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CALPERS To…

The public fund giant weighs into a competitive California market with a new program supported by State Street Bank.
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TIFF Makes It’s Pick

The poooled fund sponsor for foundations picks AMT as it prepares to launch its first family of funds.
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Reading the Game

Pension asset consulting is a business in transition. As plan sponsors' needs change, the generalist consultants that serve them are refocusing to meet the challenge.
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Benefits Consultants Move In

Consultants from the liability side of pension practice are arguing for, and getting, a bigger role in the asset allocation process.
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Selling The Orient

US plan sponsors are being steered, cajoled, and exhorted to invest in Asia's emerging economies. The enticements are clear, the risks less so.
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The Weight Falls

The SEC is cracking down on public companies that do not comply with FAS 87. For some, the change can mean the difference between overfunding and underfunding.
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Your Own Backyard

Local investments used to be an invitation for trouble to most pension sponsors. But now that political and other pressures favor them, some plans are taking a second...
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GM’s Latest Model

GM is testing ERISA restrictions with a plan to reduce its underfunded pension liability through infusion of E shares. But do not expect the idea to fly with...
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Back On The Buyout Trail

A slew of new LBO funds are attracting pension money. But the new buyout market is very different today from its high-flying 1980s predecessor.
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Sale-Leasebacks Come of Age

A modest form of real estate-linked investment is coming into its own as an asset class.
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Big Blue’s Pension Blues

IBM's decision to slash in-house pension management highlights the movement to reassess costs outside the core business.
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Picking Up The Pieces

Pension schemes of the late Robert Maxwell's companies are living hand-to-mouth. Can a UK government bailout be far off?
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“Prudent Person” Comes to Canada

Some $41 billion of federally regulated pensions have broader investment parameters since Canada adopted the "prudent person" principle last summer
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Redesigning For Success

How a Texas engineering firm redesigned its 401(k), adding new and customized fund options, and persuaded participants to go beyond GICs.
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Waiting On The Dollar

Tennessee's retirement system runs its currency overlay program in-house. The results have been mostly a wash, but the program's manager expects that to change.
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Prognosis Uncertain

Two court decisions send mixed signals as to whether ERISA preempts states from slapping hospital rate-setting schemes on self-insured benefits plans.
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Still Squeezed After All These Years

Treasury auction reforms have created a more efficient, automated market. But most pension investors still find the environment less than friendly.
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A New Deal From Custodians

Treasury auction reforms have created a more efficient, automated market. But most pension investors still find the environment less than friendly.
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Schwan’s Way

Public fund boards are tightening oversight of executive directors and their staffs. Washington's decision not to automatically renew Basil Schwan's contract is the latest example.