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Texas Pension Review Board to Review and Revise Key Administrative Rules

The Texas Pension Review Board is reviewing several of the state agency's key rules and seeking public input.

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Celebrating German-American Day: The Contributions of German-Americans in Public Service

On Oct. 6, Americans across the country celebrate German-American Day, a day dedicated to honoring the rich cultural heritage and contributions of German-Americans to the United States. While many may associate German-Americans with their delicious cuisine, beautiful music, and strong work ethic, it's essential to recognize their significant role in public service. German-Americans have a long history of serving as public employees, contributing to the U.S. economy, and strengthening our communities. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of this contribution and why it is crucial to protect the pensions of those who serve as public employees.

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A Comprehensive Look Into the Economic Well-Being and Retirement Preparedness of U.S. Workers

In an era defined by evolving workplace dynamics and a heightened focus on employee well-being, the 2023 Workplace Wellness Survey offers a comprehensive look into the well-being and retirement preparedness of employees in the United States. Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) conducted this survey on financial well-being, employment-based health insurance, and retirement benefits in the workplace.

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Join Us for TEXPERS' Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas

Are you ready for an unforgettable experience that combines professional development, networking opportunities, and the chance to celebrate three decades of excellence in pensions? Look no further than the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (TEXPERS) 35th Anniversary Conference, set to take place from April 7 to 10, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas in Dallas, Texas.

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Government Shutdown: Why it Matters to Texas Public Employee Pension System Administrators

Good news. Congress is avoiding a government shutdown, at least through Nov. 17. As news of a government shutdown captures headlines nationwide, it might seem like a distant issue for those entrusted with managing Texas public employee pension systems. After all, the daily operations of pension systems are largely independent of federal politics, right? Well, not quite. In this blog post, we'll explore why any potential government shutdown should concern trustees and administrators of public employee pension systems and why staying informed is crucial for safeguarding the financial futures of countless retirees.

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Catch Up on the Latest Advancements and Trends in the Field of Pensions

Research papers and studies serve as a gateway to the latest advancements and trends in the field of public employee retirement systems. They provide access to cutting-edge knowledge, allowing trustees and administrators to stay ahead of the curve. By staying informed about the latest research, pension fund leaders can make informed decisions that can significantly impact the retirement systems they oversee. Through networking with its partner organizations plus the Association's investment, consultants, actuaries, vendors, and other service providers members and communicating with retirement and investment industry research groups, TEXPERS shares reports, research papers, briefs, and other documents with its members. 

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Government Watch

Congress raised the debt limit this year to prevent a government default. They are working to agree on next year's budget by Sept. 30.

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The Significance of Parents' Day

Parents' Day, observed this year on Sunday, July 23, is a special occasion that allows us to express gratitude and appreciation for our parents' love, sacrifices, and guidance. While we often celebrate this day by showering them with gifts and affection, it is also an opportune time to reflect upon the significance of a secure retirement for our elderly parents. In this blog post, we will explore why Parents' Day serves as a timely reminder to prioritize and ensure our aging parents' financial well-being.

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Pension Review Board Reports on System News

On June 29, the Texas Pension Board received updates on the recent progress and changes pension funds have made. The City of Midland and pension officials presented their case at the beginning of the meeting, and PRB staff actuary David Fee followed on with additional reports:

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Celebrating World Population Day on Tuesday, July 11, 2023

July 11 is World Population Day, a time to celebrate the growth of our global society and recognize how population changes impact our lives. The U.S. Census Bureau population projections indicate the world population will surpass 8 billion by the end of this year.

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Maximize Your Success

As members of the pensions and investments industry, we know that professional development is essential for staying current on trends and regulations. TEXPERS is proud to host its Summer Educational Forum in The Woodlands, Texas – an annual event designed to provide public employee retirement system administrators, board members, and other key stakeholders with the necessary tools and resources to maximize their professional growth. In this blog post, we'll discuss how you can make the most out of your experience at the conference and prepare for success!

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A Pension Act in 1776 Paved the Way to Ensure Financial Security for Government Workers Today

In 1776, the founding fathers of the United States declared independence from Great Britain and made a bold statement: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” This declaration was a major milestone in the history of our nation and has been seen as a major contributor to our current retirement system. Public employee pension system leaders can thank the founding of the Continental Congress and the Declaration of Independence for the right to receive defined benefits and secure retirement plans - enabling local government workers to retire with peace of mind. In this blog post, we will explore how this important document has helped shape today’s public employee retirement benefits.

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Report Warns of More Economic Shocks

A recently released report from Ortec Finance has some interesting findings about the U.S. public pension plan sector. According to the Ortec Finance report, 90% of public sector pension plan managers expect to increase spending on scenario modeling and stress testing in the next two years to manage market shocks. For TEXPERS System Members, scenario modeling and stress testing are familiar tools they use to better understand how market volatility may affect their pensions. We'll look at the report's key findings and provide context. 

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Jeff Mueller of Polen Capital to Keynote TEXPERS' 2023 Annual Conference

TEXPERS is thrilled to announce Polen Capital as the Gold Sponsor and keynote presenter for our 2023 Annual Conference taking place April 2-5, 2023, at Austin Marriott Downtown, 304 E. Cesar Chavez St. in Austin, Texas.

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We've Sold Out of Our Conference Hotel Block Rooms

We've sold out of our room block at the Austin Marriott Downtown, the official hotel venue for the TEXPERS' 2023 Annual Conference, April 2-5 in Austin, Texas!

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Uncover How Lawmakers Could Impact Your Public Retirement System in the 88th Legislative Session

The 88th Texas Legislative Session is in full swing, with lawmakers proposing and debating bills that could significantly impact public employee pension plans.

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Fulfill State-mandated Educational Requirement Through TEXPERS Courses

TEXPERS is holding Basic and Advanced training on Saturday, April 1, 2023, at the Austin Marriott Downtown, 304 E. Cesar Chavez St.

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How to Take Conference Notes

When you attend a pensions and investment conference, taking notes can be invaluable. Jotting down notes will help you remember topics and ideas for managing the secure retirement of your fund's annuitants.

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Book Your Conference Room by March 10 to Get a Special Rate

As conference attendees, finding a convenient and comfortable place to stay can be difficult. Staying at the on-site hotel of a conference venue is more convenient than staying off-site. 

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The Benefits of Participating in a Golf Tournament

For public pension fund trustees, administrators and investment firm managers, business success relies heavily on networking and connecting with the right people. Participating in a golf tournament is an ideal way to achieve both goals while having fun.

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