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.
Russell restructures EMEA; Towers Watson lures AonHewitt's Machon; SEC; Robeco; AustralianSuper; Standard Life Investments; Allianz Netherlands Asset Management; IMF
Towers Watson consolidates research teams
UK - Towers Watson has combined its three investment research teams into one group in a bid to uncover new investment opportunities.
CalSTRS puts managers under the microscope, hunts for new providers
US - The California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) plans to bring more assets in house, scrutinise global equity managers and issue or complete at least seven requests for proposals across its portfolio this year.
Germany warms to hedge funds
GERMANY - Germany, once widely regarded as the European nation most inimical to hedge funds, is now warming to the sector with allocators across the spectrum considering or actually making investments.
Mercer overhauls EMEA structure with key hire
UK - Mercer has become the latest consultant to revamp its Europe, Middle East and Africa offering with the appointment of Martine Ferland from rival firm Towers Watson.
Cardano raids rival consultants for talent
UK - Cardano has made four additions to its client team, hiring staff from rival consultancy firms P-Solve, Towers Watson, Mercer and Aon Hewitt, to meet increased client demand.
CB Richard Ellis completes ING Clarion buy
US/NETHERLANDS - Real estate investor CB Richard Ellis has acquired ING Clarion Real Estate Securities (CRES) in the first of a two-part, $940m deal that sees ING selling the bulk of its real estate investment management business.
Mercer completes Evaluation Associates acquisition
US - Mercer has completed its acquisition of US investment consultancy Evaluation Associates from Milliman.
Principal buys 74% stake in UK asset manager
US/UK - Principal Global Investors has acquired a 74% stake in London-based Origin Asset Management for $66m (£40.7m).
NYC funds return 20% in FY 2011
US - New York City's pension funds have recorded investment returns of more than 20% in the year to June 30, their highest posting for 13 years.
Standard Life has increased exposure to risk assets in three out of five funds in its Active Plus and Passive Plus workplace pension ranges.
Some 48% of employers are unaware of the services or help they offer to members of their defined contribution (DC) schemes, according to Aon.
Welplan Pensions has triggered its exit from the master trust market, with just a few days to go until The Pensions Regulator's (TPR) application deadline.