GLOBAL - Have you missed the biggest stories in pensions this week? Find out below, as we list the top 10 most popular stories on www.globalpensions.com over the past seven days.
Video: Nortel paved path for buyouts across Canada
UK/ CANADA - Last week's passage of the Ontario budget gave approval for the Nortel pension plan to put through what could be North America's first pension buyout. Ronald Olsen, vice president at Sibson Consulting, who assisted the plan with its proposal, said receiving legislative approval has opened the door for a wave of buyouts across the country.
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FoHFs target smaller investors as institutions go direct
GLOBAL - Funds-of-hedge-funds managers are beginning to target smaller investors as larger institutions increasingly invest directly, research by Standard & Poor's suggests.
AP2, TIAA-CREF partner in agriculture venture
SWEDEN/US - Swedish pension buffer fund AP2 and US pension fund manager TIAA-CREF have formed a joint venture targeting agricultural real estate.
HSBC GAM launches first CIVETS fund
GLOBAL - HSBC Global Asset Management has launched the first CIVETS fund available to institutional investors.
BlackRock snags Merrill trio for new private equity business
US - BlackRock has lured the trio who launched Merrill Lynch's private equity business to help kick-start direct private equity offerings within BlackRock.
CalPERS responds to misconduct report
US - The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) said it is cooperating with the Fair Political Practices Commission following an investigation into gifts received by staff at the fund.
J.P. Morgan appoints Sweeting to head up European advisory group
EUROPE - J.P. Morgan Asset Management has appointed Professor Paul Sweeting as European head of the Strategic Investment Advisory Group (SIAG).
Russell and Axioma launch factor-based indexes
GLOBAL - Russell Investments and Axioma have launched a suite of long-only factor-based indexes for US small and large cap equities. The ten indexes aim to provide institutional investors with vehicles to manage exposure to five risk factors within portfolios.
Colonial First State awards A$300m alternatives mandates
AUSTRALIA - Colonial First State has awarded three mandates in alternative investments totalling A$300m for its FirstChoice Growth superannuation product.
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is focusing on reducing the number of "poorly-run" schemes as it seeks to improve standards across the board.
Prudential Retirement has completed around $2.6bn (£2bn) of reinsurance contracts for UK pension scheme longevity risk since the start of the year, it has disclosed.
Funding standards for DB schemes have increased exponentially over the past decades. Con Keating says such significant overstatement of liabilities will lead to pushback through the courts.
PP has compiled a list of what to watch out for over the coming months.