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Have you had your pension frozen or cut?

Oct 7, 2019
Fewer people these days have pensions, and those who do live with the risk that their employer might run out of money.
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The millions in China who can't afford to retire

Jun 19, 2019
A new pension system doesn't provide as much security.
An elderly man picking trash along Shanghai's streets for $12 a day.
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Cities increasingly turn to fee increases to raise revenue

Mar 19, 2018
Cash-strapped American cities are increasingly asking their residents to pay higher amounts for mundane services as they struggle to pay for mounting pension obligations, cover costly infrastructure improvements and replace revenue depleted by the last recession. Bills are rising for everything from parking tickets and 911 calls to sewer service and trash pickup. Click the […]

Connecticut's budget gap will likely hurt social service recipients

Aug 7, 2017
Some lawmakers are eyeing the hedge fund industry as a potential piggy bank.
Barbara Deindorfer said she's concerned for her brother John's future without state services.
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America's coming retirement crisis

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Feb 6, 2017
Six in 10 Americans aren't on track with their savings.
Two recessions and almost a decade of sluggish economic growth have offered a reality check on how much Americans should be saving for retirement.
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States and cities don't invest in infrastructure

Aug 9, 2016
Low interest rates aren't enough when local governments must pay pension and Medicaid costs.
A view of the Brooklyn Bridge.
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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?

CalPERS' quest to pay lower money-management fees

Jun 8, 2015
U.S.'s largest public pension fund is expected to cut the number of firms in half.

New Proposed Rules for Retirement Investments

Apr 15, 2015
Federal regulators are proposing new rules to protect retirement savings. As part of Obama’s stated plan to bolster the middle class, the Labor Department proposed changes to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. The rules are designed to protect retirees from investment brokers who put their own financial interests above their clients and eliminate conflicts […]