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April 22, 2019 A pension time bomb is waiting to explode across America… and pensioners will be left penniless when the reckoning comes

Source: Lecanadian The Canadian

“The first thing you have to do is make up what you lost. And it takes years,” says Sandy Matheson, executive director of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. “And then you have to make up what you...

November 21, 2016 Public employee pensions: Where will the money come from' - This story first appeared on and is reprinted here with permission. The marble and granite halls of the state capitol may start to look like the proverbial rock and a hard place to legislators as...

May 9, 2016 Are State and Local Governments Really Underfunding Their Pensions? Yes, Really.

Source: Forbes

If state and local governments had to fund using corporate pension rules, their contributions wouldn’t be 4 percent of total government budgets but over 20 percent.

April 5, 2016 How Much Would It Cost For State And Local Governments to Actually Fully Fund Their Pensions?

Source: Forbes

Overall, state and local governments dedicated just 4.1% of their spending to pension contributions in 2013.

February 2, 2016 Retirement Plans Will Be ‘Next Evolution’ in ESG Investing

Source: Think Advisor

The next push in ESG investing will come from retirement advisors following the Department of Labor's new interpretive bulletin that replaced language warning fiduciaries away from such investments in 2008, according to Gregg...

July 26, 2015 Why pension reform is inevitable, and how reforms can benefit the economy

Watch Dog - If what Mr. Ailman really means is equity investments may not be turning in double-digit returns any more, that makes the recent performance of îCalSTRSî and CalPERS all the more troubling. Because...

June 11, 2015 EDITORIAL: Pensions costs a time bomb

The Press-Enterprise - The report reads, âGenerous increases in local pension benefits implemented throughout the state over the last 14 years, coupled with poor earnings by îCalPERSî, and increases in...

May 22, 2015 EDITORIAL: Roadblock to pension reform

The Press-Enterprise - With pension costs at all levels of government in California crowding out other spending, îCalPERSîâ behavior threatens the long-term stability of local government finances. In the...

May 7, 2015 Ohio hides its $11 billion pension debt

Source: Ohio Watchdog

Ohio owes $11 billion in unfunded retirement benefits, but because of the state’s outdated accounting methods reports a debt of just $156 million, according to tax experts who analyze government accounting.

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