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State, local races could affect pension funds, managers, retirees

State, local races could affect pension funds, managers, retirees

A number of state and local pension plans around the country could see changes in the near future, depending on who is elected in a number of races on Nov. 6.

October 29, 2012
Amendments targeting public pension funds won't reduce liabilities

Amendments targeting public pension funds won't reduce liabilities

A handful of constitutional amendments on the Nov. 6 ballots across the U.S. would affect public pension plans in a variety of states, but none goes very far toward reducing existing unfunded pension ...

October 29, 2012
Goldman Sachs: Equities indifferent to winning party in recent past

Goldman Sachs: Equities indifferent to winning party in recent past

Goldman Sachs put out a research note on Oct. 26 highlighting median S&P 500 index returns in the months following presidential elections going back to 1976. Since that time, the S&P 500 has returned ...

October 29, 2012 | 03:20 pm
Not just sitting ducks

Not just sitting ducks

In election season, politicians ask: Are you better off than you were four years ago? But pension funds should ask: Are they better prepared to deal with the risk and return challenges that lie ahead ...

October 29, 2012
Financial industry dollars flow to Republicans in about-face

Financial industry dollars flow to Republicans in about-face

Money managers and others in financial services have shifted their support in the presidential election to Mitt Romney, after backing Barack Obama four years ago.

October 15, 2012
Rescue is no way out pension plan underfunding

Rescue is no way out pension plan underfunding

Pension fund executives were among leaders in the effort to reform the financial system and end the doctrine of too big to fail. Yet, some pension funds themselves have come to be seen by some as too ...

October 15, 2012
Stock market does affect election — but not in the way you might think

Stock market does affect election — but not in the way you might think

That's a question Barry C. Knapp, U.S. equity portfolio strategist, Barclays Capital Inc., New York, addresses in a recent research report “U.S. Portfolio Strategy: Election 2012: "It's the...

October 01, 2012
Democrats hear hedge fund exec Steyer discuss clean energy

Democrats hear hedge fund exec Steyer discuss clean energy

Farallon Capital co-managing partner Thomas F. Steyer addressed the Democratic National Convention, discussing the importance of clean energy as a differentiating factor in the upcoming presidential...

September 07, 2012 | 02:24 pm
DNC platform short on details for private-sector retirement plans

DNC platform short on details for private-sector retirement plans

Private-sector retirement plans got a passing mention Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention, where the party platform focused on Social Security.

September 04, 2012 | 04:17 pm
Political platforms raise pension issues

Political platforms raise pension issues

Pension funds and retirement security are featured topics in both Democratic and Republican platforms, but the focuses are different.

September 03, 2012
PBGC scrutiny, Fed transparency part of GOP platform

PBGC scrutiny, Fed transparency part of GOP platform

Republicans in their 2012 platform are calling for a presidential panel to look at corporate defined benefit pension plans backed by the PBGC to see whether a taxpayer bailout is in the cards.

August 29, 2012 | 04:11 pm

2012 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE EMPLOYEE BENEFIT QUESTIONNAIRE

Both parties have been talking about tax reform to broaden the revenue base and lower tax rates. Both parties are also under pressure to deal with the federal budget. In the quest to find revenue and ...

August 20, 2012 | 12:01 am
Federal workers worry about pensions under Ryan

Federal workers worry about pensions under Ryan

Rep. Paul Ryan's selection as Mitt Romney's vice presidential candidate has federal worker groups braced for cuts in their retirement benefits.

August 14, 2012 | 05:23 pm
Top presidential contributors

Top presidential contributors

Reuters reported Thursday that Mitt Romney and Republican groups raised $76.8 million in May vs. $60 million for President Obama and Democrats. A look at top contributors in the 2012 election cycle...

June 07, 2012 | 01:41 pm

BlackRock CEO backs Obama’s re-election

Laurence D. Fink, BlackRock CEO, said he supports the re-election of Barack Obama because the president needs more than four years to help the country recover from the global financial crisis.

May 14, 2012 | 12:10 pm
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