Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System

Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System

Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System

Date Founded



7401 Register Drive,Des Moines, IA 50321-2954

Type of Company



Pension Funds & Sovereign Wealth
Investment Services & Portfolio Management

Company Description

Iowa Public Employees Retirement System's (IPERS) investment policies are designed to provide a return on the IPERS Trust Fund that when combined with the periodic contributions of the membership and employers, will meet or exceed the benefit funding requirements of the plan over time while staying within the Investment Board's tolerance for risk. Of primary importance, is the maintenance of funding which is adequate to provide for the payment of the plan's actuarially determined liabilities over time. All investment policy decisions include liquidity and risk considerations that are prudent and reasonable under the circumstances that exist over time. IPERS' public market investments include the following broad asset classes: Equities (Domestic, International, and Global Smart Beta Equities). Public market fixed-income investments include: Core-Plus Fixed Income, Public Credit, Public Real Assets, Public Real Assets, and Cash. In the private market, IPERS invests in Private Equity, Private Credit, and Private Real Assets.

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In The News
Orange County Register (California)
May 10, 2020
Editorial; Court gets another shot at pension rule
Private Equity International
December 12, 2016
Iowa pension sets $800m for PE in 2017
Private Equity International
September 2, 2014
IPERS commits over $270 million to private equity
Executives & Employees

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Investment Officer

Chief Benefits Officer

Managing Director & Senior Consultant

Director of Communications

State Treasurer

Investment Administrator

Consultant, Willshire Associates

Public Information Officer


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Investment Manager

BFM utilizes fixed-income strategies that are actively managed, model or index based. Actively managed fixed-income mandates generally employ an active investment style that emphasizes rotation among different types of debt on a relative value basis, specific security selection, quantitative analysis of each security and the portfolio as a whole and intensive credit analysis and review. They utilize a risk-controlled, systematic process for portfolio construction and alpha generation. Alpha sources may include security selection, duration and yield curve positioning, industry rotation, asset allocation, and currency positioning. BFM's equity platform includes a broad range of products that vary according to investment style (active, scientific and passive management), market-cap (small-, mid-, small/mid-, large- and all-cap), and geography (global, international and regional). The product range may also include sector funds, long-only and long-short portfolios, as well as products that combine different strategies to create balanced and asset allocation portfolios. For cash management portfolios, the investment process emphasizes safety and liquidity over yield. Their alternative mandates focus on sourcing and managing high-alpha investments with lower correlation to public markets and developing a holistic approach to address client needs in alternatives investing.

Technology Consultant

OCM specializes in alternative investments that inves tin closed-end, open-end and evergreen vehicles across four asset classes: Credit, Private Equity, Real Assets, and Listed Equities. They uses fundamental bottom-up analysis and may engage in long term or short term purchases, trading, short sales in certain strategies, margin transactions, and option writing, including covered options, uncovered options or spreading strategies.

Investment Manager

Clarion Partners manages private equity assets including office, retail, residential and industrial properties throughout the US. The firm develops and implements investment strategies that are designed to result in diversified portfolios of high quality assets that generate consistent cash flow and capital appreciation. They utilize proprietary market research and infrastructure to identify and acquire institutional quality properties on behalf of their clients. Clarion Partners' portfolios are well-diversified across property types and geographical regions.

Legal Advisor

Partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Principal, Consulting Actuary at Cavanaugh Macdonald Consulting LLC

Former Chief Pension Actuary at Cavanaugh Macdonald Consulting LLC


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