CERN Pension Chief Pushes Global Macro Model

May 31 2013 | 10:17am ET

One pension fund manager has a message for his peers: Start acting like a global macro hedge fund, or pay someone to do it for you.

Theodore Economou, who leads the European Center for Nuclear Research's 4 billion Swiss franc pension fund, urged other pension to act as his does, employing sophisticated risk-management systems to cut volatility and improve returns, much as the best global macro hedge funds do. And if that's not possible, Economou says, pension should hand their entire portfolio to a hedge fund manager.

"We manage towards an absolute return target," he told Professional Pensions. "We believe our model can and should be replicated by pension funds with the same goals as CERN because we think the model represents an answer to the industry's challenges."

Economou adds that the hedge fund industry can "come to the rescue of the pension fund industry."


In Depth

Q&A: Brevan Howard’s Charlotte Valeur Talks Strategy

Sep 18 2014 | 11:18am ET

Charlotte Valeur chairs the board of Brevan Howard Credit Catalysts, an LSE listed...

Lifestyle

Griffin Donates $1M To Rauner's Illinois Gov. Campaign

Sep 22 2014 | 9:29am ET

Hedge fund billionaire Kenneth Griffin definitely has a dog in this race. The Citadel...

Guest Contributor

Top 5 Predicted Outcomes Of CalPERS' Hedge Fund Divestment

Sep 22 2014 | 8:35am ET

CalPERS’ announcement to divest of hedge funds has created a significant buzz...

 

Editor's Note

    Get A Sneak Peak Of The Alpha Pages

    Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET

    As many of you know, FINalternatives was recently acquired by the owners of Futures magazine, a firm called The Alpha Pages LLC. Today marks the soft-launch of a new sister site for both publications. As its name suggests, The Alpha Pages will cover all types of alternative investments, going far beyond the more well-known ones such as hedge funds and private equity. Read more…

 

Futures Magazine

September 2014 Cover

The London Whale: Rogue risk management

Credit default swaps brought down the London Whale and cost JPMorgan $6.2 billion. Here is how it happened.

The Alpha Pages

TAP July/August 2014 Cover

The Alpha Pages Interview: Senator Rand Paul

Senator Paul sat down in the debut series of the Alpha Pages Interview to discuss the broken tax code, regulation surrounding Bitcoin, and his plans for the 2016 Presidential election.