Better valuation, performance monitoring and risk assessment methods are needed for infrastructure assets if institutional capital is to play a key role in the economic recovery following Covid-19, experts say.
The $50 billion fund's deputy CIO - brought onto the panel to replace a sick Sam Sicilia - said the fund had enough liquidity amidst the early release scheme to manage "well beyond even the worst scenario we could imagine".
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Bringing teams together to find different ways to create liquidity over different timeframes was an important aspect of not only getting through at this critical time but also investing successfully in a substantial and rapid market recovery, the Cbus CIO describes.
While Sunsuper's access to cash and public market meant its alternatives allocations weren't tapped for liquidity to facilitate early release payments, Tomlinson said he could take advantage of some more liquid ‘hedge fund-type’ investments during tumbling markets.
“Everyone loves to hear about culture now,” according to Willis Towers Watson's Sara Rejal, who noted during a panel discussion at the Absolute Returns Conference Digital 2020 conference on Wednesday that funds are interested in a broader due diligence particularly with its hedge fund and alternative strategy partners.
Emerging evidence has helped funds refine their scenario planning to get a better feel for how investments will perform, according to Ian Patrick, who is considering a number of factors including lock down time frame changes and societal shifts in his forward economic and asset value assumptions.