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California Dreamin’ is Meetin’ with Reality

CalPERS Earned 1.1% on Investments in 2011, Plan Assumptions are 7.75%: The nation’s largest public pension fund, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, posted a 1.1% return on its investment portfolio in 2011, Chief Investment Officer Joseph Dear told his … Continue reading

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Labor Bureau: Govt. Workers Paid 40% More Than Private Workers

Wall Street Journal – Government Workers Cost More to Employ: It costs about $12 more per hour to employ a state or local government worker versus a private sector employee, the Labor Department said Wednesday. Employers spent $39.81 per hour … Continue reading

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NY Times on Public Pensions

Padded Pensions Add to New York Fiscal Woes: In Yonkers, more than 100 retired police officers and firefighters are collecting pensions greater than their pay when they were working. One of the youngest, Hugo Tassone, retired at 44 with a … Continue reading

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PEW Study: States Have $1 Trillion Pension/Benefits Gap

Mish – PEW Study Shows Trillion Dollar State Pension Gap; Can Anything Be Done? A $1 trillion gap. That is what exists between the $3.35 trillion in pension, health care and other retirement benefits states have promised their current and … Continue reading

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New Jersey’s $2.2 billion state of fiscal emergency

Chris Christie declares fiscal ‘state of emergency,’ paving way for N.J. spending cuts. Along with eliminating programs “that sounded good in theory but failed in practice” across state departments, Christie is cutting $475 million in aid to school districts, $62 … Continue reading

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Cali. pension fund admits board member took $50 mil. in fees to make bad investments

Wall Street Journal – Calpers Rocked by ‘Pay to Play’: America’s largest public-pension fund, Calpers, revealed that a former board member had reaped more than $50 million in fees for arranging investments that could saddle state taxpayers with hundreds of … Continue reading

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Kansas U: Kansas public pension fund is “bankrupt under current operating assumptions”

KU School of Business – THE FUNDING CRISIS IN THE KANSAS PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM (PDF link):

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Low interest rates are bad for pension funds

iTulip.com – Corporate Pension Fund shortfalls weigh on recovery: Corporate pension funding shortfalls are a major operating cash flow problem for the corporations that experience shortfalls because by law corporations must finance pension funds to 100% over time. Pension fund … Continue reading

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CalPERS actuary says pension costs “unsustainable”

Mish – CalPERS Admits California “Pension Costs Unsustainable” – So What To Do About It? The CalPERS chief actuary says pension costs are “unsustainable,” and the giant public employee pension system plans to meet with stakeholders to discuss the issue. … Continue reading

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California’s farce continues towards its final act

Courthouse News – California won’t accept its own IOUs for payment: SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Small businesses that received $682 million in IOUs from the state say California expects them to pay taxes on the worthless scraps of paper, but … Continue reading

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CALPERS plans riskier bets to recoup losses on previous risky bets

New York Times – California Pension Fund Hopes Riskier Bets Will Restore Its Health: Mr. Dear wants to embrace some potentially high-risk investments in hopes of higher returns. He aims to pour billions more into beaten-down private equity and hedge … Continue reading

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California pension funds lose $100 billion in a year

LA Times – California’s biggest government pension funds lose almost $100 billion: CalPERS’ preliminary losses were $56.2 billion in the fiscal year that ended last month, while the California State Teachers’ Retirement System lost $43.4 billion. On Tuesday, the country’s … Continue reading

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Californians are getting the best government IOUs can buy

It was 29 days ago that the California comptroller predicted the state would be out of money in 50 days. Unless California’s rich uncle dies (and his estate goes through an exceptionally fast probate) California will be broke in three … Continue reading

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More underfunded public pensions

Baltimore Sun – Baltimore pension dispute illuminates public/private divide: Severe market downturns lay bare any number of Ponzi schemes, and under-funded defined benefits pensions, public and private, can be justly described as such schemes. The problem with private plans is … Continue reading

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Indiana state pensions sue to stop Obama’s Chrysler deal

Obama’s plan for Chrysler demoted senior debt holders (whom he maligned as “speculators”) to benefit UAW union members. As a consequence of that decision Obama’s plan shortchanged police and teachers unions who had Chrysler investments in their pension funds. Now … Continue reading

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