Investments (11 - 20 of 22 items)
Mutual Funds: SEC Should Modify Proposed Regulations to Address Some Pension Plan Concerns
GAO-04-799: Published: Jul 9, 2004. Publicly Released: Aug 9, 2004.
Mutual fund investments represent more than 20 percent of Americans' pension plan assets. Since late 2003, two abusive trading practices in mutual funds have come to light. Late trading allowed some investors to illegally place orders for funds after the close of trading. Market timing allowed some investors to take advantage of temporary disparities between the value of a fund and the value of it...
401(k) Pension Plans: Extent of Plans' Investments in Employer Securities and Real Property
HEHS-98-28: Published: Nov 28, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 29, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the extent to which 401(k) plan assets are invested in employer securities and real property; (2) the protection and any possible problems associated with the recent amendments to title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA); and (3) alternate mechanisms that might safeguard the retirement benefits of p...
Social Security Trust Funds
AIMD-96-30R: Published: Dec 12, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Secretary of the Treasury's actions during the 1995 debt ceiling crisis, focusing on whether the Department of the Treasury followed normal investment and redemption policies regarding the Social Security trust funds. GAO noted that Treasury records show that the Secretary followed normal investment and redemption policies for all transactions...
Pension Plans: Labor Should Not Ignore Some Small Plans That Report Violations
HRD-93-45: Published: Mar 26, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Labor's (DOL) corrective actions concerning prohibited pension plan asset use, focusing on: (1) whether DOL and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) adequately identified and acted on reported information about possible violations; and (2) those agencies' procedures and practices for resolving apparent violations.GAO...
Leveraged Buy-Out Funds: Investments by Selected Pension Plans
HRD-89-121: Published: Aug 1, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the role of private and public pension funds in leveraged buy-outs (LBO), focusing on the: (1) methods pension plans used to evaluate LBO-funded investments; (2) principal provisions of LBO-fund limited-partnership agreements; (3) rate of return pension plans obtained on LBO-fund investments; and (4) Department of Labor's oversight of pension plan...
Pension Plans and Leveraged Buy-Outs
T-HRD-89-20: Published: Apr 27, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1989.
GAO discussed its work on the role of pension plans in leveraged buy-outs (LBO), focusing on the: (1) incidence of pension plan terminations by companies taken over in LBO; (2) extent of pension plan investments in LBO; and (3) risks of investing pension plan assets in LBO. GAO found that: (1) 40 percent of the companies it reviewed terminated pension plans with a total of about $1.8 billion in as...
Pension Plan Participation in Leveraged Buyout Funds
T-HRD-89-5: Published: Feb 9, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 9, 1989.
GAO discussed the role of pension funds in leveraged buyouts (LBO). GAO reviewed 4 plan sponsors and found that: (1) they invested $474 million in assets in 44 LBO; (2) they made their decisions after evaluating the LBO firms' reputations, experience, and track records; (3) generally, LBO fund investments are risky because their assets are committed for 10 or 12 years and cannot be traded on the o...
Financial Markets: Issuers, Purchasers, and Purposes of High Yield, Non-Investment Grade Bonds
GGD-88-55FS: Published: Feb 29, 1988. Publicly Released: Feb 29, 1988.
In response to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on high-yield, non-investment-grade bonds, focusing on the: (1) issuers and purchasers of such bonds; (2) reasons for issuing such bonds; and (3) extent of risk, in comparison to other kinds of investments, such bonds represent to federally insured institutions.GAO found that: (1) the amount and value of the bonds increased signifi...
Redemption of Railroad Retirement Account Investments
HRD-86-53: Published: Dec 13, 1985. Publicly Released: Dec 23, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of the Treasury's unilateral sale of securities from the Railroad Retirement Account (RRA), specifically whether: (1) the sale of securities was legal without Railroad Retirement Board approval; and (2) the sale was in excess of what was required to make benefit payments.GAO noted that: (1) the Railroad Retirement Board is principall...
Treasury's Management of Social Security Trust Funds During the Debt Ceiling Crises
HRD-86-45: Published: Dec 5, 1985. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO gave its opinion on the legality and propriety of the Secretary of the Treasury's management of the social security trust funds during the October 1984, and September to November 1985, public debt ceiling crises.GAO found that: (1) although some of the Secretary's actions appeared to have been in violation of legislative requirements, the Secretary acted...