• Muni Bonds: A Dialogue Thursday, 19 May 2011 | 1:22 PM ET

    There's no doubt that states and municipalities have taken on more obligations than they can possibly pay. They can't afford the pensions, medical benefits and debt payments they've already promised to pay. When you add in the costs of basic services, such as education and policing, the situation is very obviously untenable.

  • CalSTRS: Funding the Future     Tuesday, 17 May 2011 | 3:15 PM ET

    Discussing how the nation's second-largest pension fund plans to boost its performance and investment opportunities, with Christopher Ailman, California State Teachers' Retirement System.

  • The State of Pensions Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 12:46 PM ET

    The fiscal challenges facing states is not new and the budget battles we saw in both Wisconsin and Ohio just showcases the problem. One of the biggest challenges states are facing when tackling their budget shortfalls is their pension deficits.

  • How Pension Fund Math Enriches Private Equity Funds Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 9:17 AM ET

    The basic accounting assumption that underlies pension fund valuations may be a huge gift to private equity funds.

  • Protecting the Pension Fund     Tuesday, 3 May 2011 | 4:36 PM ET

    Janet Cowell, North Carolina State Treasurer talking about her state's pension fund, which is 96% funded, and the investment strategy that contributed to it's AAA rating.

  • Funding the Future     Tuesday, 3 May 2011 | 3:15 PM ET

    Discussing underfunded pension funds and what can be done to boost returns for retirees, with Christopher Ailman, CalSTRS CIO, and Joe Dear, Calpers CIO.

  • Big Oil Boost Pension     Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 2:14 PM ET

    Major oil companies are reporting earnings this week, and given high gas prices, could well be pulling in an embarrassment of riches. Just the same, many pension holders will profit, too. CNBC's Eamon Javers has the story.

  • Public Pensions, Once Off Limits, Face Budget Cuts Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 6:47 AM ET

    Conventional wisdom and the laws and constitutions of many states have long held that the pensions being earned by current government workers are untouchable. But as the fiscal crisis has lingered, officials have begun to take a second look, to see whether there might be loopholes allowing them to cut the pension benefits of current employees. The New York Times reports.

  • Tackling Pitfalls of Pensions     Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | 12:29 PM ET

    Shari Mason, svp at RBC Wealth Management, reveals why rethinking traditional asset allocation could help U.S. pension funds address some of their challenges. Plus, she weighs in on why ETFs can be a valuable part of a fixed income strategy.

  • Kaminsky's Call & Fixing Pension Funds     Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | 12:22 PM ET

    Reclaiming the returns of the "lost decade," with Gary Kaminsky, who calls out the propaganda. In this case, the 10-year performance numbers. And pensions have been hit hard. Shari Mason, RBC Wealth Management, makes a living helping dig pension funds out of their holes.

  • Global Risks & Your Money     Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 8:00 AM ET

    Joe Dear, CalPERS CIO, shares his money mantras with "Squawk Box."

  • Blog: We Have Forgotten What True Money Is Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 1:41 AM ET
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    A wise old fund manager once told me "never trust a man or woman under the age of thirty to manage your money; they ain't seen nothing yet."

  • The Burden of Pensions on States Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 8:54 AM ET

    In Wisconsin, new pension cost estimates are expected to show that contribution levels are too meager and more money will be needed from public workers, the NYT reports.

  • Anger Brews Over Government Workers' Benefits Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 8:15 AM ET

    More Americans are  seeing public servants as public enemies in some ways. It's a case of pension envy.

  • When it comes to retirement, Americans have high anxiety. And the three-lane highway of Social Security, retirement savings, and a traditional pension is full of potholes.

  • Fla. Governor: State Should End Collective Bargaining Wednesday, 2 Mar 2011 | 4:32 PM ET

    Florida Governor Rick Scott wants to get rid of his state's collective bargaining and start asking government employees to pay 5 percent into their pension plans, he told CNBC in an interview Wednesday.

  • Some GOP Leaders Soften Tough Talk on Unions Thursday, 24 Feb 2011 | 4:53 PM ET
    Protesters fill the courtyard and steps outside the State Capitol building on February 16, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Protesters were demonstrating against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers.

    With a wary eye on Wisconsin, Republican leaders in several states are toning down the tough talk against public employee unions and, in some cases, abandoning anti-union measures altogether.

  • The Union Fight in Wisconsin Means Trouble for Munis Friday, 18 Feb 2011 | 1:05 PM ET
    Protesters fill the courtyard and steps outside the State Capitol building on February 16, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Protesters were demonstrating against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers.

    The mass protests from state workers in Wisconsin and the revolt by Democrats in the state Senate should set off alarm bells for investors in municipal bonds.

  • Illinois Pension Bonds to Test Investors’ Faith Friday, 18 Feb 2011 | 12:31 PM ET

    The first time Illinois tried to bail out its teetering pension fund by borrowing billions of dollars, it ended in disaster. Nevertheless, the state is trying again. The New York Times reports.

  • Why Shareholder Democracy Is a Bad Idea Friday, 18 Feb 2011 | 11:07 AM ET

    The first question anyone should ask about a change to how elections—whether for governments or corporations—are conducted is whether the results will be better government or worse. The next question is whether the proposal make the government or board of directors more representative of the preferences of the voters or less.