April 2016

  • This Week in Pensions: April 29th, 2016

    Welcome back to This Week in Pensions! We took a break last week, but we are back with the news you need to know about pensions and retirement security. As always, we’ve gathered the best stories from the previous week…

  • Why Do Pension Boards Matter?

    We’ve written before about where public pensions get their money: the employer and the employee both contribute to the pension fund, that money gets invested, and the investment returns provide the majority of money used to pay retirement benefits to…

  • Michigan Lobby Day 2016

    This week a group of dedicated retirees in Michigan descended on Lansing to stand up for the retirement of their younger counterparts by lobbying their legislators to protect pensions. We often cite Michigan as an example of a state that…

  • What is a Discount Rate and Why Does It Matter?

    Pensions often seem confusing because there are a number of technical details associated with them. While actuaries and economists may enjoy debating the finer points of these technical matters, most workers and retirees just want to know if their pension…

  • This Week in Pensions: April 15th, 2016

    Welcome to the latest edition of This Week in Pensions! As we do every week, we have gathered the best stories from the previous week about pensions and retirement security. This is the news you need to know about the…

  • How Many Tax Dollars Go to Public Pensions?
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    With Tax Day right around the corner, we thought this would be an appropriate time to answer the question: how many tax dollars go to public pensions? As we’ve written before, public pensions receive funds from three sources: employer contributions,…

  • Equal Pay Day and Retirement

    Today is Equal Pay Day. This represents how far into 2016 a woman would have to work to earn what a man got paid in 2015 alone. On average, American women earn 79 cents for every dollar a man makes.…

  • This Week in Pensions: April 8th, 2016

    Welcome to the latest edition of This Week in Pensions! This is your go-to resource for all the news you need to know about pensions and retirement security. As always, we’ve gathered the best stories from the previous week to…

  • State Pension Update 2016: Wyoming

    Wyoming concluded its brief 2016 legislative session last month. The 2016 session was brief because it was exclusively focused on passing a budget. The good news for working people in Wyoming is that the legislature maintained its commitment to fully…

  • Pensions: a Grand Slam for Retirement Security

    Yesterday was Opening Day for Major League Baseball. At this point in the season, teams are full of expectations. The Royals will look to defend their World Series title; the Cubs will look to end a 107 year old drought;…

  • This Week in Pensions: April 1st, 2016

    Welcome to the latest edition of This Week in Pensions! Today may be April Fool’s Day, but retirement security is no joke. We’ve gathered the best stories from the previous week about pensions and retirement security to keep you informed.…