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Upcoming Interim Legislative Hearings

Below is a list of upcoming or recently held interim Texas legislative hearings TEXPERS' System Members and others interested in managing public employee pensions in the state might be interested in following. The topics either directly or indirectly impact pension management or governance issues. 

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Remembering Law Enforcement's Fallen Officers

This week, law enforcement officers from Fort Worth, Mesquite, and the Texas Department of Public Safety are traveling to Washington, D.C., to take part in a memorial service during National Police Week to honor their colleagues who died serving their communities.

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PRB Posts Draft Rule Language and Board Policy Related to Funding Soundness Restoration Plans

The Texas Pension Review Board has posted the draft rule language and board policy related to Funding Soundness Restoration Plans to the state agency's website. 

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May 1-7 is Public Service Recognition Week 2022

There are an estimated 15.1 million full-time and 4.7 million part-time employees working in state and local governments in the U.S., according to the 2020 Annual Survey of Public Employment and Payroll, the most recent statistics available from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

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TEXPERS' Fort Worth Annual Conference Packs General Session With Nearly 530 Attendees

The Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems held its 2022 Annual Conference at The Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, April 3-6, 2022.

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Retirement Fund Seeks Benefits Specialist

Austin Firefighters Relief and Retirement Fund is seeking resumes for a Benefits Specialist. For further information, view the Job Description below:

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ILPA Institute Heading to Austin to Offer Executive Education

The Institutional Limited Partners Association's ILPA Institute will be in Austin May 11-12, 2022, offering its executive education programming for trustees. The Private Equity for Trustee course explores the basic aspects of the private equity asset class, the economics of a private equity investment, the current state of the market, and its external perception. The program fee is $1499 and will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the DLA Piper Austin Office, 303 Colorado St., Suite 3000, in Austin. For more information and to register, contact Mandy Ilk at [email protected].

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Upcoming Interim Legislative Hearings

The following list is a compilation of the upcoming interim legislative hearings that might interest TEXPERS' System Members. Hearing dates and times are subject to change. Please note that additional hearings dates may also be added at any time. Items directly impacting pensions are highlighted in yellow.

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Sponsors Named for TEXPERS' 2022 Annual Golf Tournament

The countdown to the start of TEXPERS' 2022 Annual Conference, April 3-6 in Fort Worth, Texas, continues with the announcement of the sponsors of the event's annual golf tournament. On Sunday, April 3, the conference kicks off with the association's annual golf tournament at Rockwood Park Golf Course

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Announces Committee Appointments

Due to the impending retirement of three Texas senators, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced on March 23 the appointments of their replacements to serve on committees during the interim leading up to the 88th Legislative Session.

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House Interim Committee Charges Could Impact Management of Public Pensions

Dade Phelan, the Republican Speaker of the Texas House, announced some of the key policy priorities for the 2023 legislative session. Some of his priorities have direct and indirect implications for managing public employee pensions.

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See the 24 Organizations That Recently Joined Your Association

TEXPERS members are trustees, administrators, professional service providers, employee groups, and associations engaged or interested in managing public employee retirement systems.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Conference Attendance

Public pension fund trustees and administrators benefit from participating in TEXPERS conferences by receiving valuable education and connecting with other professionals committed to securing retirement for public employees. Your next opportunity to boost your professional skills is during our Annual Conference April 3-6, 2022, at The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Your Personal Conference Assistant

Attendees of TEXPERS' 2022 Annual Conference have an easy way to satisfy their networking, learning, and organizational needs. Meet TEXPERS365, your personal conference assistant.

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Why the Heck Do We Own Bonds?

When advising our sons and daughters on how to invest for their retirement in roughly 60 years, we point them to stocks and the budding venture capital ideas of their classmates. The same advice might also hold true for perpetual institutions with a nearly infinite time horizon, no annual cash-flow requirements, and a passing interest in market volatility.

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Inflation: Momentum or Reversion to the Mean

With headline inflation at multi-decade highs investors are rightly concerned and it bears an in-depth look. Some of the drivers of price rises have persisted longer than the Fed expected. But looking beyond the headlines at some of those drivers of the last twelve months could be useful.

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Assessing Fair Value

Since mid-January risk markets have experienced elevated volatility and weakness due to fears of the Fed’s tightening policy. Market segments with the highest valuations and most perceived sensitivity to rates have suffered the worst, as many investors took gains after a sustained post-pandemic run. While it is important to not overreact to short-term swings, it’s also important to assess possible downside moves from here based on both technicals and fundamentals. 

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What's Up in the Bond Market?

Spreads and yields/rates is the simple answer to the above question. Let’s take a look at what is going on:

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March 1, 2022, is Primary Election Day in Texas

The Texas 2022 Primary Election is set for Tuesday, March 1st, 2022. Due to redistricting, all 181 legislative seats are up for re-election this year. If needed, primary election runoffs will be held on May 24th, 2022.

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Listed Infrastructure in 2022

Even after strong performance in 2021, listed infrastructure stands to potentially benefit in 2022 from a favorable macro backdrop, investors’ search for inflation protection, and attractive valuations. 

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