In order to keep investment risks as low as possible, ACERA invests in a diverse group of investments called “asset classes.” ACERA’s investment team, investment consultants, and the Board of Retirement together strategically determine the portions of the fund to allocate to the classes of assets in order to minimize risk while maximizing return.
Stock in U.S. companies. When you buy shares in a company in the form of stocks, you are part owner of the company, and can be paid part of the company’s profits. If you sell your shares for more than you bought them for, you keep the gain.
The same as domestic equity, except the companies are headquartered outside of the U.S.
Primarily bonds. A bond is where a company or government entity borrows your money for a defined period of time at a fixed or floating interest rate.
(Real, Tangible Properties)
Land plus any fixed structures on the land. Profit from real estate investments can come from rent or selling property for more than you paid for it.
An investment that is not one of the three traditional asset types (stocks, bonds, and cash). Private Equity includes companies that invest in startup and non-public companies or in fixing companies whose business is lagging.
(Stable, positive returns)
Investment strategies which produce returns that are uncorrelated to the other asset classes and enhance diversification. They include a variety of hedge funds, fund of hedge funds, and alternative premia strategies along with private investments.
Real assets, i.e. tangible assets that have value due to their substance and properties. They can include precious metals, agricultural commodities like wheat and coffee, and oil. Profit from real assets comes from increases in price of the assets.
Senior secured, first or second lien loans made to private companies. The loans are typically floating rate loans made to companies with the equivalent of low-investment-grade to high-below-investment-grade credit quality. A large proportion of the loans are made to companies owned by a private equity sponsor. Returns are generated from interest on the loan, fees, and the return of principal.