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  1. Opening up private equity fees

    truePrivate equity has come under renewed scrutiny over the issue of fees and transparency.

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  1. Defying economic reality

    trueUpdated with correction

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  2. Drilling deeper in corporate pay

    trueAsset owners and other institutional shareholders face a new corporate governance issue to wrestle with as a result of a proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rule dealing with corporate compensation.

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  3. Making banks accountable

    truePension funds, endowments, foundations and other asset owners — victims of manipulation of foreign exchange prices by four big banks and interest rate benchmarks by another — must demand reimbursement for their losses following the guilty pleas of the banks to criminal charges concerning the ...

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  4. 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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  5. Factor-based investing needs a hard look

    trueInstitutional investors should not rush into factor-based investing, the hot new thing being offered by many money management firms.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. It's time for leadership

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

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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