Pension Woes Mounting?
My "pension doom ahead" folder is bursting with clips lately. E.J. McMahon, writing in today's WSJ (paid subsc), argues that public pension ...
My "pension doom ahead" folder is bursting with clips lately.
E.J. McMahon, writing in today's WSJ (paid subsc), argues that public pension funds around the country are hiding as much as $1 trillion in future liabilities by using optimistic actuarial assumptions. McMahon believes that the 8 percent rate of return many public funds assume they'll make is too rosy. "If private-sector accounting standards were applied to these systems," he writes, "they would all look much worse."
Meanwhile, yesterday's NY Times noted that NYC's reportedly sound pension fund suddenly goes $49 billion in the hole if you tweak a few actuarial assumptions. (A previous story foretold pension problems around the U.S.).
The undercurrent in all these stories is that there are more cases of San Diego-itis out there. Are they right?
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
Is the Orange County Government Center Historic, or Just Ugly?5 hours ago
Scott Walker May Want to Be President, But He Has to Fix Wisconsin's Budget First5 hours ago
Prisoner Ask Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for Historic Pardon5 hours ago
Texas House Passes Controversial College Gun Bill6 hours ago
How States’ Job Growth Compares So Far This Year7 hours ago
A P3 Model for Building Green Infrastructure9 hours ago