Joshua Gotbaum's resignation as director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. is expected to create a leadership vacuum at a critical time for an agency dealing with struggling multiemployer pension plans and corporate defined benefit sponsors stressed about premium increases.
A growing number of business founders in Asia who traditionally restricted private equity firms to minority partner status have begun, selectively, to let them take controlling stakes in their companies.
Hong Kong's Mandatory Provident Fund Scheme Authority is looking to push the envelope — gently — in devising the HK$519 billion (US$67 billion) defined contribution system's first standardized default investment option.
State pension funds in California and Illinois are among the recipients of Citigroup Inc.'s $7 billion in fines and consumer relief to resolve government claims that it misled investors about the quality of mortgage-backed bonds sold before the financial crisis.
Japan's ¥126.6 trillion ($1.25 trillion) Government Pension Investment Fund, Tokyo, in an annual report released July 4, provided a snapshot of leading asset gatherers in a year of extensive changes to the pension giant's external manager lineup.
Not long after Leighton Shantz joined the $26 billion Employees Retirement System of Texas, Austin, as director of fixed income in April 2012, his review of the nearly $6 billion bond portfolio called for a shift in strategy. Moving to a bifurcated mandate of “rates” and “credit,” however, would take some massaging of the existing core-plus fixed-income portfolio.
Institutional asset owners must make more of an effort to peel back the layers of complexity to deal with the fiduciary issues surrounding non-traded investments, including private equity and real estate.