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State of Pensions 2020: Pension Trends To Know in the Age Of COVID

State of Pensions 2020 is Equable Institute's first annual report on the status of public pensions put into a historical context. State and local governments face a wide range of challenges – growing, and unpredictable pension costs are some of the largest. While public pension funding varies widely by state, State of Pensions 2020 reveals that fragile state of public sector pension funds coming into 2020 has left them exposed to the pandemic’s financial effects.

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State of Pensions 2020: Great Recession Lessons Learned for Public Pensions in the Age of COVID-19

There are many unknowns in the Age of COVID-19, but fortunately when it comes to forecasting what is likely to happen to public pension funds […]
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State of Pensions 2020 Explained: Unfunded Liabilities as a Share of State Economic Output

A common metric for measuring the fiscal health of a pension plan is the . But on its own this metric doesn’t tell us everything […]
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State of Pensions 2020: Solutions for States

There were some positive steps taken by statewide retirement systems during the decade after the Great Recession. But the strides were not good enough. Most […]
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Calm Amid the Chaos: Wisconsin’s Pension System and the 2008 Financial Crisis

Download The Case Study | Calm Amid the Chaos: Wisconsin’s Pension System and the 2008 Financial Crisis Between September and December of 2008, as investors […]
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Why Equable Institute Cares about Retirement Security

For America’s states and local governments to function properly and thrive — that is, to provide effective and efficient governance — the institutions within its […]
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Why COLAs Matter for Retirement Security

Everyone has their favorite moment of realizing the effects of inflation. Just five cents for a bottle of Coke? You’d be lucky to get that […]
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Why States Don’t Pay Their Pension Bills

One of the primary factors driving state and local unfunded pension liabilities is the failure of governments to always pay their pension bills, known as […]
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The 80% Pension Funding Standard Myth

An 80% funded ratio often has been cited in recent years as a basis for whether a pension plan is financially or “actuarially” sound. Left […]
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Look into the status of specific states.

How are states managing their pension and retirement promises? Or how much employees have to contribute toward their pension and retirement benefits? Select a state to see a snapshot of your state's retirement system.