California is land to the $100k minimum wage state worker: 220,000 highly-compensated state employees cost the public $35 billion.
There is one thing to discuss the minimum wage for servers and many others that work in the low paid service industry but it is another thing to discuss “underpaid” state workers. That statement cannot be said for California’s state employees. In a country where the median household income is $52,000 California seems to be […]
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 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 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 […]
Pension disaster looms over the horizon: In 1980 60 percent of Americas participated in a pension program. Today it is less than 10 percent and the amount saved for retirement is startling.
Americans are on the verge of a retirement disaster. As pension plans slowly go extinct Americans are not saving enough for retirement. The figures point to a looming pension and retirement disaster. Retirement for most Americans is largely a mirage. As organizations switched from pensions to 401ks it was expected that most Americans would save […]
What does it mean to be retired in the United States? The age of disappearing pensions, dependence on Social Security, and stock market speculation.
A few days ago the stock market experienced a mini panic as someone hacked a reputable news source Twitter account and posted a sensational headline. The markets quickly reacted to this news. What was troubling is many algorithm-based trading systems are setup to scour internet information for these kinds of dramatic changes. Many of the […]