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Banks are Finally off the Naughty List

Hark! Is that Jolly Old Saint Nick, climbing quickly to altitude in the winter night sky?

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Addressing the Environmental Challenge in the Maritime Industry

The maritime industry is a massive and critical component of the global supply chain, responsible for transporting approximately 90% of global goods and commodities,[1] as well as producing clean electricity and low-carbon food. Due to its size, the industry is responsible for approximately 3% of global CO2 emissions,[2] as well as other pollutants.

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Bitcoin's Evolution as an Inflation Hedge and Currency

2021 was an impressive year for crypto as the market, led by Bitcoin, expanded to a market cap of roughly $3 trillion, up from $800 billion at the start of the year. Bitcoin itself was able to maintain a market capitalization of over $1 trillion for several months and stands at approximately $1.1 trillion at the time of writing. While its price action throughout the year was well documented by the media, its adoption as an inflation hedge and as a currency were overlooked.

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Understanding Return Forecasts for Public DB Plans

Public defined benefit (DB) plans face intensifying pressure as modest expectations for future investment returns continue to fall short of actuarial discount rates. Post-pandemic market conditions have magnified the challenge as investment consultants continue to lower their capital markets assumptions in the face of low interest rates and rising equity market valuations, which both point to leaner future returns.

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A Framework for Mapping Modern Slavery Risk in Investment Portfolios

More than 40 million people worldwide are estimated to be victims of various forms of modern slavery, including forced labor, debt bondage and human trafficking. Forced labor alone is estimated to generate profits of US$150 billion a year for the criminals behind it.

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Sports and Healthcare Investing Have a Lot in Common

Sports and healthcare investing may not seem to have much in common—until you consider the role that defense can play in both.

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Global Economy Seems to Have Finished 2021 With a Solid Momentum

While we believe the pace of economic growth will gradually decelerate over the course of the year, we expect it will remain above-trend. Driving this solid economic activity will be three distinct forces – the consumer, inventories, and business investment.

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Six Cities and The Staff of a Dallas Pension Plan Join TMRS

The Texas Municipal Retirement System, the statewide multi-employer retirement plan, is managing the retirement benefits of six new participating cities and the staff of a Dallas pension plan.

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Election Update: 30 Seats Open in Texas House and Senate

There are 30 open seats in the Texas House and Senate up for grabs during the March 2022 Primary Election and November 2022 General Election. 

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Texas House Speaker Announces Appointments to Sunset Advisory Commission

House Speaker Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, recently announced his appointments to the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, which determines when state agencies will be abolished if the Legislature doesn't act to extend them. 

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First Responders Don’t Get Much of a Break During Holidays: Report

When families gather for the holidays, workers nationwide often get time off to spend with loved ones. That isn't always the case for thousands of public employees who work as first responders. The holidays can be a stressful time for those in law enforcement and firefighting. In fact, the holidays often result in higher numbers of incidents as folks strive to create festive memories. Yet, most first responders stay on the job despite the stress of the holidays and beyond.

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Survey Figures Offer Pension Managers Insight Into Holiday Economy

 

Each holiday season, the U.S. Census Bureau releases its economic rundown of holiday economic retail figures. As trustees and administrators of public employee retirement systems, keeping up with the financial market is essential. Pension funds in the U.S. hold trillions of dollars in assets and are critical economic institutions in their quests to make up for some of the loss of income for retired state and local government workers such as police and firefighters.  

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3 Webinars to Improve Your Pension Governance Skills

Each week, TEXPERS presents you with free or low-cost ways to gain insights into current trends, research, and news related to public pension management, governance, policymaking, investments, research, and retirement—all from the comfort of your office.

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US Census Bureau Releases Annual Survey of Public Pensions

In 2020, assets (cash and investments) for state- and local-administered defined-benefit public pensions systems totaled $4.6 trillion, an increase from the 2019 level of $4.4 trillion, according to an annual survey of public pensions released by the U.S. Census Bureau in July 2021.

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Pensions Committee Vice-chair to Leave House Post to Seek Senate Seat

Texas Rep. Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound, announced that he is not seeking re-election to his District 63 seat. Instead, he is running to replace Sen. Jane Nelson, who is vacating Senate District 12, an area that went through some shifting due to redistricting. 

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AIF Southwest Trustee Education Program and Investors' Forum

AIF Global will be hosting the 2021 AIF Trustee Education Forum and Southwest Investors’ Forum on Nov. 16 and 17 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas. The Trustee Education Program on Tuesday, Nov. 16 is accredited by the Texas Pension Review Board and education certificates will be distributed upon completion. The program is limited to trustees and investment staff only and there is no cost to attend. 

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State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. Announces Retirement

State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville, the third-most senior member of the Texas Senate, is retiring after three decades serving District 27.

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Research Shows Defined Benefit Pensioners Experience Higher Mortality Improvements Than General US Population

Pension plan participants live longer than the rest of the US population, according to Club Vita. Not only do pensioners have longer life expectancies, but according to the study, plan participants also enjoy a faster rate of longevity improvements.

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Texas Institutional Forum Offers TEXPERS Members Free Access to Investment Insiders

A forum is being held in Austin on Nov. 18 to provide insights into selected areas of interest to the Texas institutional investment community. This year marks the event's eighth iteration.

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THE 'EM-ification' of DM’s

At a high level, it’s fair to say that economic and other fundamentals in developed markets (DMs) have become increasingly fragile over the past decade-plus. During that period, severe stress episodes like the global financial crisis (GFC) and the COVID-19 pandemic have spotlighted and, in some cases, accelerated this weakening of fundamentals in some countries.

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