Thu, Dec 18, 2014
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Alternative Market Briefing

Textron pension plan wants to invest in private debt structures (1)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

amb
Charles Van Vleet
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

As a private pension fund CIO at Textron, Charles Van Vleet gives insight into his strategic asset allocation over the next 12 months and his best tactical allocation ideas. He explains why he is increasing his allocation in private debt structure funds, and why corporate plan sponsors often prefer private equity alignment and structures but also want to control extension risk.

Textron’s pension plan is currently 50% invested in public equity, 20% alternatives and the balance in fixed income.

Within the fixed income allocation, "we would be considered very duration-light, LDI -light, we’re not particularly concerned about surplus volatility for Textron…," Mr. Van Vleet says during a recent Opalesque video interview. Furthermore, the corporate plan sponsor is only 18% hedge ratio - probably about half as much as its peer group.

LDI (Liability Driven Investment) is a form of investing in which the main goal is to gain sufficient assets to meet all liabilities, both current and future.

Within alternatives, Textron’s largest allocation is in direct core real estate, 3% in hedge funds and the balance in private equity.

With regards to Textron strategic and tactical allocation over the next year, the objective this year is to increase the direct core r......................

To view our full article Click here

Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing


  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. Investing - Big hedge funds win again on PetSmart, Riverbed, RBS sells real estate loans to hedge fund Cerberus, Talisman energy speculation: Which hedge funds could benefit?[more]

    Big hedge funds win again on PetSmart, Riverbed From CNBC.com: Another week, another set of wins for activist investors. On Sunday, pet supply retailer PetSmart agreed to the largest leveraged buyout of the year at $8.7 billion. Hedge fund firm JANA Partners had been pushing for a sale a

  2. Outlook - Hedge fund manager who remembers 1998 rout says prepare for pain, Bond guru Bill Gross predicts U.S. economic growth to dip to 2%[more]

    Hedge fund manager who remembers 1998 rout says prepare for pain From Bloomberg.com: Stephen Jen landed in Hong Kong in early January 1997 as Morgan Stanley’s newly minted exchange-rate strategist for Asia. He was soon working around the clock when investors began targeting the region’s

  3. Opalesque Exclusive: U.S. legal receivables fund launched in August[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Investing in asset-backed receivables is a strategy that has been an integral part of the alternative investment space within the overall fixed income asset c

  4. Comment - High fees and low performance hit hedge funds[more]

    From FT.com: Disenchantment over high fees and lackluster performance may finally be turning the tide against hedge funds, fresh data suggest. Despite generally weak returns since the global financial crisis, hedge funds have enjoyed positive net inflows every year since 2010. This helped assets und

  5. Performance - Lansdowne, Man Group, other hedge funds profit from shorts in oil, Turmoil boosts hedge funds that bet against Russia, oil, CTAs post strongest returns since December 2010[more]

    Lansdowne, Man Group, other hedge funds profit from shorts in oil From Valuewalk.com: The rising short interest in oil companies implies that the worst for oil is yet to come. Data from Markit shows that short exposure in energy sector of S&P 500 is still looming close to the highest mar