CalSTRS To Divest From Firms Operating Private Prisons

CalSTRS took its time deciding but in the end the pension fund chose to follow the steps taken by other state pension funds to pull their investment out of companies that operate private prisons. Mary Childs filed this report in Barrons: New York state’s pension plan became the first to withdraw fully from the industry when Comptroller Tom DiNapoli ...

Pew: Investment Performance Falls As Alternative Allocations Rise

Seeking to boost returns on their investments, many state pension funds turned to hedge and private equity funds for help. Alternative investments grew from 11% to over 26% of the average public pension plan. A Pew study reports that as of fiscal year 2016 (latest available data), state pension funds now have a combined $1.4 trillion deficit, up $295 ...

CalPERS “Direct” Isn’t So Direct

The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) is considering launching two new investment partnerships that would manage more than $20 billion over the next ten years. But that plan has encountered fierce opposition from inside CalPERS. The opposition to the plan has centered over the lack of control CalPERS will have over the investments ...

Risk-Taking Behavior Of Public Pension Plans Before And After The Financial Crisis Of 2008

ABSTRACT: This paper investigates whether public pension plans’ risk-taking behavior has changed after the recent financial crisis of 2008 by testing two contrasting hypotheses on pension funding: risk transfer and risk management hypotheses.
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