Unfunded state and local pensions

Not to worry – as long as they keep full allocations to equity markets the coming doubling of equity prices over the next few years will bail them out.

Provided the political leadership doesn’t get too serious about federal govt deficit reduction with tax increases and spending cuts.

US Cities Face Half a Trillion Dollars of Pension Deficits

By Nicole Bullock

October 12 (FT) — Big US cities could be squeezed by unfunded public pensions as they and counties face a $574 billion funding gap, a study to be released on Tuesday shows.

The gap at the municipal level would be in addition to $3,000 billion in unfunded liabilities already estimated for state-run pensions, according to research from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the University of Rochester.