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September 23, 2010

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Corporate Bond Dip Hits Pension Funding
Excerpt: "A Mercer news release said this is likely to result in larger deficits at company year-ends combined with equity market performance experienced over 2010."

Former Bell (Calif.) Police Chief Had a Lucrative Tax Angle for Retirement
Excerpt: "Former Bell Police Chief Randy Adams had himself declared disabled even as he was hired for the post, a move that could make him millions of dollars in tax-free pension income when he retires, according to records and interviews."
(Los Angeles Times)

Debate Over Government Pension Plans Heats Up
Excerpt: "Underfunding of state pension plans has been a problem for years, but the economic crisis made it far worse, an analysis by the Pew Center on the States concluded."
(The New American)

French Unions Take to The Street Over Pension Plans
Excerpt: "French unions are staging a major showdown with the government Thursday, with demonstrations and strikes taking place across the country to protest a pension-reform plan that will raise the retirement age to 62 from the current 60."
(The Wall Street Journal)

The United States Longevity Insurance Market
Working paper. Excerpt: "This chapter documents the substantial decline in traditional sources of longevity insurance, and shows that published statistics on the individual annuity market greatly overstate its size and growth. It considers whether the decline in annuitization rates is cause for concern."
(Pension Research Council, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania)

Pension Payouts in Chile: Past, Present, And Future Prospects
Working paper. Excerpt: "This paper reviews recent developments in the payout market for Chilean pensions, focusing particularly on the role of annuities, and illustrates what makes the payout market in Chile so different from those in other nations."
(Pension Research Council, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania)

Pension Shell Games Threaten Market
Excerpt: "The municipal bond market, once a quiet corner of Wall Street, is slowly becoming a scene of scandal and regulatory inquest."
(Arthur Levitt and Lynn Turner on

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