Keith Johnson is co-chair of Reinhart Institutional Investor Services and was the chief legal officer for the State of Wisconsin Investment Board
Jaap van Dam, principal director of investment strategy at PGGM, is right: pension funds need to understand politics. We have two additions. First, the ‘outside-in’ focus – how politics affects portfolios – is a great starting point. But investors cannot stop there, they have considerable influence on politics whether for good or bad.