Terrifying US Pension Fund Charts

Pension funds in the US could be close to a collapse. There is an estimated $1.9 trillion shortfall in U.S. state and local pension funds because of low-interest rates and a sideways US stock market. Even stocks falling overseas is a problem for pension funds.

Credit Suisse published the chilling chart below on the funding gap at the largest 100 US pension funds.

Bloomberg writes

Pensions count on annual investment gains of more than 7 percent to cover much of the benefits that come due as workers retire. But public plans had a median increase of 1 percent for the year ended June 30, the smallest advance since 2009, when they lost 16.2 percent, according to the Wilshire Trust Universe Comparison Service.

Now it seems like there is a run on the Dallas Police and Fire Pension as employees try to claim benefits before the system becomes insolvent.

Pension funds are starting to drop hedge fund investments. Turn To 10 writes

Rhode Island plans to scale back its investments in hedge funds by more than $500 million over the next two years, and reallocate those funds to more traditional investments with lower fees.

Pension funds like Rhode Island are starting to be more defensive and are hunkering down. The problem though is that defensive US Treasury bonds mean way below 7 percent returns which means more shortfalls in funding are coming.

There’s no way pension funds can stay above water in an environment with low-interest rates and with equity markets at valuations that are sky high.

But wait, Democrats say everything is good, just look at consumer confidence that came out this week at 104.1.

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There is massive offshoring of good paying US jobs, stagnant wages, soaring costs of health care and education, contraction in manufacturing, falling retail sales, and consumers pensions are dangerously close to collapse. Meanwhile, consumer confidence is hitting multi-year highs? Consumer confidence is starting to look like just another tool of public manipulation that’s out of touch with reality on the street.

With So Much Debt In the US Economy, Is It Even Possible To Grow Faster?

The US national debt just broke above $19.5 trillion. Both Democrats and Republicans are to blame, but it is important to note that President Obama and Democrats increased the national debt more than all President’s before combined.
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Countries Dump U.S. Debt At Record Pace

In 2016, foreign countries have dumped a shocking $192 billion worth of U.S. Treasury bonds. This dumping of bonds is the biggest selloff of U.S. debt since 1978.

China, Japan, France, Brazil and Colombia are the leading countries that are dumping U.S. debt.

U.S. Treasury bonds are the safest investments in the world. Countries often hold large portions of their cash reserves in U.S. Treasury bonds. Countries are dumping U.S. debt because they need the money.

Most countries are selling everything including the kitchen sink to come with the money required to pay the bills and to try and stimulate their economies.

Foreign sales of U.S. debt appear to be primarily driven by economic necessity.

Debt Sales Also Driven By Record National Debt

The U.S. debt held by China is $1.243 trillion, as of April 2016. That’s 30% of the $4.046 trillion in Treasury bills, notes, and bonds held by foreign countries. The rest of the $19 trillion debt is owned by either the American people or by the U.S. government itself.

Between 1789 and 1992, the entire national debt was about $4 trillion. Today, $4 trillion is just what we owe other countries. The total $19.3 trillion national debt could be spooking U.S. debt buyers. At what point do debt buyers begin to question the ability of the U.S. government to service the $19.3 trillion national debt? The U.S. government can’t even hike rates more than a quarter-point some seven years after the last recession because the economy is so weak. If the U.S. economy goes into another downturn, that will mean more stimulus and spending that will drive the national debt beyond $23 trillion in the blink of an eye.

U.S. government debt as a percent of GDP has recently broken above 100%.

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With the U.S. consumer’s buying power destroyed by years of offshoring at the hands of corrupt political parties taking money from foreigners, what value does the U.S. have beyond its natural resources? At some point holding U.S. debt becomes too risky and not worth the low yields paid as shown in the chart below.