Table of Contents

Issue Date: Monday, January 8, 2018

News

Climate change, diversity will be on agenda for 2018

GOVERNANCE

GOVERNANCE

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

GOVERNANCE

GOVERNANCE

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

Private Equity

Private Equity

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

COURTS

COURTS

California Gov. Edmund Brown is taking a stand in several closely watched court cases regarding pension benefits.
Spending battles putting national debt in jeopardy

WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON

Investors are closely watching Congress as it races to pass spending bills to avoid a Jan. 19 shutdown.
2018 to bring changes to Congress

Washington

Washington

2018 is shaping up to be an interesting year on Capitol Hill.
Early interest rate increase in Europe a worry for investors

INVESTING/PORTFOLIO STRATEGIES

INVESTING/PORTFOLIO STRATEGIES

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

Pension Funds

Pension Funds

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

MONEY MANAGEMENT

MONEY MANAGEMENT

Integrating ESG factors into investment decisions might help money managers gain assets under management.
Canadian plans prepare to increase risk assets

PENSION FUNDS

PENSION FUNDS

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

Pension Funds

Pension Funds

Many public pension plans have reduced their assumed rates of return.
Revisions to sector, industry classications pose challenge to investors

ETFs

ETFs

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

Special Report

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

Features

Alternatives

Alternatives

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

OPINION

OPINION

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