2018

  • Happy Thanksgiving from NPPC
    retirement savings

    This Thanksgiving, we here at the National Public Pension Coalition are thankful for public employees. We are thankful for their lifetimes of service and all they do to keep our communities running smoothly. Public employees are there for us on…

  • NPPC’s How to Survive the Holidays
    Thankful for pensions

    This week kicks off the holiday season. Many people will be traveling all over the country to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends. With the election not that far in the rearview mirror, politics are likely to come up in…

  • This Week in Pensions: November 16, 2018

    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…

  • Corporate Giveaways Exceed Public Pension Costs
    public pensions

    In light of Amazon announcing its two new headquarters on the East Coast, along with the incredible tax incentives provided by Virginia and New York, we’d like to repost a blog from last year about corporate giveaways. In many states,…

  • The Shift to 401(k)s Has Decimated Retirement Savings
    retirement poverty

    Long time readers of Defined Benefit know that 401(k)-style defined contribution plans have largely failed working families. Defined contribution plans are a poor substitute for defined benefit pension plans and as the private sector has shifted from pensions to 401(k)s,…

  • This Week in Pensions: November 9, 2018

    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…

  • 2018 Election Recap
    Votes for Pensions

    Indiana Democrats had a rough night in Indiana, including losing a U.S. Senate seat. Republicans were able to keep their supermajorities in the State House and State Senate and in pension world, a ballot initiative which forces the legislature to…

  • 2018 Midterm Election Preview

    Tomorrow, November 6th, is Election Day! This election is one of the most significant in years. Not only are 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives up for election, but 35 U.S. Senate seats, and 35 U.S. governor’s mansions…

  • This Week in Pensions: November 2, 2018

    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…

  • Haunted House of Pension Horrors: 2018 Edition

    It’s that time of year again — when the temperature is cooling off and the leaves are falling — when we must once again enter that most frightening of places: the Haunted House of Pension Horrors. Full of frightening characters…

  • How the Stock Market Affects Your Retirement
    financial stress testing

    Recently, the headlines in the financial section of the newspaper have been dominated by stories about the stock market declining. Some have termed this a “correction” believing that the value of the stock market was inflated to begin with. Regardless…

  • National Retirement Security Week, Part Three
    retirement

    This week is National Retirement Security Week! Proclaimed by an official declaration from Congress in 2016, each year supporters of 401(k)-style defined contribution plans use this week to promote their products. We’ve decided to take back retirement security from the…