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Issue Date: Monday, January 8, 2018

News

Climate change, diversity will be on agenda for 2018

Climate change, diversity will be on agenda for 2018

Building off momentum from 2017, boardroom diversity and climate change reporting are expected to dominate conversations this proxy season.

Board elections, proxy access, pay still on list

Board elections, proxy access, pay still on list

Proxy access, director elections, gender pay equity and executive compensations are also expected to play a prominent role this proxy season.

Investing in private equity firms draws more interest

Investing in private equity firms draws more interest

Investment in funds taking stakes in alternative investment managers is growing, but how will the funds ultimately exit their investments?

California governor adds voice to benefit cases

California governor adds voice to benefit cases

California Gov. Edmund Brown is taking a stand in several closely watched court cases regarding pension benefits.

Spending battles putting national debt in jeopardy

Spending battles putting national debt in jeopardy

Investors are closely watching Congress as it races to pass spending bills to avoid a Jan. 19 shutdown.

2018 to bring changes to Congress

2018 to bring changes to Congress

2018 is shaping up to be an interesting year on Capitol Hill.

Early interest rate increase in Europe a worry for investors

Early interest rate increase in Europe a worry for investors

European institutional investors are preparing for a rate hike in the new year as the European Central Bank slows quantitative easing.

Fiscal woes greeting N.J. governor

Fiscal woes greeting N.J. governor

As the New Jersey Pension Plan's assumed rate of return goes down, the political financing battle heats up.

MSCI links ESG with stronger asset growth

MSCI links ESG with stronger asset growth

Integrating ESG factors into investment decisions might help money managers gain assets under management.

Canadian plans prepare to increase risk assets

Canadian plans prepare to increase risk assets

Funding relief in Ontario and Quebec could mean less derisking and more investment in alternatives in the new year.

NASRA says N.J. reduction has company

NASRA says N.J. reduction has company

Many public pension plans have reduced their assumed rates of return.

Revisions to sector, industry classications pose challenge to investors

Revisions to sector, industry classications pose challenge to investors

Big changes are ahead for two major systems that many index providers and asset managers use for classifying businesses.

GQG Partners marks growth spurt despite downturn in active management

GQG Partners marks growth spurt despite downturn in active management

In just 18 months, assets at GQG Partners jumped to $10 billion, from $100 million in seed money.

Special Report

Money manager M&A

Consolidation, the trend to passive, bank divestitures and a spike in appetite among Asia-based buyers drove money management M&A activity.

Features

Blackstone hires CEO to lead new insurance investment management unit

Chris Blunt was named CEO and senior managing director of Blackstone Insurance Solutions, Blackstone Group's new insurance investment management business.

Frontlines

Editorial

Renewed focus, action needed for defined contribution plan annuities

Renewed focus, action needed for defined contribution plan annuities

It is time to move forward and clear the path to providing in-plan annuities options for defined contribution plan participants.

Other Views

The $5 billion consideration for governmental and ERISA plan fiduciaries

The $5 billion consideration for governmental and ERISA plan fiduciaries

Plan executives should be hypervigilant in ensuring they are receiving best execution.

People Moves