How to value hard assets in a pension fund

04/22/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Some pension funds are using tangible assets to help meet their obligations. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. reports taking control of such assets as water rights and a hog-slaughtering facility. Other examples include cheese and trees. The question is, how do pension funds value such assets correctly? Different state rules also complicate such questions.

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