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Institutions wary about Russia
trueFalling oil prices, a plummeting currency, sanctions and the threat of capital controls in Russia are forcing investors and index providers to intensify their focus on that market.
Forecasters see U.S. leading the growth in 2015
trueThe U.S. will lead the way to an uptick in global market growth in 2015, with different markets picking up steam at different paces, said market forecasters.
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.
Alpha opportunities seen from continuing volatility
trueHedge fund managers are confident that 2015 will — at last — bring the levels of volatility and dispersion they need to outperform equity markets and re-establish their reputation as alpha generators.
Illinois Municipal considers switching U.S. equity benchmark to Russell 3000
trueIllinois Municipal Retirement Fund, Oak Brook, next month will consider changing its U.S. equity benchmark to the Russell 3000 from the Dow Jones Total Stock Market index.
Portfolio managers share visions of sugar plums
trueIn the spirit of the season, Pensions & Investments asked senior stock pickers at some of the world’s largest money managers what they would like for their holiday gift.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus rally
trueS&P Dow Jones Indices conducted an analysis to test the theory of a “Santa Claus rally” and found evidence supporting the phenomenon actually exists.
Hialeah Police Pension Fund seeks domestic large-cap managers
trueHialeah (Fla.) Police Pension Fund is searching for at least one domestic large-cap equity manager to run $10 million.
Renaissance Capital: U.S. IPOs raise most money since 2000
trueProceeds raised in U.S. initial public offerings are up 54.6% in 2014, according to Renaissance Capital's 2014 Annual Review of U.S. IPOs (dated Dec. 17). The $84.9 billion of IPO proceeds in 2014 are the highest since 2000, when $96.9 billion was raised.
Sunrise General Employees launches U.S. midcap equity search
trueSunrise (Fla.) General Employees’ Retirement Fund is searching for an active domestic midcap value equity manager to run $24 million.
Missouri Local Government looking for U.S. midcap manager in invitation-only search
trueMissouri Local Government Employees Retirement System is conducting an invitation-only search for an active domestic midcap growth equity manager to run $90 million.
Massachusetts Housing pension fund looking for emerging markets equity manager
trueMassachusetts Housing Finance Agency Employees' Retirement System is searching for an emerging markets equity manager to run about $10 million.
Manulife Asset Management lifts out 2 from Jupiter for emerging markets equity
trueManulife Asset Management has lifted out two executives from Jupiter Asset Management in London to manage a new global emerging markets equity portfolio.
Natixis survey: Investors look to public equity for best performance in 2015
trueNearly half of institutional investors, 46%, believe that public equities will provide the best performance potential in 2015, said a survey by Natixis Global Asset Management of 642 investors' market outlook opinions.
Illinois Teachers taps new real estate consultant, makes several new hires, commitments
trueIllinois Teachers' Retirement System hired Courtland Partners as consultant for its $5.7 billion real estate portfolio at a board meeting Thursday.