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If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them - Private Equity's New Strategy?

Eileen Appelbaum | Posted 07.13.2014 | Business
Eileen Appelbaum

The PE industry's bread and butter -- using lots of debt to buyout companies (LBOs), take them over, and sell them a few years later at a huge profit -- is taking a back seat to PE's new strategy of betting on the stock market.

Zach Carter

You Didn't Even Know These Wall Streeters Were Ripping You Off

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Private equity firms are routinely ripping off their clients, harming pension funds, universities and charitable foundations, according ...

The Hedge Fund That Ate Chicago

Les Leopold | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Les Leopold

There's a battle royale raging in Chicago. It pits hedge funds, the Chicago financial exchanges, real estate interests and Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the one side, against public employee unions and community groups on the other.

A New Science of Pension Fund Management

Steve Currall | Posted 02.15.2014 | Business
Steve Currall

We urge other public pension funds to bring scientific research to bear on these questions. Like any other investor, these funds should invite, rather than resist, impartial scrutiny of their strategy

Hedge Funds and Pension Funds Are Oil and Water

Sean McElwee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Many states have underfunded pensions, partially because to the financial crisis and partially because of politicians underfunding them. In order to increase returns and close that gap, more pension systems are turning to alternative investments in hedge funds.

The Question of Mainstreaming Impact Investing

Ben Thornley | Posted 11.20.2013 | Business
Ben Thornley

The process of mainstreaming impact investing is, quite literally, about asking the right questions, and having the right answers ready to provide.

From Margins to Mainstream: World Economic Forum Tackles Impact Investing

David Bank | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact
David Bank

From the folks who brought us Davos comes a new report that cautiously concludes that impact investing is ready to break out from its niche and captur...

Workers' Capital Stewards Urge United Commitment to Economic Impact Investing

Marco Trbovich | Posted 11.16.2013 | Business
Marco Trbovich

With the tremendous amount of pension capital that's currently managed, the market may be ignoring an enormous economic engine that could be reinvested in our communities at this time.

Privatizing Cincinnati's Retirement System -- A Bad Deal for Retirees, Workers and the City

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

A proposed charter amendment slated for Cincinnati's ballot this November would break its pension promises to city workers, harming working families and the city economy. It is part of an immoral national fight against retirement security.

Hey, Chicago, Whattya Say? Chapter 9 Is on the Way?

Bob Williams | Posted 10.08.2013 | Chicago
Bob Williams

Today, Chicago residents can count on their streetlamps working tonight and the police responding to emergencies in well under an hour. Unless they demand immediate action to address public employee retirement costs, that may not be true tomorrow.

My Top Quotes in Illinois

Madison Bondi | Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

The pension crisis still has no solution, and as each day passes, the Illinois taxpayers are the ones who pay the piper -- literally. It's cost ‪‎taxpayers‬ $21 billion since 2000, and it's only getting worse.

My Top Quotes in Illinois

Madison Bondi | Posted 07.23.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

The subject of political corruption is nothing new to Illinois, but the recent accusations of patronage against House Speaker Michael Madigan made by ...

My Top Quotes in Illinois

Madison Bondi | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

Last week Governor Pat Quinn fulfilled his threat to lawmakers that if they did not come up with a proposed solution to the pension crisis, they will ...

Joy Resmovits

Teacher Pensions Out Of Control

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

School districts across the country are so hobbled by the recession that they've increased class sizes, closed buildings and scaled back pre-kindergar...

Two very different approaches to solving Illinois' pension crisis

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.24.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

In the final two weeks of the 2013 spring legislative session, lawmakers are weighing two bills that address what is arguably the greatest financial crisis in state history.

Illinois House Should Pass Fair Pension Bill, SB 2404

Michael T. Carrigan | Posted 07.21.2013 | Chicago
Michael T. Carrigan

On a range of issues, our state faces tough problems that can only be solved by stakeholders and elected officials working together. The new pension reform legislation, Senate Bill 2404, shows the way.

Bad to Worse: Why Shareholder Activism Hurts Shareholders

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

One of the ways (theoretically) in which businesses are held accountable by the public, or at least those with stock portfolios, is through shareholder activism. However, in practice, shareholder activism can actually be a case of a disease being used to cure an illness.

Reward Investors in Banks That Break Up

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.07.2013 | Business
Brent Budowsky

I agree with George Will about as often as the Boston Red Sox agree with the New York Yankees, but as the law of broken clocks suggests, we must both be right at least twice a day.

Pension Panic Fueled by Anti-Worker Politics?

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Pension costs seem to loom over so many state and local budget battles like a sinister sword of Damocles, a dark reminder of Big Government's tyrannical profligacy. Should we panic?

Should You Reconsider Your Pension Plan?

U.S. News And World Report | David Ning | Posted 01.16.2013 | Fifty

Many of us wish our company offered a pension plan, but more and more employers are moving away from these so-called traditional defined-benefit plans...

Dave Jamieson

NFL Referee Lockout: Refs Resist Pension Freeze, Cite League Profits

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.13.2012 | Sports

WASHINGTON -- When week two of the NFL season starts in Green Bay, Wis. Thursday night, fans won't see the league's most experienced referees taking t...

Climate Emergency: A Five-Part Action Plan

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 09.22.2012 | Green
Sarah van Gelder

If we had acted 20 or 30 years ago, when the alarm bells were first sounded, the transition to a climate safe world could have been more gradual and less disruptive. Now, time is short.

Pension Gimmicks Blamed on Workers

Dave Johnson | Posted 08.28.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

The student loan deal is badly needed. It should have just been extended! But as part of the "sweetener" for those 1 percenters there is a corporate pension giveaway in the deal that has nothing to do with student loans.

Major Shareholder To Vote Against Walmart CEO In Wake Of Scandal

Reuters | Posted 07.23.2012 | Business

By Jessica Wohl May 23 (Reuters) - CalPERS, the biggest U.S. public pension fund, said on Wednesday it plans to vote a...

Josh Mandel's $65 Billion Mistake

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics

Ohio Democrats are pouncing on state Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) for apparently forgetting $65 billion in state pension funds under his supervision, cal...