Institutional Investors Performance

US pension asset mixes challenged by funding gaps, consultants find

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While last year saw some solid investment returns among US pension funds, the results of Greenwich Associates’ US Investment Management Study reveal funding for corporate pension funds improved only modestly last year while solvency of public pensions deteriorated.

US institutional investment portfolios generated average blended returns of 16% in 2010. Corporate pension funds on average saw returns of 18%, while public pensions were up 14% on average and endowments and foundations were up 14%. By comparison, in 2009 averaged -20% among corporate funds, -17% among public funds, and -19% among endowments and foundations.

“Funds that have consistently rebalanced