Public Pensions Contend with Falling Markets and Rising Inflation
The brief’s key findings are:
- FY 2022 has been hard for state and local pension plans, with large investment losses and rising outlays due to inflation.
- The aggregate funded ratio fell from 78 percent to 74 percent, negating much of the gains from the previous year.
- The impact of rising inflation on pension finances, though, has been muted by limits to plans’ cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs).
- However, the flip side of limited COLAs is less inflation protection for retirees, especially those not covered by Social Security.