CalPERS Looks To Cut Financial Risk?
Melody Petersen of the Los Angeles Times reports, In strategy shift, CalPERS looks to cut financial risk : California taxpayers have never paid more for public worker pensions, but it's still not enough to cover the rising number of retirement checks written by the state's largest pension plan. Even before the stock market's recent fall, staffers at the California Public Employees' Retirement System were worried about what they call "negative cash flows." The shortfalls — which totaled $5 billion last year — are created when contributions from taxpayers and public employees who are still working aren't enough to cover monthly checks sent to retirees. To make up the difference, CalPERS must liquidate investments. With more than $300 billion in investments, the nation's largest public pension fund is in no danger of suddenly running out of cash. But even its staff acknowledges in a recent report that despite fast-rising contributions fro