Editorials

  1. The dividends of diversity

    trueCompanies, and the investment managers that invest in them, are coming under pressure to add diversity to their top ranks.

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  1. Gentle persuasion necessary on retirement goals

    trueThe latest Retirement Confidence Survey conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute and Matthew Greenwald & Associates shows employees' confidence in their ability to afford to retire increased last year. That confidence could be misplaced; less than half have tried to figure out how much ...

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  2. Concerned? Please speak up

    trueThe Department of Labor has taken a welcome step in protecting the retirement assets of workers with its proposed new fiduciary rule.

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  3. It's time for leadership

    trueThe time has come for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to exhibit leadership.

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  4. Fulfilling a valuable purpose

    truePension funds should stop trying to save the world and reaffirm their focus on securing retirement benefits for millions of participants.

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  5. A judge's call for 401(k)s

    trueThe federal judge who oversaw the Detroit bankruptcy case, Steven W. Rhodes, has offered a blunt assessment of the future of public retirement systems, calling for officials to consider moving to defined contribution plans.

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  6. Wasting 401(k) plan assets

    trueBig employers have come out in favor of higher-fee retail mutual funds in 401(k) plans. What are they thinking? That position is an unacceptable breach in the duty of fiduciaries.

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  7. Fee on leverage misguided

    truePresident Barack Obama's proposed financial fee on leverage that would apply to large investment management firms as well as other large financial institutions won't enhance market stability as it supposedly is designed to do.

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  8. Cash needs to be put to work

    truePension funds and other asset owners can limit the cash positions in their portfolios, but they cannot significantly influence other huge pools of cash sitting on the sidelines — cash idle on corporate balance sheets. This must change.

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  9. Damage of low rates

    trueThe best thing that could be done for pension funds in 2015 is something they can't do themselves: increase interest rates.

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  10. Getting back on track

    trueThe Financial Analysts Journal, what the CFA Institute calls its flagship publication and one of its principal means of outreach to advance development of the investment management profession, recently has appeared at risk of losing its way.

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  11. Congress did the right thing to protect multiemployer plans

    trueCongress made the right decision to allow severely financially distressed multiemployer pension plans to cut retiree benefits.

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  12. Time to shore up the PBGC

    trueWith the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. deficit growing to record levels and projections of continued deteriorating financial conditions, the question is: Can the PBGC be saved without increasing its premiums further, reducing the benefits it insures, resorting to a taxpayer bailout or some ...

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  13. The risks of multiline firms

    trueThe Department of Labor made the right decision in granting Credit Suisse AG and its related entities a temporary exemption to continue to provide asset management services, at least for the short term, after its banking unit pleaded guilty to assisting U.S. citizens avoid taxes.

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