July 1, 2019 | IPFI USA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 1, 2019 IPFI Urges Pittsburgh Pension Board to Stay Strong Against Politicization of Fund As the Pittsburgh Comprehensive Municipal Pension Trust Fund faces calls to divest from gun manufacturers and other companies, board members should continue prioritizing the secure retirement of its retirees. Arlington, VA – On the heels of […]
May 8, 2019 | IPFI USA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 8, 2019 Pension Funds Should Not be Used as Leverage for Social Movements The Institute for Pension Fund Integrity hosted a morning breakfast discussion on public pensions, proxy advisory firms, and the ESG investing with all participants ultimately agreeing that “pension funds should not be used as leverage for […]
May 1, 2019 | IPFI USA
You’re invited! Join IPFI for a breakfast discussion on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 8:15 am. RSVP Required. America’s public pensions are faced with increasing pressure from outside stakeholders to influence their investment strategies. This pressure includes everything from urging pensions to divest from various holdings, to the outsized influence that proxy advisory firms leverage […]
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.