Reports November 2008

In it for the Long Haul: The Investment Behavior of Public Pensions

Using data on public pension plan investment patterns from the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Census Bureau, this report analyzes how public pension plans invest, in both bull and bear markets.

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Issue Briefs October 2008

Look Before You Leap: The Unintended Consequences of Pension Freezes

This issue brief explores important factors public employers should keep in mind when making decisions about their retirement programs during a weak economy.

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Reports August 2008

A Better Bang for the Buck: The Economic Efficiencies of Defined Benefit Pension Plans

Pension plans are a far more cost-efficient means of providing retirement income compared to individual defined contribution accounts.

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Issue Briefs July 2008

Patience is a Virtue: Asset Allocation Patterns in DB and DC Plans

This report examines whether the move from DB to DC plans has had an impact on the way retirement assets are invested. Individual investors, for instance, may have a shorter term investment horizon than DB plans.

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Issue Briefs May 2008

Retirement Readiness: What Difference Does a Pension Make?

This brief reviews the evidence on the role DB pensions play in ensuring that older Americans have the resources they need to be self-sufficient in retirement.

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