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St. Petersburg Fire Pension Fund taps small-cap value manager
St. Petersburg (Fla.) Fire Pension Fund hired Frontier Capital Management to run about $10 million in active domestic small-cap value equities.
Gottex, Astmax to offer absolute-return strategies to Japanese institutional investors
Gottex Fund Management and Tokyo-based Astmax Asset Management announced Thursday an agreement to work together to provide institutional investors in Japan with absolute-return-focused investment strategies, including hedge funds and multiasset approaches.
Louisiana Teachers expected to launch $172 million midcap growth search in June
Louisiana Teachers' Retirement System, Baton Rouge, is expected to begin searching for an active domestic midcap growth manager to run $172 million following the pension fund's board meeting on June 11.
Cornwall County Council Pension Fund seeks frontier markets equity manager
Cornwall County Council Pension Fund, Truro, England, issued an RFP for a manager to run a £60 million ($93 million) global frontier markets equity portfolio.
Managers offer varied views on economic outlook at Milken conference
Five institutional money managers offered different economic predictions in “Reading the Tea Leaves,” a panel discussion Wednesday at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Top endowments, foundations had more equity, less alternatives
The top-performing foundations and endowments in 2012 had the same two things in common — higher equity exposure and lower allocations to alternatives — according to a spotlight report from the Wilshire Trust Universe Comparison Service.
Chicago Policemen hires 2 for emerging markets equity, plans May bond searches
Chicago Policemen's Annuity & Benefit Fund hired Lazard Asset Management and EARNEST Partners to run a combined 6% of assets, or about $186 million, in emerging markets equity.
Goldman: Small-cap equities to benefit more if domestic growth picks up
In a research note to clients last week, Goldman Sachs said it is forecasting the Russell 2000 index to generate a total return of 14% over the next 12 months, compared with 6% for the S&P 500 index. Small-cap equities, the firm says, are "well-positioned if domestic growth accelerates and investor
Institutions continued shedding equity, fixed income in 2012
Assets continued to flow out of tax-exempt equity and fixed-income products in 2012, while higher-yield-seeking strategies saw the bulk of inflows, according to the annual Style, Trends, Analysis and Research report from Callan Associates Inc.
Fred Alger swims against current in world crazy for alternatives
Growth equity boutique Fred Alger Management Inc. is fighting the trend toward alternatives and other investment strategies.
International strategies key to quant rebound
International and emerging markets equity strategies have helped some boutique quantitative managers bounce back from outflow and performance problems that have plagued most quant managers since the 2008-2009 financial crisis.
Google searches appear to predict stock market moves, new paper says
Google search terms might provide warning signs of stock market moves, according to a paper published by Nature Publishing Group's Scientific Report.
Omaha Civilian Employees chooses hedge funds-of-funds, midcap growth managers
Omaha (Neb.) Civilian Employees' Retirement System hired hedge fund-of-funds manager SSARIS Advisors to run $17 million and New Amsterdam Partners to run $12 million in active domestic midcap growth equities.
Lauderhill Firefighters' Retirement seeks emerging markets equity manager
Lauderhill Firefighters' Retirement System, Palatka, Fla., is searching for an active emerging markets equity manager to run about $1 million.
Iowa Public Employees to switch large-cap growth managers
Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System, Des Moines, issued an RFP in a search for an active, long-only U.S. large-cap growth equity manager to run $600 million.