Tuesday, April 14, 2009

How we were robbed by ourselves

Here's a story from today's ABC News…
Older-style defined benefits superannuation funds are creaking under the weight of falling asset values and a sinking global economy.

A survey out today says there has been an unprecedented blowout in defined benefits liabilities since September last year, with the shortfall for more than 50 listed companies growing from $2 billion to $25 billion.

People looking back at the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries will marvel at how two thirds of western industrial societies managed to swindle themselves by mistaking (yet again!) gambling on the stock market for a productive activity. And the penny still doesn't seem to have dropped yet for the majority.

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