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How Do Public Pensions Invest? A Primer
National Institute on Retirement Security [NIRS] Link to more items from this source
Jan. 23, 2013
"[1] Public pension funds have a clear division of labor for making investment-related decisions. Fiduciary standards apply to each key role in the investment process. [2] Public pension funds have rational and systematic processes for setting asset allocation in a diversified portfolio, estimating expected investment returns, and evaluating investment performance. [3] The board of trustees of each public DB pension fund determines the acceptable level of risk that is prudent for their plan given its particular circumstances. They then adopt an asset allocation that is designed to maximize returns within the established level of risk. [4] The level of risk assumed by public pension funds, as indicated by the percentage of assets invested in equities, is consistent with other institutional investors and with many prudent individual investors."

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