Dimensioning the Problem
If you read the paper, watch the news, or even if your sole source of current events is derived from snippets captured on late night political satire, you have probably heard of or read stories warning of the “pension crisis,” “pension underfunding,” or “pension tsunami.” However, unless the story directly affects your firm's pension, or your state's pension, it may seem irrelevant to you.
For instance, why should a person from New York care that;
These are all pieces of a much larger puzzle. In this chapter, we tell the pension story, because in order to understand why every single American will be affected by the pension crisis, we need to dimension the crisis and quantify each of the components. Broadly characterized, every issue will come back to managing four things: people, wealth, obligations, and expectations.
In this chapter, we attack the following questions: