Principal Investment Officer, Global Fixed Income
The State of Connecticut Treasurer's Office, Pension Fund Management Division (PFM Division), managing over $48 billion in assets, is searching for a Principal Investment Officer (PIO) responsible for the management of the $10.5 billion Global Fixed Income Fund, consisting of Core Fixed Income, High Yield, and Emerging Markets Debt funds.
The Office of the Treasurer includes an Executive Office and six divisions, each with specific responsibilities, including Cash Management, Debt Management, Management Services, Pension Funds Management, Second Injury Fund, and Unclaimed Property.
As sole trustee of six state pension funds and nine trust funds, known collectively as the Connecticut Retirement Plans & Trust Funds (CRPTF), the Treasurer is responsible for overall policy, planning and general administration and management of the assets for retirement plans serving approximately 296,000 state and municipal employees, teachers, retirees, and survivors, as well as trust funds that support academic programs, grants, and initiatives throughout the state.
Shawn T. Wooden was sworn in as the 83rd
Treasurer of Connecticut in January 2019; he previously spent 21 years as an investment attorney specializing in public pension plans. Treasurer Wooden’s primary objective is to generate strong risk-adjusted investment returns that meet or exceed the 6.9% annual plan objective over a market cycle to address the State’s unfunded pension liability. Another key priority is to engage on corporate governance issues that affect shareholder value.
The Investment Advisory Council (IAC), created by the General Assembly, advises the Treasurer in setting investment policies and procedures. The membership of the IAC
consists of the State Treasurer (ex-officio), Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management (ex-officio), five public members appointed by the Governor and legislative leadership, all of whom are required to be experienced in matters relating to investments, three representatives of the teachers' unions, and two representatives of the state employees' unions.
The PFM Division is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the CRPTF. It assists the Treasurer and IAC in developing investment policy and asset allocation strategies, supervises and monitors the performance of investment managers and consultants, and sources and diligence new investment opportunities and strategies. The Division also supports the Treasurer in the analysis of plan liabilities.
The Chief Investment Officer (CIO) leads the PFM Division and is responsible and accountable for the CRPTF
investment program. The CIO, with the Deputy CIO leads a team of 25, including the Principal Investment Officers responsible for Global Equity, Global Fixed Income, Private Equity/Private Credit, Real Assets, Short-Term Investments, Liquidity, Risk Management, Operations and Portfolio Analytics, and Corporate Governance and Sustainable Investments.
External consulting firms providing specific research and analytical expertise are retained to augment the Division’s internal resources. Meketa Investment Group currently serves as the general consultant and consults on the Global Fixed Income investments. State Street Bank & Trust serves as the custodian, and Deutsche Bank is responsible for marketing the securities lending program.
The PIO of Global Fixed Income reports to the CIO and is responsible for the management of the day-to-day activities for the $10.5 billion Global Fixed Income portfolio. The portfolio, externally managed by over 16 investment managers, consists of the Core Fixed Income Fund ($5.5 billion), High Yield Fund ($2.2 billion), and Emerging Markets Debt Fund ($2.8 billion).
The Global Fixed Income asset class consists of several different investment debt strategies and investment vehicles, including externally managed separate accounts and mandates. These portfolios consist of domestic and international publicly traded securities and are the vehicles by which the CRPTF makes investments in the global fixed income markets.
- Core Fixed Income Fund (CFIF) - invests primarily in fixed-income securities in the domestic U.S. markets.
- High Yield Fund (HYF) - invests primarily in domestic below investment-grade debt securities.
- Emerging Markets Debt Fund (EMDF) - invests primarily in emerging market fixed income securities and currencies denominated both in U.S. dollar and foreign currencies.
The Global Fixed Income PIO is accountable for monitoring, reporting, evaluating, and recommending investment opportunities and for risk management oversight of the debt assets within the CFIF, HYF, and the EMDF. A key priority for the Global Fixed Income PIO is to develop and implement the State’s investment policies through the preparation and execution of investment strategies to achieve the short and long-term objectives of the program.
Listed below are some of the key responsibilities:
- Perform credit research and analyses of economic indicators to project trends and their impact on the portfolio and other CRPTF investment programs.
- Conduct feasibility reviews of potential investments and present the merits and risks of suitable investment opportunities to the CIO, Treasurer, and the IAC.
- Participate in overall portfolio construction for the Global Fixed Income portfolio and propose allocations at the sub-asset class level, including sectors, industries, security type, geography, etc.
- Negotiate the business terms and investment guidelines of investment contracts with external investment managers.
- Conduct periodic reviews of on-going investment programs and recommend changes in strategy as required and stay informed on events and other factors which could affect investment programs.
- Perform complex analysis of portfolio holdings, incorporating fixed income attribution and risk management analysis, including scenario analysis.
- Maintain close contact with state agencies and private sector vendors (e.g., consultants, investment managers, custodian bank, etc.).
- Develop and implement procedures for the proper oversight and safeguard of portfolio assets.
- Prepare reports requested by the CIO.