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America’s Growing Retirement Angst?

Leo Kolivakis is a blogger, trader and independent senior pension and investment analyst. This post was originally published at Pension Pulse. Last week, John Mauldin published an important comment, Angst in America, Part 3: Retiring Broke: Today we continue looking at angst in America, the financial worries that so afflict us here in the world’s ...

Corporate Pensions Close In on Bond Buying Spree

Corporate DB plans could soon be going on a bond buying spree, according to a report released on Friday by Morgan Stanley. Years of steady stock gains have pushed many corporate DB plans close to 80 percent funding; when plans get to that funding level, it’s typical to ramp up bond holdings, according to the report. High-grade, long-term corporate ...

Big Departures From Pension Land?

Leo Kolivakis is a blogger, trader and independent senior pension and investment analyst. This post was originally published at Pension Pulse. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) put out a press release yesterday, Réal Desrochers Leaving Private Equity Program: The California Public Employees’ Retirement System ...
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How a Former NY Pension Director Hid His Pay-to-Play Scheme

Back in December, an investment director at the New York State Common Retirement Fund was indicted on charges of steering pension money towards certain brokers in exchange for monetary bribes and drugs, among other things. But how did Navnoor Kang, 37, hide his funneling of millions of dollars in business to two brokers? A report, released Wednesday ...

OMERS Bets on Data Analytics and Water?

Leo Kolivakis is a blogger, trader and independent senior pension and investment analyst. This post was originally published at Pension Pulse. On Tuesday, OMERS Private Equity announced it acquired Inmar: OMERS Private Equity (“OPE”), the private equity arm of OMERS, the pension plan for municipal employees in Ontario, together with management, ...

Bigger CPP, Bigger Risks?

Leo Kolivakis is a blogger, trader and independent senior pension and investment analyst. This post was originally published at Pension Pulse. Gary Marr of the National Post reports, New report suggests a ‘fully-funded’ expanded Canada Pension Plan might not be such a sure thing: A new report that looks at the federal government’s blueprint ...

Dallas Mayor Rejects Pension Bill; Back to Drawing Board?

Texas officials, both in the statehouse and in Dallas’ mayoral office, are weighing how to address the severe underfunding of the city’s public safety pension system. So far, it seems the only thing they can agree on is that the latest proposed bill – one that suggests increasing city contributions and giving more board positions to ...

CPPIB Sounds The Alarm?

Leo Kolivakis is a blogger, trader and independent senior pension and investment analyst. This post was originally published at Pension Pulse. Matt Scuffham of Reuters reports, Canada’s CPPIB pension fund concerned over rising protectionism: The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, one of the world’s biggest investors, is concerned about ...

Caisse Bets Big on Insurance and Water?

Leo Kolivakis is a blogger, trader and independent senior pension and investment analyst. This post was originally published at Pension Pulse. I wasn’t going to blog today but I realize that I’ve been slacking on my coverage of the Caisse. Two weeks ago, Devin Banerjee, Scott Deveau, and Frederic Tomesco of Bloomberg reported, Caisse Joins ...

CalSTRS to Tap State as Funding Shortfall Grows

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. Using new power for the first time, the CalSTRS board is expected to increase the state contribution to the teacher pension fund this week, a response to new forecasts of lower ...
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