Ken Sarni

Ken Sarni

IPPFA President McNamee on Chicago Tonight Discussing Consolidation
Source: IPPFA & Chicago Tonight

James McNamee, president of the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association and a critic of pension consolidation, joins “Chicago Tonight.” We were unable to find a member of the task force available to join the show. We also invited the Pritzker administration to send someone supportive of consolidation. A spokesperson said they, too, were unable to find anyone.

Can Illinois Save $1M a Day by Consolidating Pension Funds? Governor Says Yes.

Consolidating scores of local firefighter and police pension funds could save Illinois taxpayers between $820 million and $2.5 billion in the next five years, according to a report published Thursday by a state task force that’s been studying the issue since January.

Report by the Illinois Pension Consolidation Feasibility Task Force- October 10, 2019: Full Report

The IPPFA supports implementation of enhanced investment authority and a reliable actuarial methodology. Both of these improvements promote fund stability and taxpayer savings.

Video – Chicago Tonight with President McNamee

IPPFA Consolidation of Pension Fund Investment Authority Fact Sheet

 

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Welcome Troy Fire Pension Fund to IPPFA
Source: IPPFA

Welcome Troy Fire Pension Fund to IPPFA.

 

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PTSD Training Event – Saving Blue Lives
Source: NIU and IPPFA

The Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (IPPFA) and Northern Illinois University (NIU) have teamed up to develop a program to assist law enforcement leaders and rank-and-file officers in expanding their knowledge of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as it effects police officers. This program, “Saving Blue Lives through Training on PTSD, Suicide, Resilience and Peer Support,” is offered at no cost to those attending.

First responders are routinely exposed to critical incidents involving exposure to injury or death in others, as well as the risk of injury or death to themselves. Research shows, and those in the profession intuitively know, that individual incidents and accumulated exposure can adversely affect the mental and physical health of those involved.

The NIU – IPPFA seminar will include:

  • Learning the symptoms of PTSD
  • Conditions that often arise with PTSD, such as depression and substance abuse
  • Identifying ways to bolster resistance
  • Suicide and conditions such as PTSD
  • Methods for dealing with PTSD without the help of a mental health professional
  • Effective treatments with the help of a mental health professional

Seminar Dates:

October 9-10, 2019,
Naperville Police Department
1350 Aurora Ave., Naperville, IL

November 6-7, 2019
Illinois Fire Services Institute
11 Gerty Drive, Champaign, IL

Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Video: Retirement Prep 101
Source: Squared Away Blog

Half of the workers who have an employer retirement plan haven’t saved enough to ensure they can retire comfortably.

This 17-minute video might be just the ticket for them.

Kevin Bracker, a finance professor at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, presents a solid retirement strategy to workers with limited resources who need to get smart about saving and investing.

 

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The Implications of Social Security’s ‘Missing Trust Fund
Source: Center for Retirement Research

The brief’s key findings are:

  • As policymakers consider restoring balance to Social Security, understanding the reason for the shortfall is important.
  • Specifically, the program’s “pay-as-you-go” approach, which dates back to the late 1930s, makes it expensive relative to a funded system.
  • Paying full benefits to Depression-era workers meant forgoing the opportunity to accumulate more revenue in the trust fund, along with the interest on that revenue.
  • To make up for the missing interest, costs are higher than in a funded system.
  • Going forward, if revenues are considered as an option for helping to address legacy costs, the income tax is a potential alternative to the payroll tax.

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The Achilles Heel to the Fiscal Condition of Cities – Public Pensions
Source: MuniNet Guide

Governmental credit quality is a byproduct of both the underlying economy and the cumulative decisions made by officials and citizens over time. The potential for severe strain tends to increase when both the economy and fiscal management break down, which can become even more likely if huge governmental liabilities loom in the backdrop.

The slow, grinding recovery from the 2008 credit crisis has helped most state and local governments restore their coffers through an uptick in revenues. On the other hand, a number of cities remain hampered and exposed to a host of significant liabilities, especially related to retirement benefits.

Using fiscal 2013 year data drawn primarily from city Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR), Merritt Research Services, LLC examined a number of key ratios and statistics to ascertain the overall credit quality of America’s cities.

In this second part of our series, “Assessing the Credit Quality of America’s Cities,” we place the spotlight on the Achilles heel for many cities: public pensions. Future installments of this series will focus on liabilities encompassing other forms of debt, including other post-employment benefits and the average age of infrastructure, a liability whose time will eventually require funding. Wrapping up the fiscal assessment picture, we will examine overall condition measures such as deficits, financial cushions and net position.

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The downsides of retirement that nobody talks about
Source: MSN Money

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