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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Alternative Investments: An Overview

In 2006, alternative assets made up just 11% of state pension investments. By 2016, that number had shot up to 26% of pension fund allocations. These investments almost entirely came out of what had previously been allocated to traditional equity investments, with fixed income sources’ share of pension fund investments remaining largely unaltered. But what […]

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Robo-Voting: An Overview

Robo-voting: An Overview With the focus of government, business, and the media all centered on the singular issue of coronavirus, attention toward the upcoming proxy shareholder voting season has been moved to the back burner. Over the next few months, shareholders of publicly traded companies will be voting on various resolutions, including who sits on […]

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The Misguided Movement to Divest

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Greta Thunberg demanded an end to all investments in fossil fuels. While Ms. Thunberg may have good intentions, her demands are indicative of the economic ignorance found in today’s activists. Unfortunately, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink has fallen victim to the same flawed reasoning. Just ahead of the […]

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Case for Proxy Reform Glaringly Evident After Latest Debate

On January 27, the Bipartisan Policy Center hosted a discussion on the SEC’s proposed reforms to the proxy voting process. Tom Quaadman, Executive Vice President of the U.S. Chamber Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness and Pat McGurn, Special Counsel and Head of Strategic Research and Analysis at Institutional Shareholder Services examined the key elements of […]

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LACERS Must Stand Up Against Divestment Pressure

As the new year begins, fiduciaries must remain vigilant against misguided abuse of our nation’s pensions. Those in charge of California’s retirees have a duty to manage the Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System (LACERS) with the sole objective of increasing returns. Forced divestment and politically-motivated financial decisions have been shown to compromise that outcome. […]

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

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

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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