April 20, 2014
PUBLIC PENSION UPDATE: Detroit Gives Pensioners a Sleight of Hand.
Detroit doesn’t have any money. Rather, it doesn’t have enough money: It cannot both pay its debts and run the city. That’s why the city filed for bankruptcy some months back, over the outraged protests of pensioners who stand to lose a big chunk of their monthly checks.
Today, those pensioners are breathing a little easier. The city seems to have struck a deal that will leave their pensions in better shape than previously feared. Instead of cutting those monthly checks by as much as a third, the city will trim them by less than 5 percent.
How did they make such a big change? In part by assuming higher investment returns.
This will end well.