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Economic Loss: The Hidden Cost of Prevailing Pension Reforms - NCPERS
Public pensions are under constant attack by those who would like to dismantle them and replace them with do-it-yourself, 401(k)– style defined-contribution (DC) plans. Opponents, having little or no understanding of how public pensions are funded, promote misleading information about rate-of-return assumptions and huge unfunded liabilities to convince policymakers to dismantle public pensions. Some states are taking actions that are chipping away at public pensions without realizing the economic damage their actions will inflict on their states and our country’s economic future. . . . more
Pensionomics 2016: Measuring the Economic Impact of DB Pension Expenditures
A new national economic impact study finds that DB pension benefits have a significant economic impact: 7.1 million American jobs and $1.2 trillion in economic output. . . . more
Economic Volatility: Hidden Societal Cost of Prevailing Approaches to Pension Reforms (NCPERS)
Pension funds are also great stabilizers of local economies. Pensioners keep receiving their pension check in good as well as bad economic times. While incomes from jobs and investments decline during bad economic times, pension checks provide an economic cushion and keep local economies afloat. Unfortunately, we have been steadily dismantling pensions and hence undermining this economic cushion, increasing economic volatility as a result. . . . more
EPI: The State of American Retirement: How 401(k)s have failed most American workers
Today, many Americans rely on savings in 401(k)-type accounts to supplement Social Security in retirement. This is a pronounced shift from a few decades ago, when many retirees could count on predictable, constant streams of income from traditional pensions (see “Types of retirement plans,” below). This chartbook assesses the impact of the shift from pensions to individual savings by examining disparities in retirement preparedness and outcomes by income, race, ethnicity, education, gender, and marital status. . . . more
NIRS: State Financial Security Scorecards
NIRS' new State Financial Security Scorecards summarize the economic outlook for retirement security in every state. The two-page downloadable State Scorecards are designed to serve as a tool for policymakers to help identify potential areas of focus for state-based policy interventions to improve Americans’ retirement prospects. . . . more
National Institute on Retirement Security Says Manhattan Institute Research on Pensions Irrelevant, Highly Flawed
A new study released last week is so fundamentally flawed that it is irrelevant to the retirement security debate according to the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS). . . . more
Manhattan Institute Report: Defined-Contribution Pensions Are Cost-Effective
The relative merits of DC plans and DB plans have long been debated. Many public-sector employers have recently considered placing new employees in a DC plan; but only two states, Michigan and Alaska, as well as a handful of cities, currently use a DC plan as the primary retirement savings vehicle for new employees. When state and local governments have considered adopting a DC plan for new employees, they have encountered significant opposition from organized labor, managers of current public-retirement systems, and the cottage industry of consultants that supports public DB plans. . . . more
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