Ohio Police and Fire Pension Shifts to Gold Amidst Uncertainty

In wake of the stock-market drop off early this year due to COVID-19, state and local investment funds lost an estimated $1 trillion dollars in assets, even as it’s hidden from beneficiaries due to a lack of transparency in reporting earnings. As states have continued to fall behind on their pension obligations since the recessions […]

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Rhode Island Treasurer Announces Withdrawal from Purchases from Leonard Green

Rhode Island Treasurer Seth Magaziner announced that the state plans to stop buying future funds from private-equity firm Leonard Green in the face of controversy over their control of Prospect Medical, a hospital system with facilities in Rhode Island, Southern California, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Magaziner controls the $8 billion fund, and cited Prospect […]

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U.S. National Security & the I Fund

It is no secret that the U.S. and China have recently experienced diplomatic tensions, but we now see its effects bleeding into the financial sector. The Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a rule change to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) dictating that pensions should not be used to solve the […]

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Pennsylvania State Pension Fund Drops Risky Stocks in Widely Praised Move

The Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) moved to reallocate $5 billion in assets, moving $2 billion from risky investments made through Bridgewater and BlackRock to more secure stocks, bonds, commodities, and infrastructure investments. This move impacts 8% of the entire funds holdings and will take effect October 1st. Pennsylvania State Treasurer Joe Torsella […]

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New Kentucky Lawsuit Takes Aim at Risk in Public Pension Investments

The state of Kentucky revived and expanded a lawsuit that claims former officials of the state pension system and hedge fund firms violated their fiduciary duty by choosing risky investments. The state is demanding compensation from hedge funds for their excessive fees and underperformance.  Kentucky’s pension system remains one of the worst-funded in the nation, […]

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How do you define ESG investment? It depends on who you ask

The term “ESG” – Environmental, Social, and Governance-based investing – was first used in an International Finance Corporation 2005 report Who Cares Who Wins and developed a widespread use in the following years. Currently, there is over $20 trillion in ESG assets under management and is a growing sector.  One of the key issues with […]

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Statement from IPFI President Christopher Burnham on the SEC’s Proposed Rule on Proxy Advisory Firms

Washington, DC – The Securities and Exchange Commission is holding an open meeting today to finalize a rule to enhance transparency, improve disclosures, and increase confidence in the proxy advisory process. The rule under consideration could bring the proxy advisory industry in line with every other financial service by ensuring they are registered as fiduciaries – and can be […]

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Congress Eyes Additional Pension Relief

At the end of June, word was coming out of Washington that there could be a second stimulus plan coming. President Trump and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin both voiced optimism that the second round of COVID-19 relief would be imminent. Sure enough, it is reported that next week the second plan, the HEROES Act, will be […]

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