Mayors Support Diverse Asset Managers Initiative

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U.S. Conference of Mayors voted in support of the Diverse Asset Managers Initiative, which advocates that public pensions be managed by diverse groups.

PENSIONS & INVESTMENTS

By James Comtois

The U.S. Conference of Mayors voted unanimously on Monday in favor of supporting the Diverse Asset Managers Initiative, which is focused on increasing the number of institutional assets managed by diverse-owned money managers, confirmed DAMI spokeswoman Nery Espinosa.

Stephen K. Benjamin, mayor of Columbia, S.C., who presided over the conference’s annual meeting, introduced the resolution. The resolution follows a similar one adopted by the African American Mayors Association last year.

“Cities across the U.S. hold incredible economic power and control important institutional assets, public pensions in particular,” said DAMI Director Robert Raben in a statement. “These assets should be managed by a group as diverse as the community they serve. Today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors sent a strong national signal that diversity is not only the right thing to do, but it is fiscally smart in order to achieve the best returns for their cities.

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