UN pension fund in advisor search for timber and agri push

The United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund is looking to make inroads in the sectors as part of a revamped real assets investment strategy.

The United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund has begun a search for a new advisor to its investment management division in a bid to expand its real assets portfolio, including timber and agri.

The world governing body’s pension fund said it has “extensive” existing investments in real estate but is now “in the process of growing its infrastructure, timber and agriculture portion of the portfolio”. UNJSPF is now looking for an adviser – or advisers – who can help the fund in at least two of those three categories.

The pension fund said any investments made by its real assets division would be in open- or closed-ended funds rather than direct investments. UNJSPF’s search began earlier this month and the fund is now considering the applications received.

UNJSPF’s assets are valued at a total $54.2 billion and the fund serves more than 72,000 beneficiaries. It targets long-term investment returns of 3.5 percent.