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  1. Argentina loses bid for full-court rehearing of bond appeal

    trueArgentina lost its bid for a rehearing of a federal appeals court ruling against it in litigation over $1.5 billion in the nation's defaulted bonds.

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  1. Not just sitting ducks

    trueIn election season, politicians ask: Are you better off than you were four years ago? But pension funds should ask: Are they better prepared to deal with the risk and return challenges that lie ahead than they were when the financial market crisis struck?

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  2. Financial industry dollars flow to Republicans in about-face

    trueMoney managers and others in financial services have shifted their support in the presidential election to Mitt Romney, after backing Barack Obama four years ago.

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  3. Rescue is no way out pension plan underfunding

    truePension fund executives were among leaders in the effort to reform the financial system and end the doctrine of too big to fail. Yet, some pension funds themselves have come to be seen by some as too big to fail, and have become the subjects of potential bailouts.

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  4. Stock market does affect election — but not in the way you might think

    trueThat's a question Barry C. Knapp, U.S. equity portfolio strategist, Barclays Capital Inc., New York, addresses in a recent research report “U.S. Portfolio Strategy: Election 2012: "It's the economy stupid'.”

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  5. Democrats hear hedge fund exec Steyer discuss clean energy

    trueFarallon Capital co-managing partner Thomas F. Steyer addressed the Democratic National Convention, discussing the importance of clean energy as a differentiating factor in the upcoming presidential election.

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  6. DNC platform short on details for private-sector retirement plans

    truePrivate-sector retirement plans got a passing mention Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention, where the party platform focused on Social Security.

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  7. Political platforms raise pension issues

    truePension funds and retirement security are featured topics in both Democratic and Republican platforms, but the focuses are different.

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  8. PBGC scrutiny, Fed transparency part of GOP platform

    trueRepublicans in their 2012 platform are calling for a presidential panel to look at corporate defined benefit pension plans backed by the PBGC to see whether a taxpayer bailout is in the cards.

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  9. 2012 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE EMPLOYEE BENEFIT QUESTIONNAIRE

    trueBoth parties have been talking about tax reform to broaden the revenue base and lower tax rates. Both parties are also under pressure to deal with the federal budget. In the quest to find revenue and to set the stage for major tax reform, several commissions have suggested limiting or eliminating ...

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  10. Federal workers worry about pensions under Ryan

    trueRep. Paul Ryan's selection as Mitt Romney's vice presidential candidate has federal worker groups braced for cuts in their retirement benefits.

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  11. BlackRock CEO backs Obama's re-election

    trueLaurence D. Fink, BlackRock CEO, said he supports the re-election of Barack Obama because the president needs more than four years to help the country recover from the global financial crisis.

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  12. Putnam's Reynolds aims to put retirement security on election agenda

    trueIn a presidential election with many competing issues already on the table for the Democrats and Republicans, Putnam Investments chief executive Robert Reynolds wants to turn the conversation to something more substantial: retirement issues.

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  13. Romney's presidential bid may hurt private equity image with pension funds

    trueMitt Romney's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination may be costing his private-equity backers a lot more than they bargained for.

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