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  1. Assets invested in separate accounts starting to add up

    truePrivate equity separate accounts and other alternatives to commingled funds raised nearly half the assets of traditional funds since 2007 as asset owners strive to gain control, manage returns and cut fees paid to private equity managers.

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  1. Real estate managers likely to ratchet up risk in search of better returns

    trueInvestors are likely to dip their toes into riskier real estate investments in 2015, while high-flying core fund returns are expected to fall back to earth, industry executives say.

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  2. Private equity investors could see more cash back, better returns

    truePrivate equity managers are more likely to sell than buy in 2015. This should give investors more cash in their pockets from the expected distributions from these sales. These distributions of capital will help keep private equity's internal rates of return up.

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  4. New concerns arise for asset owners, but an old one never left

    trueAsset owners will have some relatively new worries in 2015 — geopolitical risk, oil-price declines and the impact of changes in mortality tables on funding — but there’s also a familiar concern revolving around interest rates.

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  5. Private equity investors join together to get benefits of separate account

    trueNot all institutional investors have the capital to write the significant checks required to start a separate account, so they have created ways to still reap the benefits of those accounts.

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  6. San Diego County eyes CIO hiring in early February

    trueSan Diego County Employees Retirement Association expects to begin interviews for an internal chief investment officer on Jan. 5 with a selection to be made as early as Feb. 6.

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  7. Texas Employees beefs up hedge fund portfolio

    trueTexas Employees Retirement System, Austin, came close to meeting the 5% target allocation to its dedicated hedge fund portfolio.

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  8. Highland Capital wins $40 million award in Credit Suisse case

    trueHighland Capital Management won a $40 million jury award after successfully arguing Credit Suisse AG duped the debt manager into refinancing a shaky real estate development.

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  9. OECD: Largest pension funds still slow on infrastructure despite higher alts allocations

    trueInfrastructure investing activity remains low among the largest pension funds and public pension reserve funds worldwide, despite increased allocations to other alternative investments, a report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development showed.

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  10. Banks get two more years to divest private equity, hedge funds under Volcker rule

    trueBanks will have two more years to divest themselves of private equity and hedge funds to comply with a Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act provision known as the Volcker rule.

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  11. Church of England grows U.K. forestland portfolio with £49 million acquisition

    trueThe Church Commissioners for England, London, have become the largest private commercial forestry investor in the U.K., with a deal to purchase a £49 million ($76.8 million) forestry portfolio.

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  12. Jacksonville City Retirement System taps Prudential for real estate commitment

    trueJacksonville (Fla.) City Retirement System committed $40 million to Prudential Real Estate Investors’ PRISA II fund, said Joey Greive, chief investment officer.

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  13. El Paso Firemen & Policemen commits to Linden Capital Partners III

    trueEl Paso (Texas) Firemen & Policemen Pension Fund committed $8 million to Linden Capital Partners III, pending legal review.

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