The wide-ranging ripple effects of a once-in-a-century global pandemic dominated headlines this year, but an evolving approach to ESG investing, a contentious U.S. presidential election and a flurry of regulatory activity were also among the notable themes in Pensions & Investments' top 10 stories of 2020.
The top story this year — chosen by P&I's editors — will surprise no one. The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc with the lives of nearly everyone on the planet in a seemingly infinite number of ways. For one, the editorial staff of the newspaper you're reading hasn't seen each other in person for more than nine months.
However, among all the seismic events the pandemic has elicited, it is the economic impact that has led P&I's coverage in 2020.
Other big stories of the year included the impact of COVID-19 on the retirement industry specifically after passage of the CARES Act, the impact of the pandemic and the summer racial injustice protests on ESG investing, the election of Joe Biden as U.S. president, new regulatory moves by the SEC and DOL and the surprising resignation of Yu "Ben" Meng as CalPERS' chief investment officer, whose hiring was one of P&I's top 10 stories of 2019.Here's a look back at the headlines that drove Pensions & Investments' coverage this year.