Editorials

  1. Tax's excessive expectations

    trueAs part of their presidential nomination campaigns, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley both have proposed a financial transaction tax, designed to tap a lucrative source of revenue and target trading abuses on Wall Street.

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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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  2. Disrupting DC plan status quo

    trueThe success of the Illinois State Board of Investment's recent re-enrollment program ought to encourage other defined contribution plan sponsors — public or corporate — to embrace such a move or at least consider it, especially for plans with concentrated allocations, including company stock.

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  3. Defying economic reality

    trueUpdated with correction

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. It's time for leadership

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

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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