GLOBAL - The increasing visibility of retirement and benefit programmes at senior level within multinational companies has started a trend towards global oversight, said Mercer.
NETHERLANDS - Members of the Dutch union FNV Bondgenoten have voted against government pension proposals which they claim would shift risk from the employer entirely to the employee, claiming they would lead to a "casino retirement".
US - Fitch Ratings has rated the credit enhancement programmes (CEP) offered by California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) "AAA" and "AA+", respectively.
State Street Global Advisors; Texas TRS; Deloitte; F&C Investments; RCM; The National Association of Pension Funds
NORWAY - The Government Pension Fund Global was up 0.3% in the second quarter after rising bond prices helped to offset drops in the global equities markets.
US - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged a brokerage firm and its former executive with defrauding the pension funds of five Wisconsin school districts.
AUSTRALIA - Mercer has urged superannuation fund members not to panic in the face of market volatility.
US - Master trusts returned 20.12% from July 2010 to June 2011, their best one-year performance since 1986, research by Wilshire shows.
US - The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) Board member Priya Sara Mathur has been elected on to the advisory council of the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).
UK - pension funds are failing to protect themselves adequately against the effects of a European debt and economic crisis, Cardano believes.
US - The aggregate deficit of S&P 1500 pension plans increased by $74bn in July, new figures from Mercer show.
Mercer has recruited Paul O'Connor as head of asset allocation for its investment management business in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
UK - Mercer has recruited Paul O'Connor as head of asset allocation for its investment management business in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Jaishree Kalia reports that interest in hedging the longevity risk of active members could soar internationally following the news of the world's first such hedge being used in the UK
NETHERLANDS/UK - Philips Pensioenfonds has appointed Aviva Investors to manage its global multi-manager unlisted real estate portfolio in Europe, the US and Asia Pacific.
US - The California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) and other investors have been awarded a multi-million dollar securities fraud judgment against the former chief executive officer of Homestore.com.
Syntrus Achmea; Texas Municipal Retirement System; SRL Global; BNP Paribas Investment Partners; ING Investment Management; Mercer; TAN-EU Capital; Pictet Asset Management
JAPAN - The Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) returned 0.62% in the third quarter of the fiscal year, down from 1.62% the previous quarter.
US - California and local governments should freeze pension payments for current workers and convert final salary schemes to a hybrid design, a new report concludes.
IRELAND/US - Northern Trust is to acquire the administration services of the Bank of Ireland Group, Bank of Ireland Securities Services (BOISS) for €60m ($82.8m).
US - The Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for a general investment and specialist consultants.
US - The lack of clear information on investment strategies used by target date funds could put retirees at risk, research warns.
HONG KONG - Government plans to provide an extra HK$24bn ($3.1bn) for Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) members may miss an important opportunity to stimulate retirement savings, Mercer believes.
NETHERLANDS - André van den Heuvel, managing director for BlackRock's Benelux operations, is to join the Board of ING Investment Management (ING IM).
US - A third party administrator has pleaded guilty to defrauding $1m from 12 pension plans after being investigated by the Department of Labor.
GLOBAL - Investor confidence dropped to 91.6 in February, falling 9.2 points from January's revised reading of 100.8, State Street research shows.
NETHERLANDS - The Dutch pension fund Stichting Pensioenfonds Werk en (re) Integratie (PWrI) has terminated its pensions management mandate with Syntrus Achmea and awarded it to APG with effect from 1 January 2012.
Former National Association of Pension Funds chairman Robin Ellison has joined the executive advisory board of investment data firm SRL Global.
UK - Former National Association of Pension Funds chairman Robin Ellison has joined the executive advisory board of investment data firm SRL Global.
US - The New York State Common Retirement Fund returned 6% in the third quarter of the fiscal year on the back of strong equity performance.
NETHERLANDS - Anton van Nunen, the man credited as being the father of fiduciary management, has been appointed as director of strategic pension management at the Dutch insurance group Syntrus Achmea.
AUSTRALIA - The superannuation fund City Super has awarded a A$1.5bn ($1.5bn) custodian and administration mandate to JP Morgan Treasury and Securities Services (TSS).
AUSTRALIA - The median growth superannuation fund gained 1% in January 2011, research by Chant West shows.
GLOBAL - Global pension assets rose about 8% to $31.1trn in 2010, research shows.
MALAYSIA - The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has reported its highest ever dividend payout of RM21.61bn ($7.1bn) for 2010.
PennSERS; Henderson Global Investors; APG Asset Management; KPGM; State Street; PensionsFirst
NETHERLANDS - Four Dutch pension schemes will be cutting their payments next year if they continue failing to meet their recovery plans, said the Pension Federation.
SWEDEN - The Third Swedish National Pension Fund (AP3) recorded a net profit of SEK18.3bn ($2.9bn) in 2010, returning 9% for the year.
IRELAND - Registered Administrators (RAs) must improve their record keeping if they are to avoid on-the-spot fines, the Pensions Board has warned.
SWEDEN - Första AP-fonden (AP1) posted a net income of SEK20.5bn ($3.2bn) after expenses in 2010, returning 10.2% for the year.
NETHERLANDS - The Philips pension fund returned -3.5% during the fourth quarter of 2010 due to rising interest rates.
AUSTRALIA - Super funds are fighting to keep their members after retirement by developing post-retirement solutions, said Mercer.
SWEDEN - The Second AP fund returned 11.2% in 2010, a net result of SEK22.3bn ($3.4bn).
GLOBAL - European asset managers are expecting further slow downs in fixed income inflows, but are becoming more optimistic about Asian and European equities, reports show.
OPERS; GESB; TRS; LCP; Friends Provident; Northern Trust; Mercer; PBGC
NETHERLANDS - The Stichting Pensioenfonds Vereenigde Glasfabrieken (SPVG) has been told to reduce its holdings in gold after the Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) ruled its exposure to the metal was too risky.
AUSTRALIA - Government Employees Superannuation Board (GESB) chairman Phil Harvey is to step down next month after eight years at the fund.
AUSTRALIA - Australia's largest pension fund AustralianSuper has planned to merge with Westscheme to form a A$40bn ($40.2bn) fund with 1.7 million members.