November 5, 2012: The Central States Pension Fund's mid-year financial report indicates that the fund's assets stand at $17.7 billion, just about exactly where they stood at the beginning of 2012.
The fund lost money on investment during the second quarter, after making a lot in the first quarter when the stock market zoomed upward. The fund has 68% of assets in stocks; half of the stock portfolio is managed by the Northern Trust Company, and half of the stock portfolio is in funds pegged to stock indexes.
The pension fund projects that it will take in about $648 million in employer contributions during 2012, and pay about $2.82 billion in benefits. Thus the fund needs to make about $2.2 billion on investments to break even. That is over 12% return on investment.
The Teamsters appointed a new Trustee to the Central States Board: Marvin Kropp replaced Fred Gegare as a union trustee. Kropp is the head of St. Louis Local 618 and Joint Council 13.
The Central States Health and Welfare Fund continues to run in the black and increase its reserves.
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Read TDU's report Could the Central States Pension Fund Go Insolvent? here.