March 19, 2019 | IPFI USA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 19, 2019 CalPERS Chooses Prudent Management Over Politics Earning Praise From Pension Warriors During the monthly CalPERS Investment Committee meeting, the board members voted to support the staff recommendation to oppose AB 33, which would require the divestment of funds from private prisons. WASHINGTON, D.C. – In part driven by […]
March 14, 2019 | IPFI USA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March, 14, 2019 IPFI Applauds CalPERS for Choosing Fiduciary Responsibility Over Political Pressure Instead of caving to fringe political movements, IPFI commends CalPERS for prioritizing its members and opposing legislation forcing it to divest from private prison companies. WASHINGTON, D.C. – As California faces the possibility of another forced divestment, the Institute […]
February 21, 2019 | IPFI USA
IPFI Board Members Brower and O’Connor Submit Commentary to the SEC The recent op-ed in Investors Business Daily by IPFI Board Members Richard Brower and Kevin O’Connor was submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as formal commentary regarding the proxy process. Re: [File No. 4-725] Dear Mr. Fields, As retired firefighters, we know as well as […]
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.