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Benchmark ranks pension funds on disclosure transparency

The Global Pension Transparency Benchmark, a collaboration between www.top1000funds.com and Toronto-based CEM Benchmarking, has revealed the need for serious improvement in pension transparency across the globe. Check out how funds ranked across 15 different countries on transparency of governance, performance, cost and responsible investing.
Organisational Design

CalPERS CIO comp under review

The CalPERS board will make a decision next week on whether to include a long-term incentive compensation element as part of an incoming CIO’s remuneration package, something that the fund's chief executive, Marcie Frost, said is a contributing factor to the fund putting its search for a new investment head on hold.
Investor Profile

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.
Private Equity

A more thoughtful private equity model

Responsible investors need to take into account how fund management and investment structures may be exacerbating wealth and income disparities, as well as systemic market risk. Raphaele Chappe and Delilah Rothenberg from the Predistribution Initiative have some suggestions for how PE could be adjusted in this regard and how building back better post-COVID-19 requires a more thoughtful model.
COVID-19

Crisis highlights agency issues in Oz

The current coronavirus crisis has created investment governance challenges for Australia’s superannuation funds – with regard to liquidity requirements – that are relevant to any DC scheme which invests in illiquid assets. It highlights the potential impact of agency issues on decision-making during a crisis environment.
Governance

Rising to the challenge

Boards and investment committees must rise to the current challenge, with governance models needing a pivot to respond to the new social distancing norm. Roger Urwin outlines a virtual investment committee model.
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