CalPERS partners with Ryedale to develop Asset Allocation System

New system, “Artemis,” embraces the latest cloud technology

July 24, 2015, SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) announced today they have gone live with Artemis, a new asset allocation software system developed by Ryedale, an investment management solutions design firm based in London.

The system currently provides comprehensive portfolio management and order management solutions for CalPERS’ Affiliate Program. The Affiliate Program is made up of several trust plans independent of the Public Employees’ Retirement Fund which CalPERS administers and invests on their behalf.

“This system embraces the latest cloud technology and reduces the operational risk of a process that previously had a large manual component,” said Dan Bienvenue, CalPERS’ Senior Investment Officer of Global Equity. “It improves efficiencies and reduces operational costs, so we are very pleased with the system as a whole.”

Artemis provides the book of record for the Affiliate Funds’ policy weights and the discretion thresholds around them. It also serves as the investment book of record for unit-level holdings, which can be aggregated and compared to policy weights to recommend changes in holdings. The new system supports oversight and control of the full order and execution process, and it transmits those investment instructions securely and electronically. Artemis also has the ability to scale to a larger platform beyond the $13 billion Affiliate Program. In the future, it may be expanded for use across the entire Public Employees’ Retirement Fund.

Ryedale’s understanding of the complex management needs of an organization such as CalPERS, and their specialization in turn-key asset allocation, portfolio management, and trade order management solutions was critical to the success of Artemis. For more information on Ryedale, visit www.ryedale.com.

For more than eight decades, CalPERS has built retirement and health security for State, school, and public agency members who invest their lifework in public service. Our pension fund serves more than 1.7 million members in the CalPERS retirement system and administers benefits for more than 1.4 million members and their families in our health program, making us the largest defined-benefit public pension in the U.S. CalPERS’ total fund market value currently stands at approximately $300 billion. For more information, visit www.calpers.ca.gov.