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Cal pension reforms set to pass

Governor of California, Edmund G Brown Jr, has announced proposed legislation that outlines sweeping reforms to the state’s pension system, but appears to have stepped back from a proposal to create a hybrid pension plan. The hybrid defined-contribution/defined-benefit plan was proposed last year when Brown launched a 12-point reform package. It was widely opposed by […]
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CalPERS gets dynamic in strategic plan

CalPERS aims to increase its total-portfolio risk oversight, as well as move towards more dynamic asset allocation as the fund attempts to overhaul its investment decision-making processes. This week the fund released a two-year business plan that aims to implement a risk-based dynamic asset-allocation approach by June 2014. It is the first time the $238.2-billion […]
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Pension reform divides state of New York

Pension reform in the state of New York is politically embroiled with the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and fellow democrat New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli at opposite ends of the defined benefit/defined contribution debate. DiNapoli is the sole trustee of the state’s $149.9 billion public fund and a strong proponent of its defined […]
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AP3 drives further portfolio diversification

Investment staff at Sweden’s Third National Pension Fund, AP3, have discretion to make tactical decisions as part of a dynamic asset allocation strategy that along with a drive to diversify investments aims to achieve an ambitious 4 per cent real return target.
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UK pension battle heats up

On Wednesday last week (November 2) the UK Government set out an offer – widely regarded as generous – to workers on public service pensions. However, unions still plan to go ahead with a “day of action” on November 30 – considered to be the widest industrial action in the country since the 1920s.
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California governor plans pension reform

Two of America’s largest pension funds, CalSTRS and CalPERS have warily offered support to the interjection of California Governor Edmund G Brown Jr into the debate on how to finance the state’s ballooning pension liabilities.