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New CalPERS leader wants pension fund to put its money back into tobacco: CalPERS’ newest elected board member floated a proposal Monday asking the pension fund to consider investing in tobacco, an industry that CalPERS abandoned 18 years ago. Jason Perez, a Corona … Click to Continue »
CalPERS moving forward with $20 billion expansion of its private equity investments: CalPERS is preparing to significantly increase its stake privately held companies, moving to create two new ventures that could invest up to $20 billion outside of publicly traded stock markets. … Click to Continue »
Higher risk, higher returns? New CalPERS strategy would use non-public employees: The CalPERS board will decide Monday whether to move forward with a plan to try to boost investment earnings with a higher-risk, higher-return strategy that comes with little opportunity for … Click to Continue »
A tale of two cities and blocked pension reforms: A San Diego city attorney urged an appeals court last week to order talks with unions on repaying 4,000 employees for pensions illegally replaced by 401(k)-style plans under an initiative, a cost some estimate could reach $100 million. If the talks result in agreement, the city attorney suggest...
New pension-cut rulings begin with little change: Voter-approved pension cuts were the first wave of court cases after public pension investment funds had huge losses in a stock market crash a decade ago, creating the need for big bites out of government budgets to pay alarming debt. Ballot measures in cities large and small were overturned by...
CalPERS can’t get enough of its top-earning asset: CalPERS is considering a step toward buying companies on its own, rather than through partnerships with private equity firms that charge high annual fees and then take a chunk of the profits. Private equity has been producing higher yields than publicly traded stocks. Under the current CalPERS ...
PensionTsunami Is Taking a Four-Day Weekend: Pension news has been very sparse lately and the past two weeks have been especially ?? trying as well as very hot ?? so we??re going to take off early for the Labor Day weekend. See you on Tuesday! ?? Jack Dean, Editor
PensionTsunami is taking a break: We??re taking my favorite holiday ?? the Fourth of July ?? as an opportunity to rejuvenate for several days. We may post a headline or two each day if they seem important, but otherwise we hope to be back with full daily news of escalating state and local government pension crises on Monday. ...
A Response to Yves Smith on CalPERS: Yes, The Twelve Days of CalPERS by Yves Smith at naked capitalism is very witty, but it plays into the hands of those who would like to see public pensions dismantled. I like some of the work Yves Smith has  have been reporting on CalPERS, which obviously needs not only watching but needs t...
CalPERS Candidate Forum: September 16, 2014: CalPERS Auditorium Looking Toward Board Seats Please attend the upcoming CalPERS Candidate Forum. Sorry, I haven??t been keeping this site up but have concentrated on Corporate Governance. However, another election cycle is coming up at CalPERS. State and local government employees will each e...
CalPERS Issues Circular Letter Regarding Employer Obligations for Out-of-Class Appointments, But Many Questions Remain: This post was authored by Michael Youril. On April 27, 2018, the California Public Employees?? Retirement System (??CalPERS?) issued Circular Letter No.: 200-021-18, which discusses limitations imposed on ??out-of-class appointments? by Assembly Bill 1487, which added Government Code secti...
CalPERS Reduces Amortization Period with Impacts to Employer Contribution Rates: This post was authored by Stephanie J. Lowe and Frances Rogers. The California Public Employees?? Retirement System (CalPERS) recently decided to change its Actuarial Amortization Policy (??Amortization Policy?), which will impact employer contribution rates for contracting agencies. The revi...

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