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ALO07: CIOs on the Edge of Finance ft. Katherine Molnar & Andrew Spellar
6th April 2022 • Top Traders Unplugged • Niels Kaastrup-Larsen
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In today’s episode, Alan Dunne is joined by Katherine Molnar, CIO of Fairfax County Police Officers Retirement System, and Andrew Spellar, CIO of Fairfax County Employees Retirement System, to discuss how asset allocation is handled by one of the best performing public pension funds, how they manage risk and balance their portfolio through diversification, how the current instability in the markets has shaped their investment strategy, expectations of returns for different investment strategies, running portfolios using a risk parity framework, moving into digital assets, manager selection and much more.


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In this episode, we discuss:

  • How asset allocation is handled in a successful public pension fund like Fairfax County Retirement System
  • How they manage risk and create balance in their portfolios
  • How instability in the markets has shaped their strategy
  • How they look at return expectations
  • The (brave) move into digital assets
  • Manager selection
  • Skills and challenges of being a CIO


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Episode TimeStamps:

00:00 - Intro

03:05 - Overview of Fairfax County’s asset allocation strategy

14:27 - How has the current market affected their strategy?

19:35 - The growth of risk mitigation strategies

28:42 - Setting return expectations

37:02 - What scenario keeps Molnar and Spellar awake at night?

39:38 - Digital assets in a public pension plan

51:05 - Manager selection...the insight scoop

58:00 - Skills and challenges of being a CIO

01:04:30 - Advice on becoming a better allocator

01:08:08 - Thanks for listening

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