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U.S. State Pensions Need a Miracle?

Leo Kolivakis is a blogger, trader and independent senior pension and investment analyst. This post was originally published at Pension Pulse. Frank McGuire of Newsmax Finance reports, Former Fed Adviser: ‘Some Miracle’ Needed to Defuse $1.3 Trillion Pensions Time Bomb: America will need “some miracle” to survive the looming economic ...

For Corporate Pensions, November Best Month of 2016 As Funding Status Jumps

The aggregate funding ratio of the country’s largest corporate pension plans climbed significantly in November, jumping 3 percentage points from 77.2 percent to 80.3 percent. Funding-wise, it was easily the best month of 2016 for corporate pensions. More from Milliman: In November, the funded status for these pension plans experienced its ...

Does Size Matter For PE Fund Performance?

Leo Kolivakis is a blogger, trader and independent senior pension and investment analyst. This post was originally published at Pension Pulse. Dylan Cox of Pitchbook reports, Size doesn’t matter in PE fund performance over the long term: Despite the dueling claims that smaller PE fund managers lack sophistication or sufficient scale, or that ...

Brazil’s Pension Overhaul Aims to Save $200 Billion By 2027, Mostly By Cutting Benefits

Brazilian President Michel Temer details of his controversial pension overhaul plan earlier this week, and now further details are coming out about the expected savings the proposal would bring. The overhaul would raise retirement ages and increase contribution required from workers — in effect, a significant cut in benefits for the country’s ...

California Supreme Court Agrees to Rule On Its Own Pensions

Reporter Ed Mendel covered the California Capitol in Sacramento for nearly three decades, most recently for the San Diego Union-Tribune. More stories are at Calpensions.com. The California Supreme Court last week agreed to hear an appeal of a groundbreaking ruling that allows cuts in the pensions earned by current state and local government workers, ...

401k Plans “Very Concerned” About Being Sued: Report

A majority of 401k sponsors, big and small, are concerned about being sued, according to new research from Cerulli Associates. Most of the lawsuits have so far targeted massive plans, but even small plans are feeling the heat. And it’s having an effect on investment strategy, as many plans consider a more passive approach amid scrutiny of fees. From ...

CalPERS Gets Real on Future Returns?

Leo Kolivakis is a blogger, trader and independent senior pension and investment analyst. This post was originally published at Pension Pulse. Randy Diamond of Pensions & Investments reports, CalPERS balancing risks in review of lower return target: The stakes are high as the CalPERS board debates whether to significantly decrease the nation’s ...

Brazil Reveals Plan For Austere Pension Overhaul

Brazilian President Michel Temer on Monday will reveal details of his plan to overhaul the country’s retirement benefits system, according to Reuters. The plan, which is likely to be controversial among citizens and lawmakers, calls for raising the retirement age, higher contributions from workers, and lower benefits. From Reuters: The pension ...

Institutions Piling Into Illiquid Alternatives?

Leo Kolivakis is a blogger, trader and independent senior pension and investment analyst. This post was originally published at Pension Pulse. BusinessWire reports, World’s Largest Institutional Investors Expecting More Asset Allocation Changes over Next Two Years Than in the Past: Institutional investors worldwide are expecting to make more asset ...

IL Gov. Bruce Rauner Vetoes Chicago School Pension Funding Bill

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday vetoed a bill that would have provided a funding package of $215 million to the pension system of Chicago Public Schools [CPS]. The Senate promptly overrode the veto; however, the overriding process will likely stall in the House. Rauner said he vetoed the bill because Democrats didn’t hold up their end of ...
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