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Phantom Workforce

Employers who use part-time and other contingency workers can realize huge pension and benefits savings. But the legal requirements are complex, and government increasingly frowns on the practice.
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1994 Honor Roll of Pension Plan Sponsors

Plan Sponsor's first survey of corporate pension sponsors reveals that corporate performance and pension plan performance need not be closely related
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The Project Pension Courtship

Pension sponsors are being courted hard by governments and other infrastructure project backers. But it may take much more to pry their dollars loose.
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LACERA Gets Aggressive

Los Angeles County employees hope that a pension obligation bond, plus a more aggressive asset allocation strategy, will bring financial health to their plan.
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Clearing the Air on ETIs

After releasing a new interpretive bulletin on ETIs, Labor Department officials hope they have laid pension sponsors' fears to rest about how these investments affect their fiduciary duties
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Homes Away from Home

Cautiously, US pension funds are beginning to invest in overseas real estate. Most favor commingled funds, and the UK is the most popular market thus far.
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The End of the Line

CALPERS is looking at slimming down its weighty RFP questionnaires and relaxing aspects of its screening process.
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Going to the Voters

Public pension issues will be debated in several key state races this fall.
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Daily Valuation Dilemma

Daily valuation is now wildly popular. Some some worry that it raises costs, adds new recordkeeping stresses, and, possibly, harms investment performance.
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Hunting for Returns

The Illinois Teachers fund juggles three distinct overlay strategies to control its currency exposure and minimize downside on its stocks and bonds.
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A Wider Gateway

New IRS regulations are intended to make it easier for employers to provide different benefits packages for separate lines of business. Yet significant problems still exist, critics say.
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Taming OTC Derivatives

Washington is abuzz with talk of how to prevent more OTC derivatives disasters. But for pension sponsors, the key may be to get a better understanding of this...
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Plan Sponsor 1994 Global Custody Survey

State Street and Chase take the top spots in the 1994 survey of global custody services. Meanwhile, a select group of European providers appear to be catching up...