2006 News Releases

2006 News Releases

Overview
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CalSTRS Becomes First Major U.S. Public Fund to Back Enhanced Analytics Initiative

Sacramento, CA – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System has joined the Enhanced Analytics Initiative as an Associate Member, becoming the first major U.S. public fund to do so. EAI is an international collaboration of asset owners and asset managers aimed at encouraging investment research that considers the impact of extra-financial issues on long-term company performance.

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CalSTRS CIO Christopher J. Ailman Honored by New America Alliance
For Expanding the Diversity of Ideas and People Throughout CalSTRS’ Investment Portfolio

Sacramento, CA – During a ceremony at the Sixth Wall Street Summit in New York City, the New America Alliance awarded Christopher J. Ailman, CalSTRS’ chief investment officer, the NAA Distinguished Service Award for Advancing Latinos in American Business. Mr. Ailman was recognized for his innovative approach in uncovering untapped talent in the investment arena and encouraging other institutional investors to seek out and hire emerging managers.

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California’s Teachers’ Retirement Board Sets High Ethics Bar
Changes Restrict Campaign Contributions, Increase Investment Decision Transparency and Eliminate Conflicts of Interest

 Sacramento, CA  – At its meeting today, the Teachers’ Retirement Board approved sweeping changes to its Board Governance policy.The new rules restrict political contributions and gifts, require disclosure of placement agent fees and require disclosure of certain types of communications involving board members and/or CalSTRS staff.Upon taking office, board members must now sign a pledge confirming their independence and underst

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CalSTRS and CalPERS Applaud SEC Chairman Christopher Cox Proxy Access Rulemaking Process

Sacramento, CA – Jack Ehnes, Chief Executive Officer of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System and Fred Buenrostro, Chief Executive Officer of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System issued the following joint statement today about the announcement made by SEC Chairman Christopher Cox on proxy access:

“We commend Chairman Cox for his decision to go forward with a deliberative rulemaking process on the use of the proxy to nominate corporate directors. We are confident it will result in a thoughtful rule permitting reasonable, fair shareowner access.

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CalSTRS Seeks Transition Managers

Sacramento, CA – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System today launched a search for one or more investment management firms with experience in transition management to act as fiduciaries in transactions that may include portfolio liquidation, asset allocation changes and portfolio rebalancing. The final filing date for proposals is November 14 with selections expected in the spring of 2007. 

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CalSTRS Board Votes on Comprehensive Funding Strategy
Creates Framework for Long-term Full Funding

Sacramento, CA – At its meeting today, California’s Teachers’ Retirement Board took a major step in closing the California State Teachers’ Retirement System’s long-term funding gap of $20 billion. The board approved guiding principles CalSTRS staff will use to draft legislation. Any change to the system must be signed into law by the Legislature and Governor.

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CalSTRS Adopts New Asset Allocation Targets

Sacramento, CA – The Teachers’ Retirement Board voted today to make significant changes to the $144 billion portfolio, moving to a higher risk, higher return asset mix. The decision comes at the conclusion of a six-month asset and liability allocation study that weighed both the costs to administer the system and the funded status of the system over a 30-year horizon.

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CalSTRS Posts 13.2 Percent Investment Returns for the Fiscal Year

 Sacramento, CA  – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System posted a 13.2 percent return on investments, adding $13.5 billion to the fund ending the year with $142.7 billion in assets as of June 30, 2006. Real estate, alternative investments and international stocks were the engines of growth that led to the fourth straight year of positive returns for the system.

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CalSTRS Takes a Position on Sudan Divestment Legislation

 Sacramento, CA  – The Teachers’ Retirement Board voted to support legislation, if amended, which addresses concerns about investing in companies doing business in Sudan. The board supports the bill, Assembly Bill 2941 (Koretz D-West Hollywood), if it will indemnify CalSTRS officials and managers for divestment decisions made while applying CalSTRS’ new geopolitical risk investment policy in the Sudan.

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CalSTRS Co-sponsors Second Round of Five-Year Long Diversity Survey with Leading Edge Investment Advisors and Anira Advisory Group

 Sacramento, CA  – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System invites investment management professionals to participate in the second round survey in its comprehensive, five-year long study concerning attitudes to diversity in the management of investments.The anonymous survey consists of 38 brief multiple choice questionsa

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CalSTRS Seeks Investment Firms Specializing in Corporate Governance

 Sacramento, CA  – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System today launched a search for one or more investment management firms with experience in corporate governance and a successful track record in relational investing to complement and add to its current relational portfolio.The final filing date for proposals is July 21 with selections expected in the fall of 2006.

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CalSTRS Will Form Health Care Task Force

 Sacramento, CA  – The California State Teachers’ Retirement Board voted at their meeting today to form a task force with school health care stakeholders to address the health care issues facing employers and their employees, including retired employees.Employers have been experiencing increasing health care costs which have resulted in higher premiums paid by both the employers and employees, higher co-pays and reduced coverag

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CalSTRS Seeks Firms Specializing in Investment Executive Search

 Sacramento, CA  – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System today launched a search for up to five Executive Search firms specializing in recruiting high quality investment management professionals. The final filing date for proposals is May 31 with selections expected in the fall of 2006.

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California State Teachers’ Board Supports Corporate Governance Legislation
Bills Ensure Shareholder Democracy and Performance-based Executive Compensation

Sacramento, CA – The Teachers’ Retirement Board will sponsor State Senate Bill 1207 (Alarcon) and officially support the provisions in Congressional Bill H.R. 4291 (Frank). Senate Bill 1207 bolsters corporate governance at the board level by strengthening shareholders voting rights in publicly-traded corporations based in California. H.R.4291 would require company disclosure of executive compensation plans in its annual reports and proxy statements.This bill would require a separate vote for general equity compensation plans and so-called Change-in-control severance agreements.

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CalSTRS Board Reaffirms Opposition to Bill to Close Current Pension Program
Proposed legislation deemed detrimental to members and fund solvency

Sacramento, CA – The Teachers’ Retirement Board reaffirmed its opposition to Assembly Constitutional Amendment 23, authored by Assembly member Keith Richman (R-Northridge), after reviewing independent analyses at its meeting today. The proposed legislation would close the current CalSTRS defined benefit plan to public school educators hired after July 1, 2007. Newly hired employees would have a new defined benefit plan and an additional 401(k)-style account for their and their employers’ voluntary contributions.

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CalSTRS Seeks Core Plus and High Yield Bond Managers
Request for proposal deadline April 12

Sacramento, CA – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System today issued a request for proposal to establish a pool of managers for both the High Yield bond and Core Plus mandates. This request for proposal introduces a new mandate for Core Plus managers that will actively manage approximately $4.5 to $6 billion. The High Yield bond manager allocation will remain at its current level of between $1.5 billion and $2.5 billion. The final filing date for proposals is April 12 with selections expected in early summer. 

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CalSTRS Posts 10.2 Percent Year-End Returns

 Sacramento, CA  – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, second largest public pension fund in the nation, posted a 10.2 percent return for 2005, achieving $137.1 billion in assets on December 31, 2005, an $11 billion increase over 2004.