The French real assets manager has added 14,000 ha and €50m in value to its timber holdings with the acquisition of 15 forests in central Finland.
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The acquisition of Australia’s Palgrove Stud brings the sovereign fund’s land portfolio to 33 farms worth $215m.
The $8.3bn pension has changed return benchmarks and earmarked one-fifth of its 7% real assets allocation for agriculture, timber and other natural resources investments.
Many managers are coming forward with ideas, but the lack of scalability, high fees and a short track record remain significant hurdles to the sector’s growth, says Frontier’s Martin Thompson.
Albourne America replaced Aon Hewitt to oversee the $30bn retirement system’s investments in alternatives, including real assets.
The founder and chief investment officer of Coller Capital says the secondaries firm will focus on real assets, including natural resources, amid shockwaves created by Brexit, the Trump administration and emerging-market concerns.
The $323bn pension fund last year proposed expanding its forestland program, which has consistently missed its benchmark since inception, to include agricultural products.
Atlanta-based research firm eVestment reports an 85% increase in real asset allocations over the past year.
Ian Williams joins from BNY Mellon, where he served in a similar role for 11 years.
Senior investment manager Ryan Sullivan says demand for real asset investments will be strengthened as US investors seek inflation protection.