July 2017

  • This Week in Pensions: July 28, 2017

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

  • Public universities offer superior retirement for professors
    university professor retirement

    University professors are typically regarded as having one of the most desirable jobs in the country. Pay is usually high, benefits are good, and if they have tenure, then professors have excellent job security. Despite these benefits, professors still rely…

  • Public Pensions Are Under Attack in Iowa
    Iowa public pensions

    Iowa is fortunate to have a strong public pension system. The Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System (IPERS) provides pensions to teachers, firefighters, and other public employees throughout the Hawkeye State. In fact, one in ten Iowans is a member of…

  • This Week in Pensions: July 21, 2017

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

  • The Assault on the Retirement Security of Federal Employees Continues
    Assault on retirement security of federal employees

    As we’ve discussed before, President Trump proposed devastating cuts to the retirement benefits of federal employees in his 2018 budget request. This far-reaching and unnecessary attack would undermine the retirement security of current and future federal employees. While Trump sticks…

  • The “Pension Crisis” is a Myth, Part Two
    pension crisis is a myth

    Since the Great Recession in 2008, warnings of an impending pension crisis have been splashed across the business pages of newspapers across the country. Despite these boisterous decrees, America’s public pension funds are stable. We explore the roots behind the…

  • Michigan Weakens the Retirement Security of Its Public School Employees
    Retirement security

    Yesterday Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation– SB 401– that weakens the retirement security of the state’s public school employees. This newly-signed legislation continues a long running saga of attacks on the pension benefits of Michigan’s public employees. While SB…

  • The “Pension Crisis” is a Myth, Part One
    public pensions

    Since the Great Recession in 2008, warnings of an impending pension crisis have been splashed across the business pages of newspapers across the country. Despite these boisterous decrees, America’s public pension funds are stable. We explore the roots behind the…

  • Everyone Suffers When Pensions Are Cut

    When pension benefits are cut, public employees and retirees are hurt. In the past decade, every state has made changes to its public pension systems, some more significant than others. Teachers, firefighters, and other public employees have been asked to…

  • This Week in Pensions: July 7, 2017

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

  • Raising the Cap on 401(k)s Won’t Solve Retirement Crisis
    Retirement savings

    As we discussed last week, the evidence continues to grow that 401(k)s and other defined contribution plans do not provide a secure retirement for working families. Despite this mounting evidence, some have pushed for more contributions to 401(k)-style plans, as…