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Maryland’s record year prompts actuarial rate reduction

Maryland State Retirement  and Pension System is the latest fund to record an historical performance for the 2021 financial year, returning a best ever 26.7 per cent. Again public and private equities were the star performers with an exceptional 51.85 per cent return in private equity and 44.54 per cent in public equities  But in recognition there might be a bill to pay for those higher returns in the future the fund has lowered its actuarial rate of return.

Firearms Principles provide a target

A coalition of 13 institutional investors, led by the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, has crafted principles for engaging with entities that manufacture, sell or regulate guns in a way that fosters a responsible civilian gun industry and reduces risk. The guidelines are intentionally flexible so each organisation can apply them in accordance with its own models for engagement.

US public pensions take to social media

US public pension funds, under fire for the sustainability of their defined-benefit plans, are increasingly opening a new social-media front line in the battle to influence public opinion. The Maryland State Retirement and Pension System is the latest to step up its social media presence, posting its first You Tube video, which outlines the positive […]
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Maryland boldly seeks return to full funding

Tackling the 65-per-cent-funded status of the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System has resulted in the bold political move to boost employee contributions while a long-term plan to increase allocations to private markets is part of a push to hit the system’s 7.75-per-cent-return target. The system is more than 10 per cent below the average […]

Climate-change cloud has silver lining: Mercer

Climate change could slash as much as 10 per cent off portfolios in the next 20 years, according to Mercer’s much-anticipated climate change report, the result of an 18-month collaboration with 14 institutional investors from around the globe. climate change report, MercerAsset Owner:ABP / APG Asset ManagementCalifornia Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS)PGGMCalifornia State Teachers Retirement […]

Maryland applauds departing CIO

The US$587 million Maryland State Retirement and Pension System (Maryland SRPS) has confirmed the departure of its chief investment officer, Mansco Perry III (pictured), to the position of CIO of the endowment fund of Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Macalester College in Saint Paul, Mansco Perry III, Maryland SRPS, Maryland State Retirement and Pension […]