Historical Fluctuations Of Common Stocks And Pension Funds

by David Jenyns on October 10, 2008

Institutional Shareholders Mutual Fund, Incorporated, which invests in common stocks, is owned by New York State mutual savings banks.

Besides changes in the law, the long-term record of common stocks and the inflationary tendencies prevailing during the 1950s induced managers of college endowment funds and pension funds to invest in common stocks.

Corporate pension funds in all likelihood will continue to be the largest institutional purchasers of common stocks, both because of the growth of funds available and of the conviction that a sizable part of the funds should be invested in common stocks. As of Dec. 31, 1960, one-third of pension fund assets was invested in common and preferred stock; but based on market value, such holdings comprised almost 45 percent of the value of fund assets.

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