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  1. Canadian pension funds return 3% in quarter, survey finds

    trueCanadian defined benefit funds in the RBC Investor & Treasury Services universe returned 3% in the second quarter and 7.8% for the first six months of the year.

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  1. Ontario Legislature clears way for supplemental pension plan

    trueThe Ontario Legislature Thursday passed the province's 2014-'15 budget, which sets off the process of creating a provincial pension plan to supplement the C$219.1 billion (US$203.3 billion) Canada Pension Plan.

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  2. Kazakhstan's NIC looking for investment consultant

    trueNational Investment Corp., Almaty, Kazakhstan, is searching for an investment consultant for general, private equity and hedge fund investments.

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  3. Marc Faber heavy on gloom and doom at CFA seminar

    trueMarc Faber, publisher of the “Gloom, Doom and Boom” newsletter warned against lofty asset valuations, excessive debt and investor complacency as he discussed his views on the market at a CFA Institute financial analysts seminar in Chicago Thursday.

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  4. APG taps former Belgacom CEO as senior adviser

    truePhilip Neyt was appointed senior adviser, public affairs, for money manager and pensions provider APG’s strategy and policy team, a spokesman said.

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  5. Collective investment idea advances for London borough funds

    trueA new limited liability company has been created to make it easier for London boroughs and the City of London to collectively invest their pension assets.

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  6. Detroit pension plan participants approve bankruptcy exit plan

    trueDetroit’s active and retired public workers approved the city’s plan to exit bankruptcy, which includes freezing the two public defined benefit plans and replacing them with hybrid plans.

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  7. U.K. to allow private-sector DB plan participants to continue to switch to DC plans

    trueThe U.K. government will allow private-sector defined benefit plan participants to transfer to newly flexible defined contribution plans, said Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

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  8. APG taps new CIO

    trueEduard van Gelderen was appointed chief investment officer at APG Asset Management.

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  9. ESG leaders

    truePolicies vary when it comes to ESG, but some institutions are leading the way.

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  10. UPS is looking for smart beta to deliver

    trueThe $28 billion United Parcel Service Inc. defined benefit plan has taken smart beta to a new level, allocating 40% of the equity portfolio to the alternatives to market-capitalization indexes.

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  11. Emerging markets debt is attracting investors again

    trueEmerging markets debt, pummeled during last year's “taper tantrum,” is now tempting institutional investors back into the fold.

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  12. A few changes to P&I's Eddy Awards

    trueNew rules, a revised menu of entry categories and a new venue mark the launch of the 2015 Eddy Awards.

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  13. Beefing up fiduciary oversight

    trueInstitutional asset owners must make more of an effort to peel back the layers of complexity to deal with the fiduciary issues surrounding non-traded investments, including private equity and real estate.

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