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Topic Title: Public Pension Plans
Topic Summary: Straining state and local gov budgets
Created On: 07/02/2022 06:03 PM
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grdsurf

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The core problem with all retirement plans is that you can't have people living a third of their life on somebody else's back.

Many people running out of money who only have a 401k is INSTRUCTIVE to why this is true. If YOU can't afford to fund your lengthy retirement, neither can anyone who PROMISES to fund your lengthy retirement. It's really expensive.

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/how-public-pensions-turn-cities-unlivable-hellholes

Edited: 07/02/2022 at 06:06 PM by grdsurf
 07/02/2022 06:33 PM
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StirfryMcflurry

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Originally posted by: grdsurf The core problem with all retirement plans is that you can't have people living a third of their life on somebody else's back.
Sure you can

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 07/08/2022 02:31 PM
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LBLarry

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Zero Hedge ..... f-ing please

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 07/08/2022 05:44 PM
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StirfryMcflurry

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what he said ^ ...Zero Hedge is a batshit insane Austrian school finance blog run by two pseudonymous founders who post articles under the name "Tyler Durden," after the character from Fight Club. It's essentially apocalypse porn. It has accurately predicted 200 of the last 2 recessions.[citation NOT needed]

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 07/09/2022 04:34 AM
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RobdaSlob

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The only problem with any pension is convincing those that fund it that it is worth the investment. When interest rates are really low (pre-2022) the idea of borrowing money to invest made sense. This is what the wealthy have done through that whole period of low rates. Private sector has walked away from offering pensions. Too expensive. Public sector has kept it. I have worked both. The difference is in pay. Private sector has unlimited upside potential in pay. But it is volatile and with risk. Public sector has low risk, low reward - one could say guaranteed paycheck. The private sector employee has to figure out what to do with that money. I make more than twice what I made in public sector but I bank that delta so I have a retirement. The public sector employee has to learn to live with mediocre in every aspect of their life yet knows among all else they will have a paycheck come pay day.

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 07/10/2022 08:12 AM
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Cole

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The public sector employee has to learn to live with mediocre in every aspect of their life yet knows among all else they will have a paycheck come pay day.


Very well said.

And if they can manage to get health insurance, so much the better, but unfortunately, even that isn't a given these days.

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 07/11/2022 12:40 PM
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426Blue

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Public sector, particularly at state and local level, have also walked away from offering promised pensions upon vested status. Pretty sure state of FL no longer offers state employees pensions, instead setting up employees in self-managed 401Ks that end up being grossly underfunded.
 07/11/2022 01:17 PM
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RustyTruck

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Pensions, the boomers all had them, but they went away with the decline of organized labor.

Young people today are on their own, the pensioners over in the Villages took it all.

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