Fallout from the coronavirus pandemic failed to slow a push into private equity co-investments by one of California's largest public pension plans during this year's first half. The $253.6B California State Teachers' Retirement System ramped up commitments to both co-investing alongside fund general partners and to opportunistic debt funds.
Baupost Group, the hedge fund run by Seth Klarman, received more than $3 billion in July from its bet on insurance claims against PG&E Corp. connected to a series of deadly California wildfires.
California Public Employees' Retirement System Investment Chief Ben Meng has resigned after about a year and a half in the position at the nation's largest pension fund, according to the fund. It marks an abrupt exit for the investment chief, who set out to implement a reform agenda at the giant pension.
Prabhu Palani is the CIO of the City of San Jose's Retirement System, one of the 10 largest cities in the U.S., where he manages a $6 billion multi-asset class portfolio for two distinct plans. In this interview, he discusses his successful experiences working with some of the largest institutional buy-side firms, why the City of San Jose takes on an endowment-like approach with exposure to private asset classes, and how he plans on leveraging the proximity to Silicon Valley to generate healthy returns.
The hedge-fund boss asked Musk to consider three of Howard Hughes' communities for Tesla's new base. Musk threatened to move Tesla out of California this month after officials ordered him not to reopen the electric-car maker's factory due to local lockdown measures.
A U.S. Republican lawmaker urged California to fire the chief investment officer of its public pension fund, the nation's largest, citing what he called the CIO's "long and cozy" relationship with Beijing, and assailed the fund's investments in Chinese companies.
The investment committee of CalPERS plans to make a decision on whether to retain Wilshire Associates as its general investment consultant and Meketa Investment Group as its private equity consultant, real estate consultant, and infrastructure consultant.
Efforts by Apple, Facebook and Google to address the California housing crunch must contend with the forces that created it.
The changes will help improve diversification, enhance portfolio down-side protection and take advantage of the risk-return profile of private assets as outlined in the investor's "collaborative model" initiative.
"It was a roller coaster year and a very challenging environment in which to generate returns," said CalSTRS CIO Christopher Ailman. "Thanks to the in-house expertise of our investment team, we were able to come very close to our assumed rate of return despite the instability of the market."