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2024 Past Webinars & Webcasts

NCPERS Webinar: The Hidden Costs of Pension Reforms
On July 10, NCPERS hosted the webinar Hidden Costs of Pension Reforms: Rising Income Inequality, Lagging Economic Growth. Webinar panelists Dr. Michael Kahn (NCPERS) and Dr. Josh Bivens (Economic Policy Institute) presented compelling, data-driven research that explores how rising income inequality impacts pension reform, shifts 401(k)-style plans and impacts GDP growth. 
Watch the replay, and download the report here

NCPERS Webinar: Public Pension Workforce Update
On June 13, NCPERS hosted the Public Pensions Workforce Update: How DEI Policies Impact Recruitment & Retention. During the webinar, panelist Taylor Sprague, senior compensation consultant with CBIZ, was joined by Todd Sears, Founder and CEO of Out Leadership, and Michelle Tucker, human resources director at CalPERS, to share invaluable insights and practical strategies on supporting the LGBTQ+ workforce, key compensation trends, and DEI strategies for enhancing recruitment and retention. Watch the replay.

NCPERS 2024 Public Retirement Systems Study: Trends in Fiscal, Operational, and Business Practices

On February 13, NCPERS hosted a webinar to review the findings from its 2024 Public Retirement Systems Study. Nearly 160 public pension funds with more than 13.8 million members and combined assets exceeding $2.3 trillion participated in the study, now in it's 13th year. During the webinar, the lead researcher shared an overview of the study's methodology, provided a demonstration of the interactive dashboard, and answered questions about the key findings. Watch the replay

2023 Past Webinars & Webcasts

State and Federal Legislation Impacting Public Pensions

NCPERS hosted a webinar on December 5 to review the key state and federal issues for public pensions to watch in 2024. During the webinar, panelists Anthony Roda, partner at Williams and Jensen, and Kendal Killian, executive director of the National Public Pension Coalition (NPPC), provided an overview of legislation that could impact public pensions in the coming year, discussed notable developments in 2023, and previewed the upcoming Legislative Conference. Watch the replay

NCPERS 2023 Public Pension Compensation Survey: Mid- and Senior-Level Staffing Trends

On October 17, we hosted a webinar to share the key findings from the 2023 Public Pension Compensation Survey. The newly released survey focuses on 13 mid- and senior-level positions commonly found at public pensions. Panelists included Daniel Cummings, Executive Vice President of EFL Associates; Tyler Grossman, Executive Director of El Paso Firemen & Policemen's Pension Fund; William SaintAmour, CEO of Cobalt Community Research; and NCPERS Executive Director, Hank Kim. In addition to sharing insights into the survey data, they discussed broader hiring trends and creative strategies that smaller plans are implementing to attract and retain quality staff. Watch the replay

Insurance Products for Pension Funds: Protecting Participants, Staff, and Trustees

NCPERS has partnered with Gallagher for more than 50 years to provide its member pension funds with affordable insurance products designed to protect participants, staff, and trustees. During our Sept. 26 webinar, members of the Gallagher team provided an overview of the available products and shared insights into the cybersecurity landscape. Watch the replay

The Challenges of Managing Securities Litigation Exposures

On July 26, we hosted as webinar to share insights about a new pilot program, NCPERS Securities Fraud Recovery, designed to supplement our member pension funds' existing protocols for monitoring securities fraud recovery opportunities. Panelists included Barbara Hannah, chief counsel for SBCERA; Lydia Lee, of counsel to Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein; and Irwin Schwartz, president of DIVIDEX Management. The conversation was moderated by Hank Kim, executive director and counsel for NCPERS. Watch the replay


2023 Public Pension Investment Landscape: Key Findings from the BlackRock Peer Risk Study

During the June 13th webinar, BlackRock leaders shared trends across the public pension industry and walked through key findings from their annual Peer Risk Study, which covers over 120 public plans across size and funded ratio. Powered by Aladdin, it provides a holistic overview of the pension investment landscape, including asset allocation, expected returns, risk factor decomposition and stress scenario analysis. Watch the replay


Do Pension Expenditures Impact Education Spending?

In the recently released report, “Do Pension Expenditures Impact Education Spending?” NCPERS Director of Research, Dr. Michael Kahn, examined state-by-state historical data on pension contributions, education expenditures, revenues, and the economy. This analysis found that, looking at the 26-year period from 1993 to 2019, education funding grew at three times the annual rate of pension spending. This defies the crowding-out arguments made by some public pension researchers. During NCPERS May 4 webinar, Dr. Kahn shared insights into the key findings from this new study. Watch the replay.

2023 Proxy Voting Season: Key Proxy Votes for Pensions to Watch

NCPERS aims to provide educational information to funds and trustees on proxy voting. In addition to providing sample language on establishing proxy voting guidelines, NCPERS provides an annual list of key proxy votes to watch as well as the results of these votes. The key proxy vote list provides context for funds that hold shares in publicly-traded companies to help make informed decisions from a shareholder perspective instead of rubberstamping whatever the companies recommend on such fundamental and recurring issues as boards of directors, auditors, compensation and shareholder rights. The webinar recording was made available to NCPERS members.

ASOP 4: What Pensions Should Know About the Newly Required LDROM Disclosure

As part of the 2023 revisions to ASOP 4, the Actuarial Standards Board will require a new disclosure, LDROM, that will affect future actuarial valuations. During NCPERS April 13 webinar, panelists discussed what LDROM is (and what it isn't); shared tips for communicating the new requirements of ASOP 4; and provided insights into how to frame the correct use of the disclosure. Watch the replay.


2023 Public Retirement Systems Study: Trends in Fiscal, Operational, and Business Practices

During this February 7th webinar, William SaintAmour, Executive Director of Cobalt Community Research and lead researcher for NCPERS 2023 Public Retirement Systems Study reviewed the key findings from the study. This annual study looks at public pension funds’ current fiscal condition and the steps they’re taking to ensure fiscal and operational integrity. Watch the replay. 

2022 Past Webinars & Webcasts
2022 State & Federal Legislation         NCPERS 2021 Public Retirement            Creating A Retiree Medical Trust:
     January 18, 2022                                 Systems Study & its Dashboard               A Fresh Look at a Proven Solution
                                                                   February 15, 2022                                   May 10, 2022


The World to Africa                              How Public Pensions Can Transform           
     July 27, 2022                                  Participant Engagement Through Digital Access         
                                                                           September 20, 2022                                               

Public Pension Staffing: Trends in                2023 State and Federal Legislation
Benefits, and                           Impacting Public Pensions
Workforce Developments                                     December 8, 2022
October 19, 2022


2021 Past Webinars & Webcasts 

   US state legislation webcast             ncpers-2020-public-retirement-systems-study-cover-page          a-decade-after-the-deception-webinar
   2021 State & Federal Legislation           2020 Public Retirement              A Decade After The Deception:
   Webcast, January 12, 2021                   Systems Study,                           Are We Destined To Repeat
                                                                  February 16, 2021                      The 2008 Financial Crisis? March 23

             ncpers-webinar-preparing-for-the-pandemics-impact-on-your-pension-plan-year-2     people-walking-markets
    A Decisive Decade for Climate             Preparing for the Pandemic's            The Fallacies of Asset Allocation, 
   Change: Asset Management as a          
Impact on Your Pension Plan-           June 15, 2021
   Catalyst or Consequence? April 6          Year 2, May 4, 2021


    Demystifying Operational Due              A New Lens Into Portfolio 
    Diligence- Due for a Change?              
Construction, October 5, 2021
July 13, 2021

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