US - All US institutional investors performed negatively in the third quarter of 2011 with the median public, corporate and multi-employer funds down 8.94%, 7.94% and 9.03% respectively, Wilshire Trust Universe Comparison Service (Wilshire TUCS) results...
US - The California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) has adopted a policy which puts pressure on company management teams to disclose their political contributions.
US - The aggregate funded ratio in S&P 1500 pension plans increased to 75% in October from 72% in September, though much of the gain was wiped out at the beginning of this month, figures from Mercer show.
SPAIN/PORTUGAL - Pioneer Investments has appointed Teresa Molins as senior sales manager of its institutional business in Spain and Portugal.
SOUTH AFRICA - Asset management firm Franklin Templeton Investments has named Jo-Anne Bailey as director of its African division.
NEW ZEALAND - The New Zealand Superannuation fund has returned -11% for the third quarter of 2011.
US/NETHERLANDS - CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) has completed the acquisition of ING Real Estate Investment Management (ING REIM) Europe, marking the final stage of CBRE's absorption of ING's real estate business.
US - The Illinois Teachers' Retirement System has doled out $825m to new and existing managers and approved searches for up to six additional hedge fund managers and transition managers.
AUSTRALIA - The A$73.2bn ($78.2bn) Future Fund lost 2.9% in the third quarter, though moves to decrease equity exposures helped stave off more drastic losses.
NORWAY - The Government Pension Fund Global returned -8.8% or -NOK284bn ($52bn) due to stumbling global stock markets, third quarter results show.
Institutional investors with more than $20trn (£12.7bn) in assets are urging global policy makers to create strategies that encourage private sector investment in climate change solutions.
CANADA/US - Teachers' Private Capital, a unit of the C$107.5bn ($106.4bn) Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, and the $37.3bn Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois have made equity investments to finance company NXT Capital.
US - Kimberly Clark, maker of Kleenex and Huggies, is increasing the pension contribution into its $3bn defined benefit plan by up to $260m because of its decreased funded status.
NETHERLANDS - Dutch telecom company Royal KPN said its pension funding decreased to 96% at the end of the third quarter in 2011, down 12 percentage points from the previous quarter.
IRELAND - Most small Irish pension funds will fund the controversial new pensions levy by reducing member benefits, an Aon Hewitt survey finds.
US - Institutional investment managers believe US equities are undervalued despite many expecting a further decline in US economic growth, a Northern trust survey finds
AUSTRALIA - The median balanced superannuation fund has fallen for the fifth consecutive month returning -1.8%, -4.9% for the September quarter and -3.8% for the past year, SuperRatings finds.
FRANCE - The Fonds de reserve pour les retraites' funding ratio fell to 132%, dropping 11 percentage points from June's value due to decreasing interest rates on 10-year bonds.
Institutional investors with over $20trn (£12.7bn) in assets are urging global policy makers to create policies that encourage private sector investment in climate change solutions.
GLOBAL -Institutional investors with over $20trn in assets are urging global policy makers to create policies that encourage private sector investment in climate change solutions.
NETHERLANDS - Dutch pension fund Stichting Pensioenfonds SABIC Innovative Plastics has appointed State Street Corporation to provide custody and other services for its €700m ($970m) in assets.
EUROPE - The majority of European institutional investors believe the euro will survive in its current form, but a recent survey finds the UK harbours the most sceptics.
FRANCE - Global sovereign wealth funds with over $9trn in assets are meeting to discuss ways to boost global economic growth, including the potential use of new financial instruments like "loyalty shares" or "capital access bonds".
US - The $6bn San Bernardino County Employees' Retirement Association (SBCERA) has selected Don Pierce as its new chief investment officer (CIO).
NETHERLANDS/US - Dutch pension fund APG and the US pension fund manager TIAA-CREF have joined forces to invest in five US shopping malls valued at $1.5bn.
CANADA - CPP Investment Board (CPPIB) and Oxford Properties, the real estate arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, have teamed up to build the Royal Bank of Canada's new Toronto headquarters.
APG Group; BNY Mellon; Dreyfus Corporation; Northern Trust; TRS; QIC; AXA Investment Managers; Acadian Asset Management; BlackRock; Aon Risk Solutions; SSgA; Mercer; RBC Dexia Investor Services; Schroders
US - Local unions have filed a lawsuit against New Jersey to overthrow a new law which requires employees to contribute more for their pension.
AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND - Northern Trust has appointed Rohan Singh as managing director of its Australia and New Zealand business.
NEW ZEALAND - The New Zealand Superannuation fund has returned 25.05% for its fiscal year ending June 2011.
CANADA/JAPAN - The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Global Logistic Properties (GLP) have formed a joint venture to invest in the country's logistics network.
AMERICAS- S&P Indices has launched its first in a series of indices designed to measure the performance of the Chilean, Columbian and Peruvian stock exchanges.
US - The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) has dismissed its lawsuit against Fitch Ratings but will maintain its action against fellow ratings agencies Moody's and Standard & Poor's.
GIC; Neuberger Berman; PIMCO Australia; Mirae Asset Global Investments Group; AustralianSuper; SL Investment Management; FRTIB; FINANCIAL; EFRP; Mercer; Deutsche Asset Management
US - The number of smaller US pension plans investing in alternatives is on the rise but overall portfolio allocations are falling, research from SEI shows.
NEW ZEALAND - The New Zealand superannuation fund is defending against Green Party claims saying it invests in companies manufacturing cluster bombs.
The European Federation for Retirement Provision has appointed Matti Leppälä to succeed Chris Verhaegen as secretary general.
EUROPE - The European Federation for Retirement Provision (EFRP) has appointed Matti Leppälä to succeed Chris Verhaegen as secretary general.
DENMARK - Danish pension provider ATP recorded a profit of DKK8.1bn ($1.6bn) in the first six months of 2011 driven by high returns in commodities and inflation-related assets.
US - Employer contribution rates for the New York State and Local Retirement System will rise to nearly 19% from next year, comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has announced.
EUROPE - EU rules on the establishment of cross border pensions must be simplified, Aon Hewitt believes.
US - The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) has announced plans to ease regulatory burdens faced by pension plan sponsors.
US - Institutional investors rebalancing their portfolios following recent market volatility have leaned towards investments in high-dividend equities, active emerging markets and selective commodities, officials at J.P. Morgan Asset Management find....
SWITZERLAND - UBS is slashing 3,500 jobs as part of its cost cutting scheme with almost half coming from its investment banking business but only 10% from its global asset management unit.
US - President Barack Obama has appointed Michael Kennedy as chairman of The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB).
AUSTRALIA - The median growth superannuation fund (61 to 80% growth assets) fell 1.5% in July on the back of weak share markets, research from Chant West shows.
ASIA - HSBC Securities Services (HSS) has launched a fund administration infrastructure and operating model in Asia to help pension funds and other clients increase transparency in light of volatile markets and regulatory scrutiny.
MEXICO - Mexican bank Grupo Financiero Banorte SAB has agreed to merge its pension fund with Afore XXI, the pension fund half owned by the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) and Prudential.