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ATRS Keeps Faith in Pine Bluff’s Highland PelletsLock Icon

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System recently increased its stake in a Pine Bluff wood pellets manufacturer on the wrong side of an eight-figure arbitration award. read more >
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Public Pensions, Private Equity: ATRS and APERS Exceed Targets with Diverse InvestmentsLock Icon

Both systems, the state’s largest pension funds, exceeded their goals for returns after a dismal fiscal 2022, and both also have new leaders fresh out of state agencies. read more >
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$3.7B Gas to Liquid Plant Strides ForwardLock Icon

The revised projected capital investment would make it the largest single industrial endeavor in state history. Construction could start as early as 2025, with commercial operations following in 2029, if all goes well. read more >
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Arkansas Teacher Retirement System Invests $25M in Westrock

The transaction is expected to close in August, along with equity purchases totaling $75 million from two other investment groups. read more >
An Allianz office in Lugano, Switzerland
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Fund Manager Pleads Guilty to Fraud After Arkansas Teacher Pension Losses

Allianz Global Investors U.S. has agreed to pay more than $6 billion in penalties and restitution to investors. read more >
The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System Building at 1400 W. Third St. in Little Rock.
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Arkansas Teacher Retirement System Reaches $642M Settlement in Pension Loss Lawsuit

It accused the German finance company Allianz of negligence and breach of contract. read more >
The Victory Building at 1401 W. Capitol Ave. in Little Rock
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Full Occupancy Casts Victory Over DoubtLock Icon

At 20 years old, the Victory Building at 1401 W. Capitol Ave. in Little Rock has lived up to its name, at least in the view of its owner, the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System. read more >
Gail Murdoch, owner of Cardinal Investment Group of Conway, said the 2020 stock market drop rattled many individual investors.
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Retirement Advice Affirmed By 2020: Hold FastLock Icon

Many experts say the best way to invest for retirement is to put money in stocks and bonds and then hold tight. read more >
What is now the Bank of America Building was built in 1969 in downtown Little Rock.
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Bank of America Plaza Awaits Reimagination

The third-tallest building on Little Rock’s skyline remains an investment puzzle awaiting a solution before new ownership enters the picture. read more >

US Steel Buys Remaining Stake in Big River Steel Plant for $774M

United States Steel Corp. of Pittsburgh says it has purchased the remaining stake in Big River Steel LLC for $774 million cash. read more >

Big River Steel’s $716M Expansion Wraps Up Early

Big River Steel says it's completed a $716 million expansion, doubling the capacity of its scrap metal recycling and flat-rolled steel production facility in Osceola to 3.3 million tons annually. read more >
This 26,268-SF single-tenant office on 4.82 acres at 401 S. Airport Drive in West Memphis was one of the two DHS buildings that recently sold.
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Pair of County Human Services Offices Sold

The two office buildings that house the Arkansas Department of Human Services have been sold for an undisclosed amount to a private equity investor in Chicago. read more >
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Arrowhead Estates Sells for $6.1M (Real Deals)Lock Icon

The 242-unit apartment property in North Little Rock trades hands between two California companies for $6.15 million. read more >
The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System Building at 1400 W. Third St. in Little Rock.
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Teacher Retirement Fund Expects Investment Loss for FY 2020Lock Icon

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System expects to see a loss of 1% on its investments for its fiscal year that ended June 30, marking the first decrease since 2009. read more >
Clint Rhoden, executive director of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System
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Course Outline Important for ATRS Leader Clint Rhoden

Clint Rhoden, the executive director of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, emphasizes the importance of having a plan and following it. read more >
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Village at Valley Ranch Acquired for $10.5MLock Icon

This week, a varied menu is served up of real estate transactions that include a nursing home, apartments, car washes, warehouse, undeveloped land and a residence. read more >
The world’s largest natural gas-to-liquid-fuel facility is this $18 billion plant in Qatar, Pearl GTL, a partnership between Shell Global and Qatar Petroleum.
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Fervor Burns On for $3.5B Gas-to-Liquid PlantLock Icon

Roger Williams’ eight-year path to his dream — a $3.5 billion plant to make ultra-clean diesel near the banks of the Arkansas River — is intersecting with a quite literal road, perhaps the state’s sturdiest. read more >

Big River Steel Announces Partnership with Koch Metallics

Big River Steel of Osceola enters an agreement with Koch Metallics LLC under which Koch will act as the exclusive agent to Big River Steel for metallics procurement. read more >
Roger Williams, CEO of Energy Security Partners, says his company's plan to build a 
diesel plant such as the one shown above is moving ahead in Jefferson County.
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With Two Hoops Cleared, ESP Plant Closer to RealityLock Icon

Visions of a $3.5 billion plant to turn natural gas into liquid fuel have tantalized Jefferson County while doubters have touted the project as pie in the sky. With two of four crucial environmental permits in hand, that pie could be going into the oven soon. read more >
Roger Williams, CEO of Energy Security Partners, says his company's plan to build a 
diesel plant such as the one shown above is moving ahead in Jefferson County.
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Energy Security Partners Plant Still in WorksLock Icon

The GTL project, touted as the biggest economic endeavor ever in Arkansas, has naturally had its skeptics. read more >