January 31, 2012

Newton Wins Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System Mandate


BNY Mellon asset manager announces first U.S. institutional win for its Global Real Return strategy

LONDON and NEW YORK, January 31, 2012 — Newton,* part of BNY Mellon Asset Management, has announced that Newton Capital Management Limited has recently been awarded a $50m global real return mandate for the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System (APERS). 

APERS was established by legislation enacted in 1957 and has subsequently expanded to include State, County, Municipal, School, and other political subdivisions. The mission of APERS is to provide current and future retirement or survivor benefits for its nearly 74,000 members. APERS is responsible for investing a portfolio of $5.6 billion on behalf of its members.

Commenting on the win, Helena Morrissey CBE, chief executive officer of Newton*, said, "While seeking to protect clients' capital is a priority, especially during these volatile markets, this strategy aims to achieve more - a total return for our clients.  Being selected to manage a portion of APERS' assets is key recognition of the attractiveness of our real return strategy to US institutions."

Newton's 'real return' strategy is an actively managed multi-asset strategy which takes an unconstrained approach to targeting absolute returns. Initially launched in 2004, total assets in this strategy currently amount to $8bn.

Newton* is a London-based global asset management subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation and part of BNY Mellon Asset Management. With assets under management of more than 45.9 billion pounds Sterling, including assets managed by Newton Investment Management Limited as dual officers of Newton Capital Management Limited and The Bank of New York Mellon, Newton's group of affiliated companies provides a broad range of award-winning investment products and services to individuals, pension funds, charities and corporations. News and other information about Newton is available at www.newton.co.uk.

BNY Mellon Asset Management is one of the world's leading asset management organizations, encompassing BNY Mellon's affiliated investment management firms and global distribution companies. Information about BNY Mellon Asset Management can be found at www.bnymellonam.com.

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