Public Pension Funding Forum

ABOUT THIS CONFERENCE

The issue of pension funding gap, real or not, is often used to change pension plans as we know them. The most common solutions revolve around increasing employee and employer contributions, reducing benefits, and converting lifetime guarantee of defined benefit pensions into do it yourself pension schemes. Regardless of whether these fixes will work in the long run, they do have serious consequences for all stake holders, including employees, employers, taxpayers, local businesses and economies. Analysis of empirical data suggests that undermining pensions increases income inequality which in turn puts a drag on the economy, and in the end everyone suffers.

The Public Pension Funding Forum will examine the obstacles that stand in the way of closing public pension funding gap and explore new solutions to overcome such obstacles, including better risk management in economic cycles, use of new and improved debt instruments, and closing tax loopholes.
   
The overarching goal of the Forum is to inject some new thinking that might solve the funding challenges without dismantling public pensions, and hence enhance prosperity for all.


WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Trustees of state and local pension funds
  • Administrators of state and local pension funds
  • Officials of state and local finance department/treasurer’s office 
  • Legislators
  • Members of Municipal Bond Community
  • Members of Investment Community
  • Members of Public Pension Advocacy Community
  • Academic and Pension Research Community
This conference is open to members and non-NCPERS members.

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2016 Public Pension Funding Forum
August 21- 23
Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale
New Haven, CT

GUEST SPEAKER
Robert J. Shiller is an American Nobel Laureate, economist, academic, and best-selling author. He currently serves as a Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University and is a fellow at the Yale School of Management’s International Center for Finance. He is ranked among the 100 most influential economists of the world. 


 

2016 FINAL Agenda (updated 8/12/16)

2016 Presentations

Monday, August 22
Rush to get into and struggle to get out of Defined Contribution Plans – The Case of West Virginia
Closing the Pension Funding Gap - What's Legal and What’s Not?
Public Pension Funding Issues: Myths and Realities
Risk Management to Address Funding Issues - Gene Kalwarski
Risk Management to Address Funding Issues - Tim Myers
Risk Management to Address Funding Issues - Rebecca Merrill
 
Tuesday, August 23
Pension Reforms and Economic Volatility
Investment Strategies to Close the Pension Funding Gap in Low Return Environment - Rafael Silveira
Investment Strategies to Close the Pension Funding Gap in Low Return Environment - Arun Muralidhar
Investment Strategies to Close the Pension Funding Gap in Low Return Environment - Dan Flanagan
Panel Discussion: Closing the Funding Gap without Dismantling Public Pensions - Sean McNeeley & Susan Kennedy
Panel Discussion: Closing the Funding Gap without Dismantling Public Pensions - David Wilson

 

PLATINUM SPONSOR
Cheiron


GOLD SPONSORS
Analytic Investors
The PFM Group
Nuveen Asset Management