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Fed Accounting Change Boosts Unfunded Pension Obligations

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Friday, 28 September 2018 11:02 AM

In case you missed it, the Federal Reserve’s quarterly Financial Accounts report last week included a change to accounting for state and local pension-fund programs.

The central bank revised its data for unfunded liabilities, applying a “projected benefit obligation” method instead of the prior “accumulated benefit obligation” approach.

With the change increasing unfunded obligations by $2.3 trillion -- more than double the previous total -- “the Fed dropped a bomb,” according to Stephanie Pomboy of researcher MacroMavens LLC, who says states will eventually need to cut spending or raise taxes to compensate.

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In case you missed it, the Federal Reserve's quarterly Financial Accounts report last week included a change to accounting for state and local pension-fund programs.
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