive director Pamela Mathisen said Monday.

Iowa Regents Considers Global Fixed-Income Funds

Fixed-Income: At a meeting next week, the Iowa Board of Regents is slated to discuss a recommendation to invest in three global fixed-income funds, plan materials indicate.

San Bernardino County Launches EME Search

International Equity: The San Bernardino County Employees’ Retirement Association (SBCERA) is in the market for active emerging markets equity investment strategies, according to an RFP released by the pension fund.

New Hampshire Initiates Multi-Sector Fixed-Income Search

Fixed-Income: The Investment Committee of the New Hampshire Retirement System (NHRS) sanctioned its investment staff and consultant NEPC to begin a manager search for multi-sector fixed-income strategies.

Oakland 911 Places Assets with DDJ

Fixed-Income: The Oakland Police and Fire Retirement System (OPFRS) has selected a firm to oversee a high yield/bank loan investment portfolio, David Sancewich, a principal at Pension Consulting Alliance, the fund’s consultant, said.

Stamford Firefighters Plan Mid-Cap Conversation

U.S. Equity: Trustees for the Stamford Firefighters Pension Fund (SFPF) have directed investment consultant Beirne Wealth Consulting to return next month with a list of potential mid-cap funds, IMMP has learned.

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