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Jeremy Gold

On Friday someone sent me a link to a Wall Street Journal article titled “Jeremy Gold Shook Up Pension World With Warnings About Risks” and I assumed that Mr. Gold was making news again and I wanted to see what he was up to. Not being a WSJ subscriber, I could not get the full article online. I had heard that you can put the article title into google and sometimes it comes up with the full story but that did not work this time. So I went to the library yesterday to scour past papers. I looked through the headline and finance news and found nothing going back to Wednesday’s edition. Today I tried again online and the full article came up. I had been looking in the wrong places. In the obituaries….

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Bailout Committee To Hear Employers

The Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans (Bailout Committee) today announced they will convene a hearing next Wednesday (June 13) “to hear firsthand from several employers about the challenges they face, as well as insight into how the multiemployer pension system can be improved.”

The witnesses:

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Pension-Financing the Deficit

Good evening gentle reader.

Apologies for my being MIA for so long.

Mr. Bury and his site are an excellent source of information on the pension status for NJ and also for the nation.

My practice is taking me a different direction and I would like Americans concerned about their future financial security to be aware.  Just this week, I have spoken with retirement academics, unions, The US Chamber of Commerce, and National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans, among others.   By now you know I support a combination of recapitalization and reforms for the pension industry.  I support the concept of the Butch Lewis Act.  But I propose financing with the Federal Reserve rather than Treasury.

I have a goal and a calendar. I want to go to test funding by the end of June. Another difference I am proposing with Butch Lewis is, while the act targets Multiemployer pensions, I want to include state pension plans.  I have so far spoken with two states on this subject.

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EA18 (4) Risk in NYC

This year’s Enrolled Actuaries meeting is a bit faster paced as breakout sessions have gone from 90 minutes to a bite-sized 75 minutes and there are now 10 of them instead of 8. In that spirit these blogs will be shorter and more frequent.

We kick with my notes (my comments in brackets) on what Sherry S. Chan, New York City Chief Actuary, said at the first general session ‘Talking Risk’.

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PBGC Primer

In FY2017, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) insured about 24,000 DB pension plans covering approximately 40 million people. PBGC became the trustee of 82 newly terminated single-employer pension plans and began providing financial assistance to an additional 7 multiemployer pension plans. PBGC paid benefits to nearly 840,000 participants in 4,845 single-employer pension plans and more than 63,000 participants in 72 multiemployer plans.

All this according to PBGC: A Primer. More excerpts:

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Pension-…And Da Big One

Good morning gentle reader.

I would like to take a step back for a moment and ask a few questions.  Based on comments, I feel there are some misguided persons.

  • Do you believe there is a pension crisis?

If not, why are you here?  If so, the next question is;

  • What is the estimated size of the crisis?

In a December paper, the Heritage Foundation Pension Paper mentions the pension crisis, all in both public and private, at more than $7 trillion dollars, a magnitude larger than the banking crisis.  Is this a figure you accept?  If not, what would you place the value of the crisis at?  Please let me know.

  • If you believe the pension crisis exists and is very large, should we do something or nothing?

If you believe the size of the crisis is close to what the Heritage Foundation cites, then we cannot afford to sit idle and do nothing.  To take trillions of dollars out of consumers when we are a consumer economy would permanently break the American economy.  I see visions of Argentina in my mind.

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What is faith?  Is it religion, faith in God?  Is it economics?  After all, our currency is “backed by the Full Faith and Credit of the United States.”  It is currently out of vogue to say; “Let us pray to All Mighty God for wisdom in finding pension solutions”.  OK, fine, I won’t say that.  Just concentrate on the “backed by the Full Faith and Credit of the United States.”

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