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  1. The coming crunch for pension plans: Derisking despite supply, low-rate issues

    trueMany U.S. corporate defined benefit plans have engaged in strategies to narrow the mismatch between the interest rate sensitivity of their assets and liabilities. However, executives of many plans are waiting to take action. We believe three factors will conspire to put pressure on them.

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  1. Everyone is focusing on the wrong goal in retirement planning

    trueRobert C. Merton, 1997 Nobel laureate, wrote in the July-August issue of Harvard Business Review: “The seeds of an investment crisis have been sown. The only way to avoid a catastrophe is for plan participants, professionals and regulators to shift the mindset and metrics from asset value to ...

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  2. Target-date fund outcomes expose fiduciaries to risk

    trueTDFs are often black boxes, so many fiduciaries don't realize they do not have a rigorous conceptual basis — as demonstrated by the dramatic variation in the returns and asset allocations of funds with the same target date.

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  3. For ERISA to have a future, return it to its roots

    trueForty years ago, President Ford signed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act into law. It's hard to conceive now, but ERISA was crafted by both Democrats and Republicans with support from both business and labor. Since then, it's protected the pensions of tens of millions.

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  4. The market is ready for proxy access

    trueIt is time for the Securities and Exchange Commission to propose proxy access again.  

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  5. Challenges from 401(k) fiduciary breaches litigation

    trueWith ERISA entering its 41st year, commentators highlighting the landmark legislation's successes and failures have paid little attention to the newfound focus on fiduciary responsibility resulting from an increase in litigation from alleged fiduciary breaches, particularly in 401(k) defined ...

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  6. Embracing risk: Perils of aversion and misdefinition

    trueThe investment community is developing a strong aversion to risk at the institutional levels - with serious consequences.

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  7. Canada offers lessons for CalPERS, other U.S. funds

    trueI was a member of a task force created in the late 1980s by the government of Ontario to recommend how the province's public-sector pension plans might be restructured for better performance.

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  8. Kick-starting an internal risk-management dialogue

    trueConventional risk management efforts are often designed to manage risk when conditions are considered normal or in a business-as-usual environment, but not during extremes, which is when risk management is most needed.

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  9. Why the Halliburton decision matters

    trueThe U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Halliburton Co. et al. vs. Erica P. John Fund Inc. is a significant victory for institutional investors in pursing securities class-action lawsuits.

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  10. A new DC plan to replace current patchwork system

    trueOur nation needs to replace its existing retirement system — now.

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  11. An asset owner meets challenges of cost, performance

    trueIn reaction to criticism of costs and performance, Karl Koch, chief investment officer of the $27.65 billion Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System, Des Moines, posted on its website the following response on the use of active and passive investment management as well as performance and fees. The ...

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  12. Investors should address aggressive corporate tax planning

    trueSustainable, well-run businesses should pay a fair level of tax, and avoid the reputational, legal and financial risks posed by aggressive tax planning.

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  13. Keeping the PBGC from being the next bailout recipient

    trueA series of recently issued reports have addressed various governance and financial challenges facing the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. The takeaway from all of them is that unless changes are made in the way the federal pension insurance system is governed and financed, there is a heightened risk ...

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