Editorial
Boiling Point

The corporate governance wars are heating up, and on
more than one front. Last month, responses were still pouring
into the Securities and Exchange Commission over its proposed
new rules for how shareholder proposals are
submitted.

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Sundeep Anand, Treasurer, the Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution's none-too-modest mandate is to stimulate "the increase and diffusion of knowledge." This was the mission set forth in 1826 by founder and benefactor James Smithson,...
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Big Blue’s Pension Makeover

IBM's pension team has restructured $79 billion in global assets to cut costs, improve returns, and make IBM pension plans in 45 countries work more closely together. Here's...
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“Rationalizing” the Plan Participant

Understanding behavioral concepts can help plan sponsors improve the design of their defined contribution plans and participants' ability to make the best use of them, experts say.
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Combat Zone

One of these days, Vietnam could still be an Asian investment star. But a closer look at this evolving economy points up the pitfalls of emerging markets for...
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“Equitization” and Its Agonies

Stock ownership in Vietnam is not easy. Buying shares in so-called "equitized" companies is next to impossible, joint ventures are wobbling, and local entrenreneurs are hard to find
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Hot Hand, Cool Reception

Direct IPO investing is producing heady returns for some plans. Will more jump in?
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New Investment Opportunities in Real Estate

The real estate market has undoubtedly entered a flush period. Private investors, real estate investment trusts, and limited partnerships are all scanning the landscape in search of buying...
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Pay-to-Play

Scrutiny of unethical practices at public funds is intensifying. But will self-policing efforts succeed?
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The SEC’s Proxy Fight

Suggestions for streamlining the shareholder proposal process ignite fury from activists
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Downsizing’s Aftershock

How Ceridian lost a court battle over the size of lump-sum early retirement benefits
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Multiemployer Pension Plans

Why preserve multiemployer plans? Workers get pensions organized for today's and tomorrow's needs