Index Investing Beats Teachers' Pension?
Scott Burns wrote a comment for Dallas News, Couch Potato investing beats the teachers' pension fund — again : The Teacher Retirement System of Texas pension fund is $46.2 billion in the hole, only 76.9% funded. Had the managers chosen the simplicity of Couch Potato investing 10 years ago, the pension would be fully funded. That's quite a difference. I learned this while examining the latest report from the largest public pension fund in our state. Then I measured it against the simple, low-cost index fund investing method I have advocated for nearly 30 years . The report puts a good face on the results for the year ending Aug. 31, 2018. It notes that the 8.2% return for the 2018 reporting period is higher than its target return of 7.6%. But here's the reality. Another year of complexity, alternative investments and hedge fund commitments has tripled the annualized return gap between the pension fund and Vanguard Balanced Index fund (Admiral shares)