The near extinct pension – US pensions aggressively invest in equities relative to other countries to make up for shortfalls.
The pension is nearly extinct. Overly optimistic returns left many pension plans practically insolvent and not ready to adapt to a low yield environment. The benefit of pensions however is that it forced people to save over time for retirement. What we have learned via the 401k is that when left to their own devices, […]
The largest pension fund in the country CalPERs continues to underperform: Weakest return since 2008-09 financial crisis.
The two largest public pensions in the U.S. are Calstrs and Calpers and collectively they oversea $484 billion for public workers in California. Pensions have a hard time surviving in a low return world. For example, these pensions seek out a 7.5% annual return which is simply unrealistic to do in a market that is […]
The death of the American pension: Shifting the retirement burden from employers to workers has created an enormous financial crisis.
The American pension offered once by many companies was a benefit once afforded to most workers. That is, until the press started chanting the Wall Street party line and all of a sudden 401ks and mutual funds were all the rage. Who wants a tiny pension when you can become a millionaire by simply saving […]
The oncoming disaster in public pensions: The $4 trillion retirement savings deficit and the bill of payouts for pensioners.
Americans have done a very poor job saving for retirement. In many cases, families simply have very little left over each month to save after monthly expenses chomp away at their net take home pay. Pensions used to be common. In 1975 you had 88 percent of private sector workers and 98 percent of state […]
The death of the American pension: How older Americans are entering their golden years with a lack of retirement savings.
Listen carefully to the sales pitch from Wall Street. In the late 1970s and the early 1980s there was a push to get Americans away from pension plans and into 401k style retirement plans. The notion was that Americans would save enough on their own and would have the financial wherewithal to play in the […]
The looming retirement train wreck: Pension issues, lack of retirement savings, and extending the date of retirement all part of the current economic future.
The concept of retirement is a fairly modern one. In fact, we can argue that only one generation actually got to enjoy a long and relatively healthy stay in retirement over a mass population. For most of history, life and work went hand and hand and people retired essentially when they keeled over. The only […]
Why millions of Americans will never retire: How the prospect of retirement went from a realistic goal to an outrageous dream for most American families.
Retirement was presented to many Americans as some kind of middle class rite of passage. It was odd to see so many fall under the spell of easy riches and generous retirement math presented to the public from the Wall Street financing machine. Many saw retirement as a distant object so far into the future […]