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  • 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
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    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.

  • State Pension Plans Scramble to Avoid Bankruptcy Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 | 12:00 PM ET

    State pension funds, facing a potential multitrillion-dollar shortfall, find themselves in the center of a four-way battle: Employees and retirees expect to be paid their promised benefits; the pension systems have clear obligations but may not have the resources to pay them; politicians are looking for ways to resolve the underfunding and balance the burden among retirees and workers; and state taxpayers, challenged to provide for their own retirements, resent the additional tax load.

  • Illinois Plan for Pensions Questioned Wednesday, 26 Jan 2011 | 11:11 AM ET

    Federal regulators are examining disclosures by Illinois about its unorthodox pension funding method, trying to determine whether the state misled bond investors about the risks. The New York Times reports.

  • States Warned of $2 Trillion Pensions Shortfall Tuesday, 18 Jan 2011 | 4:51 AM ET

    US public pensions face a shortfall of $2,500 billion that will force state and local governments to sell assets and make deep cuts to services, according to the former chairman of New Jersey’s pension fund, reports the Financial Times.

  • Pension Crisis to Take Center Stage in '11: Paterson Friday, 31 Dec 2010 | 11:49 AM ET

    Outgoing New York Democratic Gov. David Paterson cautioned that “everyone will suffer” if there’s a public pension meltdown in 2011.

  • Alabama Town’s Failed Pension Is a Warning Thursday, 23 Dec 2010 | 4:39 AM ET
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    A struggling city on the outskirts of Mobile was warned for years that if it did nothing, its pension fund would run out of money by '09. Right on schedule, its fund ran dry. The NY Times reports.

  • Vanguard Founder Critical of Some ETF Returns Friday, 17 Dec 2010 | 3:25 PM ET

    ETFs (exchange-traded funds) may be one of the greatest marketing tools of the 21st century, but, perhaps, not the best investing tool, founder and former CEO of Vanguard, John Bogle, told CNBC Thursday.

  • Mounting State Debts Stoke Fears of a Looming Crisis Sunday, 5 Dec 2010 | 11:04 AM ET

    The finances of some state and local governments are so distressed that some analysts say they are reminded of the run-up to the subprime mortgage meltdown or of the debt crisis hitting nations in Europe. The New York Times reports.