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2 12, 2020

Taking Stock: Will The New DOL Rule Curb ESG Momentum?

2020-12-02T11:28:09-08:00December 2nd, 2020|Categories: ESG|Tags: , |

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) softened its stance from an earlier proposal on ERISA plans incorporating investments using environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. In a final ruling published days before the U.S. presidential election, the DOL emphasized the importance of using only pecuniary factors—financial considerations that have a material effect on risk and/or return—in analyzing investments, but the final ruling fell short of singling out ESG investments. In fact, the term “ESG” is noticeably absent from the [...]

2 12, 2020

New Jersey Police and Fire nabs its first CIO

2020-12-02T11:25:20-08:00December 2nd, 2020|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|

Russell Niemie was named chief investment officer of the Police and Firemen's Retirement System of New Jersey, confirmed Dan Bank, a spokesman for the Trenton-based plan. The position is new at the $27.4 billion pension plan. "Russ brings more than two decades of experience to the Police and Firemen's Retirement System, and we are extremely fortunate to be able to draw from his expertise and leadership," said Gregory Petzold, executive director of the retirement system, in a statement. Mr. [...]

16 11, 2020

As public pension costs soar, some Southern California agencies turn to controversial borrowing to fill deep holes

2020-11-16T09:55:34-08:00November 16th, 2020|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: , , , |

The little agency responsible for killing mosquitoes and rats in the Coachella Valley will see its bill for worker pensions nearly triple over just four years. Payments will also nearly triple for Cal-OPTIMA, Orange County’s health care system for low-income people, seniors and those with disabilities, as well as for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, the folks who bring events to the historic stadium in Exposition Park. They’ll more than double for the Orange County Transportation Authority, which [...]

6 11, 2020

51% likely to review or reduce pension contributions due to Covid-19 pandemic

2020-11-06T11:39:36-08:00November 6th, 2020|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: , |

Approximately half (51%) of UK savers are likely to review or reduce pension contributions in favour of short-term saving or debt reduction or elimination as a result of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, according to research by BlackRock. Its Defined contribution (DC) pulse survey, which surveyed 1,000 UK savers, also found that 76% agree that they need to be more careful about their financial future, although a further 44% see retirement saving as important. However, more than half (51%) said [...]

6 11, 2020

Canadian DB pensions return 3.13% as markets rebound

2020-11-06T11:32:11-08:00November 6th, 2020|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: , |

Canadian defined benefit pension plans posted a median 3.13 per cent return for the third quarter of 2020, following a strong market rebound, according to a new report by BNY Mellon Asset Management Canada Ltd. The organization’s master trust universe, which is comprised of 86 Canadian corporate, public and university pension plans, found U.S. equities was the highest-performing asset class with a median return of 6.46 per cent, trailing the S&P 500 index’s 6.83 per cent. And Canadian equities posted a [...]

6 11, 2020

10 Ways to Close Public Pension Funding Gaps

2020-11-06T11:25:39-08:00November 6th, 2020|Categories: Pension Funding|Tags: |

The best way to close public pension funding gaps, according to the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS), is to reform state and local revenue systems and close tax loopholes. “But that is a long road, and it is beyond the scope of responsibilities of pension trustees and administrators,” NCPERS said in a recent research paper called “Ten Ways to Close Public Pension Funding Gaps.” “However, we can help ensure that state and local governments are looking [...]

5 11, 2020

DOL, Dubious About ESG Pension Investing, Cuts It a Bit of Slack in Final Rule

2020-11-05T15:48:37-08:00November 5th, 2020|Categories: ESG|Tags: , |

The Department of Labor (DOL) on Friday eased its stance a small amount against environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing, but it remained determined in its declaration in a final rule that Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) plan fiduciaries must make investment decisions that won’t sacrifice returns. In June, the DOL proposed a rule that determined employer-sponsored plans have a sole fiduciary duty to beneficiaries, not to social causes advanced through ESG investing. The proposal proved to be [...]

30 10, 2020

DOL walks back ESG language in final rule

2020-10-30T14:09:10-07:00October 30th, 2020|Categories: ESG|Tags: , |

The Department of Labor unveiled a final rule Friday stipulating that ERISA plan fiduciaries cannot invest in “non-pecuniary” vehicles that sacrifice investment returns or take on additional risk, though the final rule focused less on ESG than the proposal on which it was based. The rule was proposed in June and drew harsh criticism from the retirement community, including claims that the Labor Department did not sufficiently justify its reasoning behind the proposal and concerns that the proposal would [...]

28 10, 2020

Three Ways You Can Fight For Retirement Security During National Retirement Security Week (And Beyond)

2020-10-28T09:46:07-07:00October 28th, 2020|Categories: Retirement|Tags: , |

The National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators started National Retirement Security Week in 2006 to recognize the importance of a secure retirement, and it’s been observed during the third week of October each year since. This year, during the coronavirus-induced economic crisis, it’s more important than ever to protect the right to a secure retirement for all. Here are three ways you can fight for every American to retire with dignity during National Retirement Security Week (and beyond). [...]

28 10, 2020

Why millennials will win Trump’s war on socially responsible investing

2020-10-28T09:42:08-07:00October 28th, 2020|Categories: Socially Responsible Investment|Tags: , |

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) spent the summer declaring war on socially responsible investing. Under current Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, DOL took two huge steps to crush so-called “ESG” — environmental, social, and governance investing. The first, smaller, mostly procedural step took place in June with a move that would sharply increase the paperwork and regulatory burdens on ESG investors. The second, more brazen step took place just before Labor Day, when DOL proposed a rule change designed [...]

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