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Another Liberal Governor Demands His State’s Pension Abandon Fiduciary Duties, Sell Fossil-Fuel Investments

As if public pension managers around the country weren’t having enough difficulty digging themselves out of their massive $3-$5 trillion funding gap, the chorus of liberal governors suggesting they should recklessly abandon their fiduciary obligations to future retirees and choose investments not on their financial merits but rather based on the political preferences of clueless […]


CalPERS Goes All-In On Pension Accounting Scam; Boosts Stock Allocation To 50%

Starting July 1, 2018 stock markets around the world are going to get yet another artificial boost courtesy of a decision by the $350 billion California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) to allocate another $15 billion in capital to already bubbly equities.  Of course, if this decision doesn’t make sense to you that’s because it’s […]


JPMorgan: “This Is The Moment Everyone Went All In”

There is a fascinating table in JPMorgan’s 2018 year-end outlook released overnight, previewed yesterday by head quant Marko Kolanovic: it shows that a funny thing happened as the so-called experts were looking for signs of retail euphoria (and repeatedly were unable to find it): everyone went “all-in” stocks, and not just retail investors and US […]


“Almost A Given It Will End Badly”: Vanguard Founder Jack Bogle Says U.S. Pensions Are Doomed

Legendary investor Jack Bogle is apparently not all that optimistic that public pension funds in the U.S. are going to be able to meet their future funding obligations.  Speaking with Bloomberg earlier today, Bogle predicted that bond returns will be a paltry 3% over the next decade, with stock returns not that much better, making […]


JPMorgan: Every Investor Class Is Now All-In Stocks

A funny thing happened as the so-called experts were looking for signs of retail euphoria (and repeatedly were unable to find it): everyone got all-in equities… and not just retail investors and US households, but mutual funds, hedge funds, pensions, systematic, and sovereign wealth funds. As JPMorgan calculated when looking at the equity positioning of […]


Kolanovic Asks “How Close Are We To The Market Top” And Answers

“How close are we to the market top?” While that is and always has been the question on every trader and investor’s lips, it is also what an increasingly greater number of more and more nervous JPMorgan clients wants to know, especially those who, according to JPM head quant Marko Kolanovic – want to protect […]


Protecting Your Blind Side – Hedging & Spitznagel’s Tail Strategy

Authord by 720Global's Michael Lebowitz via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, Protecting your Blind Side “The price of protecting quarterbacks was driven by the same forces that drove the price of other kinds of insurance: it rose with the value of the asset insured, with the risk posed to that asset.”  -Michael Lewis, The Blind Side Counter-intuitively, that is often […]


CalPERS Slashes Pension Payments To Retirees In Two More California Towns By Up To 90%

While we’ve yet to experience any large municipal pension failures, which is just a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’, the small pension failures sprinkled across the state of California are starting to pile up.  As The Sacremento Bee points out today, public workers in Trinity and Imperial counties are just the latest to have […]


Pension Ponzi Exposed: Minnesota Underfunding Triples After Tweaking This One Small Assumption…

Defined Benefit Pension Plans are, in many cases, a ponzi scheme.  Current assets are used to pay current claims in full despite insufficient funding to pay future liabilities… classic Ponzi.  But unlike wall street and corporate ponzi schemes no one goes to jail here because the establishment is complicit.  Everyone from government officials to union […]


Here’s How Government Pension Funds Are Trying To Close Their $7 Trillion Funding Gap

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, There may perhaps be no other group of investors that’s more DESPERATE today than pension funds. Pensions, of course, are the giant funds responsible for paying out retirement benefits to workers. The idea is that both the employer and the employee typically contribute a set percentage of the employee’s […]