Welcome to Pensions & Investments' 12th annual Databook.
In this issue, readers will find a collection of charts, tables and statistics on a variety of investment management subjects. This compilation is a reference book for tax-exempt fund executives as well as executives of money management firms, consulting firms and other vendors.
A good portion of the data comes from the pages of P&I during 2012. As regular readers know, P&I publishes a vast amount of data about pension funds and other institutional investors every year, mostly from our own surveys. Our goal with Databook is to capture most of that data in one place. Among the highlights are two big rankings undertaken jointly with Towers Watson & Co., one on the world's largest retirement funds and another on the world's largest money managers.
Other rankings from P&I included in the Databook are the largest real estate money managers and U.S. defined contribution money managers, and top consultants by worldwide institutional advisory assets.
From our money manager issue in May, you'll find a listing of the largest money managers with U.S. tax-exempt assets under management and listings of top managers ranked by investment styles.
Except for correcting obvious errors, the information on the pages that follow is identical to what we published during the year. It is not updated from the original reporting date.
We've also tapped outside sources to provide information we hope our readers will find useful and interesting. Data Editor Tim Pollard mined information from several sources to provide unique content not found in the pages of P&I. We've included the top 40 each for endowments and foundations, and the top 50 sovereign wealth funds. For real estate managers, we've added information about returns and a sector profile on farmland. The alternatives section has information on hedge funds, including returns for hedge fund strategies. For private equity and venture capital, we offer performance, and additionally aggregate fundraising figures for venture capital.