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October 26, 2004 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The chairman of the Los Angeles City Council's budget committee called Monday on pension board vice president Shelley Smith to resign, saying the move could save city taxpayers millions of dollars. Smith had been advised by the city attorney that either she or her husband would have to resign for her husband's investment firm to continue handling $318 million in city pension funds. The firm decided not to seek renewal of its city contract this month.
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December 30, 2005 | Tom Petruno
Most "passive" investment funds seek to track specific market indexes, like the Standard & Poor's 500. Dimensional Fund Advisors approaches passive investing differently. "We say we're passive but not index," said Rex Sinquefield, the firm's co-founder. "We don't worry about perfect tracking of an index." Instead, the firm's managers essentially create their own indexes, fashioning portfolios from hundreds or thousands of stocks in their market niches -- for example, small Japanese shares.
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BUSINESS
July 29, 2005 | Tom Petruno, Times Staff Writer
Rex Sinquefield, one of the fathers of so-called passive or index stock market investing, said Thursday that he would retire at year's end from Dimensional Fund Advisors Inc., his Santa Monica-based investment firm. Sinquefield, 60, said he wanted to spend more time on his 1,000-acre farm in Missouri and also planned to found an economic think tank. His wife, Jeanne Sinquefield, 58, who supervises Dimensional's trading, also plans to step down.
BUSINESS
December 30, 2005 | Tom Petruno, Times Staff Writer
Rex Sinquefield gave up plans to become a Catholic priest in favor of a career in finance. The church, he jokes, is better off. And so is the investment world, according to Sinquefield's many fans. The 61-year-old Sinquefield will end an era today as he steps down as co-chairman of Santa Monica-based Dimensional Fund Advisors, an $86-billion-asset money management firm.
BUSINESS
December 30, 2005 | Tom Petruno
Most "passive" investment funds seek to track specific market indexes, like the Standard & Poor's 500. Dimensional Fund Advisors approaches passive investing differently. "We say we're passive but not index," said Rex Sinquefield, the firm's co-founder. "We don't worry about perfect tracking of an index." Instead, the firm's managers essentially create their own indexes, fashioning portfolios from hundreds or thousands of stocks in their market niches -- for example, small Japanese shares.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2004 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
A decision to liquidate $318 million in investments by the Los Angeles city pension fund amid conflict-of-interest allegations could cost from $30,000 to $3 million, a consultant for the fund warned Tuesday. Based on the history of such large liquidations, Allan Emkin of Pension Consulting Alliance told the city's pension board that transaction costs of $3 million would be the worst-case scenario, with $30,000 to $60,000 being the best-case scenario.
BUSINESS
December 30, 2005 | Tom Petruno, Times Staff Writer
Rex Sinquefield gave up plans to become a Catholic priest in favor of a career in finance. The church, he jokes, is better off. And so is the investment world, according to Sinquefield's many fans. The 61-year-old Sinquefield will end an era today as he steps down as co-chairman of Santa Monica-based Dimensional Fund Advisors, an $86-billion-asset money management firm.
BUSINESS
October 10, 1990 | TOM PETRUNO
Wall Street's steep slide Tuesday is another signal that the worst probably lies ahead for stock prices, analysts warn. Since the beginning of October, the Dow Jones industrial index had hovered mostly around the 2,510 mark. Many analysts believed that the market had already assumed the worst would happen with the economy and the Mideast situation, and that stocks were in the process of bottoming--after a painful decline of 16% from the Dow's July peak of 2,999.75. But the Dow's 78.22-point, 3.
BUSINESS
September 17, 1990 | TOM PETRUNO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Investing with Rex Sinquefield and David Booth is a form of existentialism: A stock exists, therefore they own it. Their strategy also has been a form of masochism for seven years running, because the stocks that they buy are those of small companies--which have painfully lagged the broad market since 1984. Sinquefield and Booth's $5-billion investment firm, Santa Monica-based Dimensional Fund Advisors, is the nation's largest index investor in small stocks.
BUSINESS
August 13, 1987
Santa Monica-based Dimensional Fund Advisors Inc. named Jeanne Sinquefield executive vice president. She previously was vice president and portfolio manager. The firm also named Ramakrishnan Chandrasekar as vice president-portfolio manager and Michael Scardina vice president and controller.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2005 | Tom Petruno, Times Staff Writer
Rex Sinquefield, one of the fathers of so-called passive or index stock market investing, said Thursday that he would retire at year's end from Dimensional Fund Advisors Inc., his Santa Monica-based investment firm. Sinquefield, 60, said he wanted to spend more time on his 1,000-acre farm in Missouri and also planned to found an economic think tank. His wife, Jeanne Sinquefield, 58, who supervises Dimensional's trading, also plans to step down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2004 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
A decision to liquidate $318 million in investments by the Los Angeles city pension fund amid conflict-of-interest allegations could cost from $30,000 to $3 million, a consultant for the fund warned Tuesday. Based on the history of such large liquidations, Allan Emkin of Pension Consulting Alliance told the city's pension board that transaction costs of $3 million would be the worst-case scenario, with $30,000 to $60,000 being the best-case scenario.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2004 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The chairman of the Los Angeles City Council's budget committee called Monday on pension board vice president Shelley Smith to resign, saying the move could save city taxpayers millions of dollars. Smith had been advised by the city attorney that either she or her husband would have to resign for her husband's investment firm to continue handling $318 million in city pension funds. The firm decided not to seek renewal of its city contract this month.
BUSINESS
October 10, 1990 | TOM PETRUNO
Wall Street's steep slide Tuesday is another signal that the worst probably lies ahead for stock prices, analysts warn. Since the beginning of October, the Dow Jones industrial index had hovered mostly around the 2,510 mark. Many analysts believed that the market had already assumed the worst would happen with the economy and the Mideast situation, and that stocks were in the process of bottoming--after a painful decline of 16% from the Dow's July peak of 2,999.75. But the Dow's 78.22-point, 3.
BUSINESS
September 17, 1990 | TOM PETRUNO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Investing with Rex Sinquefield and David Booth is a form of existentialism: A stock exists, therefore they own it. Their strategy also has been a form of masochism for seven years running, because the stocks that they buy are those of small companies--which have painfully lagged the broad market since 1984. Sinquefield and Booth's $5-billion investment firm, Santa Monica-based Dimensional Fund Advisors, is the nation's largest index investor in small stocks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Engineers and Architects Assn., which represents almost 9,000 Los Angeles city workers, called Monday for an investigation by the city's Ethics Commission of a possible conflict of interest involving a member of the city pension board. Robert G.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2001
Suzanne Gilbert has been named vice chairman and chief financial officer of Initiative Media Worldwide, a Los Angeles media-buying company. Gilbert, who was executive vice president and chief financial officer at Lowe Group, will oversee Initiative Media's financial operations. She replaces Joseph Studley, who is moving to a new position with Interpublic Group, Initiative Media's parent company.
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