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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2003 3:22 am    Post subject: pension underfunding is interesting! Wharton Reply with quote

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Plunging asset values and rising liabilities have led to an estimated $300 billion shortfall in the aggregate level of funding among U.S. corporate pension plans, thrusting an otherwise dry subject - often of interest only to actuaries and accountants - into the headlines.


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during the stock market boom of the late 1980s through the 1990s, companies had been eager to fund or even overfund their pension plans, since the investments could grow on a pre-tax basis. But Mitchell explains that pension regulation cracked down on this practice to prevent a drain on Treasury revenues. "You could argue that companies had tried to save for the proverbial rainy day," says Mitchell. "But then the regulators drastically limited this way of saving."


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2003 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A crisis looms over the domestic automobile industry: too little money has been set aside to pay pensions and retiree health benefits. At the end of last year General Motors' pension fund was $19 billion short of what it should have. Its health care liability is underfunded by $51 billion.


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A growing number of analysts believe that the Detroit carmakers cannot survive this burden, that they will go bankrupt, disappear, be taken over by Asians. I don't happen to believe this, but okay--if it is a problem, let us solve it.



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