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IPFI Issue Brief: Behind BlackRock’s ESG Shift

BlackRock, the world’s largest private asset manager, has over the past two years begun to shift its investment strategy, placing a much greater emphasis on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors and boosting the presence of ESG funds in its portfolios. In a newly released issue brief, the Institute for Pension Fund Integrity delves into […]

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CalPERS rethinks investment strategy in the wake of the economic downturn

June 29, 2020

The Chief Investment Officer of the California Public Employee’s Retirement System, Ben Meng, is repositioning the fund’s investments in the wake of recent underperformance caused by COVID-19. To meet its future obligations, Calpers must generate a 7% annual return. Yet an in-house study in 2019 found that its chances of meeting that target over 10 […]

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California Supreme Court Examines Pension Spiking

June 19, 2020

In May, the California Supreme Court heard a case with the potential to set a new precedent for pension reform across the country. The court’s decision will impact the pensions of over one million public employees and will either confirm or limit the government’s ability to adjust pension benefits after they are promised to public […]

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Supreme Court weighs in on fiduciary duty in pension fund management

June 18, 2020

On June 1st, the Supreme Court Ruled in the case Thole vs US Bank N.A., with important implications for pensions that could help shape future retirement investment. The plaintiffs were James Thole and Sherry Smith, both retirees that were invested in US Banks’ defined benefit retirement plan. They alleged that US Bank violated the Employee […]

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Core Principles

Adherence to Fiduciary Responsibility

The Institute believes that officials residing over pension funds should be held to a high degree of fiduciary responsibility, consistently making decisions on investment that will benefit the long-term growth and security of the fund. Consistent dividend yield, resistance to market flux and strong corporate credit ratings are just a few variables that must be taken into account by these individuals. Often times outside interests have pressured pension funds and other entities to divest from certain investments under political pressures, which would subject pension funds to lower financial returns. This divestment would violate a pension fund’s fiduciary responsibility.

Balanced Economic, Social, and Governance (ESG) Factor Investment

Accounting for ESG factors in investments can prove to be advantageous with greater transparency and consistently high returns. With more than 80% of all corporations releasing ESG factor reports, options are plentiful for the investment of pension funds into holdings with positive ESG outlook. ESG factors should not dictate a political agenda for guiding public investment decisions.

Long term Pension-Fund Return

When investing with pension funds and other long-term payout entities it is imperative that long-term stock stability be sought after in the investment process. Part of the responsibility of the managers of pension funds is to identify long-term, low market volatility investments that will allow for prolonged growth and a sustaining of pension budget health for years on end.

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