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Moody’s Considers Municipal Ratings Changes That Could Push Illinois Into Junk Territory

A few weeks ago, we expressed some level of astonishment that the rating agencies, in their infinite wisdom, decided to bestow an investment grade rating upon a new $3 billion bond issuance by the City of Chicago.  Of course, this wouldn’t be such a big deal but for the fact that the state of Illinois […]


Chicago Gets An ‘F’ On New Fiscal Report Card As Bonds Continue To Hover Around All-Time Highs

As Illinois muni debt continues to hover around all-time highs, the number of watchdog groups offering warnings about Chicago’s deteriorating finances continues to grow.  The latest such warning comes from Truth In Accounting which provided the Windy City an ‘F’ on their latest fiscal report card citing a staggering debt burden that amounts to $41,700 […]


The Ponzi Scheme That’s Over 100x The Size Of Madoff

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, By January 1920, much of Europe was in total chaos following the end of the first World War. Unemployment soared and steep inflation was setting in across Spain, Italy, Germany, etc. But an Italian-American businessman who was living in Boston noticed a unique opportunity amid all of that devastation. […]


“It’s Not Sustainable” – Sacramento Lashes Out At Calpers After Raising Pension Payments

In the latest sign that America’s looming pension crisis is inching closer to an all-our collapse that will inevitably end in a series of bailouts – or worse, the failure to pay out retiree’s coveted benefits – a handful of California cities are lashing out at CALPers after being forced to hike pension contributions to […]


Dow 500,000?

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, I genuinely admire Morgan Housel. I think he is a brilliant and talented writer. However, he sent out a tweet on Friday that really struck a chord with me. If you're less than 50 years old and the market returns at least 5% a year on average the Dow […]


Kentucky Republicans Cave On Pension Reform; Stick It To Taxpayers With “Kick The Can” Approach Instead

After months of planning and cogitating over how to address the failing public pension systems in their state, which are somewhere between $40 and $80 billion under water, Governor Matt Bevin and the leaders of the General Assembly’s Republican majorities released their plan earlier today and it appears to be nothing more than the same […]


Study Of 10-Year State Pension Returns Highlight Full Extent Of Public Pension Ponzi

A new study of public pension returns by Cliffwater LLC has found that the median U.S. state pension plan returned just 5.9% annually over the 10 years ended June 30, 2016.  Meanwhile, as Pension and Investments notes, the top performing state pension, the $15.6 billion Oklahoma Teachers’ Retirement System, was the only fund that managed […]


Weekend Reading: Tax Cut Wish List

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, On Wednesday, the President announced his plan to cut taxes for Americans, return jobs to America and return the country to economic prosperity. It’s a tall order to fill, and the proposed tax reform is a “Christmas Wish List” that will have to checked twice to determine which parts […]


What Could Go Wrong? (For Public Pensions, More Than You Know)

Authored by Patrick Watson via MauldinEconomics.com, Here’s a loaded question for you: “What could go wrong?”   In some contexts, it can express mistaken confidence, as in, “Sure I’ll put my hand between that crocodile’s jaws. What could go wrong?” Investors should ask the same question before entering a position. “What risks am I taking […]


Six-Figure Pensions For University Of California Teachers Surge 60% Since 2012

Back in January 2017, the University of California system of schools approved their first in-state tuition hike in six years.  And while one might hope that the extra millions of dollars raised as a result of those hikes would go toward a better education for students, in reality, a large chuck will go to fund […]


Teachers Demand $3,200 From Each Kentucky Household To Fund Pension Ponzi For 2 Years

We have written frequently over the past couple of weeks about the disastrous public pension funds in Kentucky that are anywhere from $42 – $84 billion underfunded, depending on which discount rate you feel inclined to use. As we’ve argued before, these pensions, like the ones in Illinois and other states, are so hopelessly underfunded […]


Weekend Reading: Yellen Takes Away The Punchbowl

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, September 20th, 2017 will likely be a day that goes down in market history. It will either be remembered as one of the greatest achievements in the history of monetary policy experiments, or the beginning of the next bear market or worse. Given the Fed’s inability to spark either […]


1 Million Ohio Public Employees Face Pension Cuts As Another Ponzi Teeters On The Brink

We’ve written frequently of late about the pension crisis in Kentucky where pensioners are facing potentially catastrophic benefit cuts as their politicians finally admit that they’ve been sold a fantasy for decades (see: Pension Consultant Offers Dire Outlook For Kentucky: Freeze Pension And Slash Benefits Or Else). Unfortunately, Kentucky is not unique as there is […]


This $700 Billion Public Employee Ticking Time Bomb Is Only 6.7% Funded; Most States Are Under 1%

We’ve spent a lot of time of late discussing the inevitable public pension crisis that will eventually wreak havoc on global financial markets.  And while the scale of the public pension underfunding is unprecedented, with estimates ranging from $3 – $8 trillion, there is another taxpayer-funded retirement benefit that has been promised to union workers […]


Kentucky Budget Director Admits Pension Underfunding Would Double If “Realistic Discount Rates” Used

We’ve frequently argued that public pensions in the U.S. are nothing more than elaborate ponzi schemes being propped up by unrealistic accounting assumptions that make them seem more healthy than they actually are.  As it turns out, the State Budget Director of Kentucky, John Chilton, is coming around to our way of thinking.  In a […]