California communities see increases in pension costs

Feb 6, 2020
For every dollar the state's public agencies pay in wages this year, those employers will have to fork over 25 cents on average to CalPERS to cover retiree benefits.
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GE freezes pensions as the benefit becomes endangered in private sector

Oct 8, 2019
General Electric is freezing its pensions for 20,000 non-union workers and will offer pension buyouts for another 100,000 former employees. GE said the move will save $8 billion, part of a plan to shed some of the company’s considerable debt.…
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Is Colorado's public employee pension fund in peril?

Feb 5, 2016
The fund is short about $26 billion in what it owes to over 500,000 members.
As of 2015, Colorado's pension fund for public employees is not expected to reach solvency for another 30-36 years. 
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Pension advances draw scrutiny

Sep 29, 2015
Are plans that buy future pension payments for a lump sum basically pricey loans?

State pension checkup: Better, still not great

Mar 25, 2015
The economic recovery means smaller liabilities for public pension funds.

Chinese law requires adults to visit their aging parents

Jul 3, 2013
Critics say the new law is unnecessary. They suspect China's state pension fund is running low on money and the government is passing the buck.

Public pension funds rebound from recession

May 20, 2013
But for some the recovery still doesn't mean they are doing as well as they should.

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California teacher pension fund to sell gun investments

Jan 10, 2013
Can a divestment strategy have an impact on public policy?

Chasing the 8 percent return

Jul 6, 2012
Eight percent is considered the "magic" return rate, but in today's economy, trying to hit that number may be dangerous.

The 8% pension plan solution

Jul 4, 2012
Public pension funds are resorting to riskier investments in a bid to score returns high enough to give retirees their guaranteed payments.