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Texas Municipal taps Albourne as real-return, absolute-return consultant
trueTexas Municipal Retirement System hired Albourne America as its first real-return and absolute-return consultant.
Hawaii Employees OKs real estate, infrastructure commitments
trueHawaii Employees' Retirement System, Honolulu, approved $105 million total in real estate commitments and a $50 million infrastructure commitment, said Vijoy Chattergy, chief investment officer.
Blackstone's AUM up 15% for the year
trueBlackstone Group's assets under management totaled $284 billion as of Sept. 30, up 1.8% from $279 billion in the second quarter and up 15% from the previous year, the alternative investment firm reported Thursday.
Aviva Investors hires 2 for infrastructure team
trueVeronique Leroy was named head of infrastructure investment services at Aviva Investors, spokesman Steve Ainger said in an e-mail.
Germany's BVK favors buyout, hedge funds
trueGermany’s biggest public pension fund plans to invest more in private equity and hedge funds and reduce its bond holdings as low interest rates curb returns.
Geldof makes case at NAPF conference for new areas of pension fund investment
trueThe case for investing in new markets and asset classes is stronger than ever, given "ridiculous" bond yields, said Sir Bob Geldof, musician, business entrepreneur and political activist.
PIMCO upheaval opens doors for real assets firms
trueYears of low bond yields got real asset managers talking to asset owners looking for an alternative income source, but William H. Gross' departure from Pacific Management Investment Co. LLC has supercharged the conversations.
World Bank seeks investors for infrastructure with new platform
trueThe World Bank is seeking to help developing countries find money for infrastructure projects with a platform that aims to make them attractive to investors such as pension funds.
Study shows returns of listed REITs beat other asset classes
trueReal estate investment trusts offered the highest net return of all asset classes for 900 corporate and public defined benefit plans between 1998 and 2011, says a soon-to-be-released study by research firm CEM Benchmarking Inc.
Standard Life Investments fills infrastructure debt post on new team
trueJeremy Allcock was appointed head of infrastructure debt at Standard Life Investments, as SLI looks to build a team to cover the asset class.
Preqin: Private equity fundraising slows in Q3
trueAccording to preliminary figures released this week, Preqin said 185 private equity funds closed on $73 billion in capital during the third quarter. That amount was down 49% from the previous quarter and off 30.5% from the third quarter a year ago.
8 Danish institutional investors moving $1.4 billion into infrastructure fund
trueEight Danish institutional investors committed a total of 8 billion Danish kroner ($1.4 billion) to Copenhagen Infrastructure II, an energy infrastructure fund managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.
Macquarie infrastructure fund closes at $3 billion
trueMacquarie Group’s infrastructure and real assets division closed Macquarie Infrastructure Partners III at its $3 billion hard cap.
Alaska Permanent makes $250 million infrastructure commitment
trueAlaska Permanent Fund Corp., Juneau, committed $250 million to Morgan Stanley Infrastructure II, said agenda materials prepared for the Sept. 25-26 board meeting.
Merced County Employees taps 2 for infrastructure
trueMerced County (Calif.) Employees' Retirement Association hired two infrastructure managers