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Systemic risk: Fink calls for big thinking

Systemic risk: Fink calls for big thinking

BlackRock Inc. Chairman and CEO Laurence D. Fink believes that, when it comes to designating asset managers as systemically important financial institutions, most decision-makers and global...

June 29, 2015

New Jersey pension contribution fight key in fiscal-year countdown

Heading into the final days of its fiscal year, New Jersey is a state of disagreement about the funding of the $79.2 billion New Jersey Pension Fund, Trenton, and a state of concern for credit-rating ...

June 29, 2015 | 12:01 am
WAMCO working to regain status with institutions

WAMCO working to regain status with institutions

Western Asset Management Co. is attracting net new assets for the first time in eight years, rebounding from a combination of poor performance and net outflows that reduced the firm's assets under...

June 29, 2015
Tail-risk hedging is back Down Under

Tail-risk hedging is back Down Under

Tail-risk hedging, a hot topic in the immediate aftermath of the global financial crisis, is showing signs of coming back in fashion Down Under, industry veterans say.

June 29, 2015

Rhode Island takes transparency to new level

Rhode Island's new investment policy requiring transparency from investment managers might lead more public plans to insist on similar openness from money managers, including private equity firms.

June 29, 2015
Plan design facing demographic, investment challenges

Plan design facing demographic, investment challenges

Changes are occurring on both the defined contribution and defined benefit side globally, from new plans that have been introduced to capture non-enrolled workers, to new payout calculations that...

June 29, 2015
New definition of risk needed in challenging investment landscape

New definition of risk needed in challenging investment landscape

Investors need to be more risk aware and expand their idea of what risk is as they continue to seek returns in a challenging investment environment.

June 29, 2015

Managers add consulting to grow client relationships

Just as consultants are moving into money management to boost revenue, traditional money managers with expanding alternative investment businesses are adding the notoriously low-profit business of...

June 29, 2015
Japan's GPIF to lean on external managers in shift to riskier assets

Japan's GPIF to lean on external managers in shift to riskier assets

Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund will rely on external managers of active as well as passive investment strategies as the $1.1 trillion pension fund continues its seismic shift into higher-...

June 29, 2015
Investors climbing risk ladder again to enhance returns

Investors climbing risk ladder again to enhance returns

Institutions are again investing in the riskiest real estate as they search for returns, after having moved into more stable, cash-flowing assets following the financial crisis.

June 29, 2015

Familiar names dominate list of most-used DC managers

Pensions & Investments' examination of the 100 largest corporate defined contribution plans found no surprises among the most-used money managers.

June 29, 2015

$4B committed to clean energy

The Obama administration on June 16 announced $4 billion in commitments from the private sector, including more than $1 billion from institutional investors for clean-energy investments.

June 29, 2015
Some midsize firms would rather handle data internally

Some midsize firms would rather handle data internally

Midsize money managers are looking within for their data management, countering the broader trend of those firms outsourcing overall middle- and back-office functions.

June 29, 2015

Public fund assets up

The 100 largest U.S. public employee retirement systems had $3.398 trillion in assets as of March 31, a 1.6% increase from three months earlier, said the U.S. Census Bureau's latest quarterly survey...

June 29, 2015
States taking lead in creating plans for private sector

States taking lead in creating plans for private sector

More states aren't waiting for federal policymakers to act and instead are developing their own solutions for private-sector workers whose employers don't offer retirement plans, state and industry...

June 29, 2015