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Simplicity rules in South Carolina AA

Executives at the South Carolina Retirement System pulled off a previously unimaginable task in 2020, conducting a complete review of the fund’s asset allocation, simplifying its portfolio, negotiating with suppliers, and gaining approval from the commission, all while working entirely remotely. Amanda White speaks to executive director Michael Hitchcock about the new portfolio and the process of getting there.
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NBIM prepares to up voting transparency

The world’s largest sovereign wealth fund says that voting is one of the most important tools to safeguard the fund's assets. Ahead of the AGM season getting underway, NBIM - which is the largest single owner of global stock markets - plans to publish its voting decisions five days ahead of corporate meetings in a bid to increase transparency.
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CalSTRS takes on ExxonMobil

The $255 billion Californian pension fund, CalSTRS, has embarked on a new era of “activist stewardship” which will see it take on large companies such as Exxon Mobil which have not responded to shareholder engagement.
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Behind OTPP’s net zero 2050 plan

Ontario Teachers' has launched its plan to reach net-zero portfolio emissions by 2050, the culmination of a decade of work by the fund in addressing climate change. Amanda White looks at the fund’s climate journey, which has significant lessons for other funds looking to move to net zero.
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CalPERS: Lessons from CIO departure

The CalPERS board is considering whether to require a new CIO to transfer all of their personal stock holdings into a blind trust while they are a CalPERS' employee. The move follows the resignation of Ben Meng as CIO last year after an ethics investigation related to some of his personal investments.
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