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Public Pension Performance: Comparing Pension Investments to Passive Index Portfolios

With many states facing tough budgetary decisions, in part because pensions are requiring greater contributions, the Institute for Pension Fund Integrity decided to compare pensions through another metric besides the funding ratio. How well a pension is funded is important for determining the overall health of the system, but if the investments are not performing […]

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Pension Gap Calculator

Select your state of locality below and adjust the assumed rate of return and predicted mortality rate to see the effect of these changes upon their pension gap. Read about the Pension Gap Calculator Tool here.

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CalSTRS Need to Focus More on Investment Performance, Less on Proxy Advisory Firms

November 15, 2019 | IPFI USA

The issue of proxy advisory reform is at the center of debate now with the SEC entering into a formal rulemaking process to roll back some of these firm’s unchecked powers. These firms have been known to make recommendations misconstruing or misinterpreting data, they have been allowed to operate and make recommendations with clear conflicts […]

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PRESS RELEASE: IPFI Applauds SEC’s Actions Fixing the Proxy Advisory Process

November 14, 2019 | IPFI USA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 14, 2019 IPFI Applauds SEC’s Actions Fixing the Proxy Advisory Process The Institute for Pension Fund Integrity welcomes the SEC’s latest proposed rules, which seek to restore trust and accountability to the shareholder voting process by addressing a range of negative practices rampant in proxy advisory services. Arlington, VA – Last […]

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PRESS RELEASE: California Treasurer Inserts Politics Into the Management of Teacher Retirement Fund

September 12, 2019 | IPFI USA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2019 California Treasurer Inserts Politics Into the Management of Teacher Retirement Fund  The Institute for Pension Fund Integrity urges California Treasurer Fiona Ma to prioritize her fiduciary duty instead of politics to optimize state investments.   Arlington, VA – Yesterday, California Treasurer Fiona Ma, CPA, decided that supporting a political stunt […]

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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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