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Towers Watson: Funding ratios drop in 5 of 7 markets
trueThe funding levels of Towers Watson’s benchmark corporate pension plans in five major regions fell in the third quarter because of falling interest rates and modest investment returns.
BlackRock names new DC chief; Castille to be chief retirement strategist
trueAnne Ackerley was named head of BlackRock’s U.S. and Canada defined contribution business, replacing Chip Castille who has been appointed to the new position of chief retirement strategist.
Afore Banamex picks Pioneer Investments for international equities
trueAfore Banamex, Mexico City, hired Pioneer Investments to run about $400 million in active international equities.
GPIF more than doubles equity allocation, slices domestic bonds
trueJapan's ¥127.3 trillion ($1.14 trillion) Government Pension Investment Fund on Friday announced its targeted allocations to equities would more than double to account for half of its investment portfolio, while domestic bonds would see their allocation target slashed to 35% from 60%.
Northern Trust institutional universe loses ground in third quarter
trueCorporate defined benefit plans edged out public pension plans and endowments and foundations in a quarter that saw weak performance overall, Northern Trust data shows.
Essex County Council taps Alcentra for illiquid debt strategy
trueEssex County Council Pension Fund, Chelmsford, England, hired Alcentra to manage a long-only, multi-illiquid debt portfolio.
U.K.'s Pensions Regulator levies first fines over auto-enrollment compliance
trueThe Pensions Regulator, the U.K.'s pension watchdog, issued its first fines to employers for not meeting their automatic enrollment duties and issued 163 compliance notices.
Norway's Government Pension Fund Global reports flat returns for Q3
trueExposure to European equities hindered returns at Norway's Government Pension Fund Global for the quarter ended Sept. 30, while U.S. stocks emerged as the top performer.
Precision, flexibility vital for DC plans, say speakers at P&I conference
trueDefined contribution executives need to be both precise and flexible in the managing of their plans, according to fellow sponsors, consultants and providers who spoke at the annual Pensions & Investments West Coast Defined Contribution Conference, held Oct. 26-28 in San Diego.
5 winners named in P&I's Innovator Awards
trueFive winners of the third annual Innovator Awards were announced Monday by P&I and DCIIA.
Asset owners to push for better alignment, value
trueAsset owners, which have long been relatively passive players in a financial system dominated by banks and money managers, are poised to play a more active role in shaping that system, predicts David Neal, managing director of the A$104.5 billion (US$91.5 billion) Future Fund.
Clock ticking for managers in changing U.K. defined contribution market
trueGlobal money managers operating in the U.K.'s defined contribution market are running out of time to get their strategies in line for a world where savers have more freedom than ever before.
Pyramis: U.S. investors have different take on alternatives than Europe, Asia
trueU.S. institutional investors' views on investing in alternatives has diverged from their investing brethren in Europe and Asia, said a new survey by Pyramis Global Advisors.
Suppression of dissent shouldn't be a core value
trueCalPERS' reprimand of a board member for publicly criticizing the hiring of Theodore Ted Eliopoulos as its chief investment officer is unacceptable.
Battle for share of PIMCO spoils is getting hotter
trueThe money spigot is expected to keep flowing for PIMCO competitors who are working hard to snare the billions in fixed-income investments in play following September's departure of William H. Gross from the firm he co-founded.