Released last week by eVestment, Consultant Outlooks: 2021 is an aggregated look the capital markets assumptions compiled from six industry consultants. Aon, Callan, Meketa, NEPC, Verus, and Wilshire. Sourced from eVestment Market Lens from December 2020 through February 2021, the data offers a look into what these six top consultants expect to see in the private markets.
Each month, thousands of documents are added and viewed on eVestment’s Market Lens platform. In February, one of the most viewed documents was a Private Markets Pacing Analysis presentation from consultant RVK for Vermont Pension Investment Committee (VPIC). VPIC is responsible for administering the assets of the public employees of the state of Vermont and is an active in the private markets.
2020 proved to be a mixed bag for the private markets in terms of fundraising. While some asset classes thrived, others struggled mightily to deal with the impact of the pandemic. Within private debt, so called dislocation funds saw a surge in interest as LPs looked for opportunistic investment opportunities.
According to the year-end edition of our eVestment Private Markets Monthly Monitor, private debt saw $33.7 billion in reported commitments from 79 different public pension plans in 2020, a 31% increase from the segment’s final 2019 figure. The 2020 total was comprised of 319 commitments representing a 46% increase compared 2019.
Our newly published report, detailing commitments reported by public pension plans to private funds through 2020, uncovers that 120 plans reported commitments of $83.1 billion to private equity funds in the year. The total represents a 20% increase from the 2019 full year figure and shows that institutional investors were able to adapt to digital due diligence and push forward with commitment pacing plans.
New data from eVestment Private Markets: Published February 9, 2021, the year-end edition of the eVestment Private Markets Monthly Monitor found that public plans investors committed $154.6 billion to private funds in 2020. The amounted to a 2% increase from the previous year’s mark and indicate that pension plans were not afraid to put capital to work during the pandemic.
As a Senior Investment Officer at the Office of the New York City Comptroller, Eneasz Kadziela, CFA, CAIA is part of a team that is responsible for advising and monitoring the private equity portfolio of the five New York City retirement systems who are in aggregate $229 billion in assets and benefit the public employees, teachers, firefighters, and police of New York City
A change of government leadership in the United States almost always means an accompanying change in economic policy and initiatives. At the portfolio company-level, private markets fund managers are deeply entrenched in virtually all sectors of the economy, so one way or another, new administrations mean an impact on investor portfolios.
With 2020 behind us and digital due diligence & fundraising now the norm, fund managers need every insight and advantage available to them to rise above their virtual competition and win commitments. One advantage, at the disposal of eVestment Market Lens users, is access public pension plan portfolio reviews. These documents, produced by internal investment teams or the investor’s consultants, are a look behind the curtain at the inner workings of an institutional-level investment program