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Wed Jun 6, 2018, 11:39 PM

PERS pulls plug on member investment choices, for now

The Oregon Treasury is calling off for now an effort to give public employees a choice in how a portion of their retirement savings is invested. The decision came after the agency determined that the legislation prompting the move could leave investment managers open to lawsuits if things don't go well.

Last year, the Oregon Investment Council adopted a new target date investment strategy for members' individual accounts, which are funded by member contributions and provide a separate, supplementary benefit on top of the defined benefit pension program.

The age-based approach automatically reinvests members' individual accounts, gradually adopting a more conservative mix of stock and bond index funds as they near retirement age. That's a fairly standard option in most 401(k) plans, and the Public Employee Retirement System and Treasury were able to implement that system at the beginning of this year.

In the meantime, however, employee groups and unions persuaded legislators to give members the ability to choose how their account balances were allocated among the 10 target-based funds, so they can customize their investments based on their own risk tolerance.

Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/06/pers_pulls_plug_on_member_inve.html

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