kentucky retirement systems

Government
2:37 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Despite Calls for Openness, Struggling Kentucky Retirement Systems Keeps Its Investments Secret

Tommy Elliot, chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Executive Director Bill Thielen listen to a presentation during the meeting of Kentucky Retirement Systems on May 15, 2014.

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 8:24 pm

 Kentucky's underperforming retirement system for state employees keeps secret details of its so-called "alternative investments," and critics are calling for more transparency so the risks and potential pratfalls can be fully assessed.

In its latest story, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting looks at the secrecy behind where the Kentucky Retirement Systems makes its alternative investments—and the concerns it raises.

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Government
9:25 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Kentucky Retirement System Seeks Dismissal of Small Town's Lawsuit Over Alleged Risky Investments

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The troubled Kentucky Retirement Systems says a lawsuit brought against it by a small Northern Kentucky town should be dismissed.

In June, the city of Ft. Wright -- population 5,700 -- filed a civil suit against KRS over risky investments into Wall Street hedge funds with public money, seeking $50 million to cover the losses and to divorce its city and county employees from the state system.

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Government
4:21 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Seven Counties Ruling Could Cost Pension System $2.4 Billion

Kentucky’s mounting pension troubles could get worse as the state plans to appeal a court ruling requiring certain quasi-governmental agencies be liable for pension debt.  

Last year, Seven Counties Services, a mental health nonprofit that contracts with state government, filed for bankruptcy over its pension debt.

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Government
6:31 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Beshear Pleased With Appeal in Seven Counties Case

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he is pleased with a decision by the Kentucky Retirement Systems to appeal a recent ruling that would allow quasi-governmental agencies to withdraw from the beleaguered public pension system.

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Government
6:28 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Kentucky City Sues State Pension System Over Risky Investments

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A Kentucky city is suing the state's public pension system over its investment of county employees' retirement money into "risky" hedge funds. 

An attorney for Ft. Wright, a northern Kentucky city of 5,700, filed a class-action lawsuit Monday alleging that Kentucky Retirement Systems improperly used money from one of its subsidiary funds to make investments that were illegal under state law.

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Government
3:50 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Kentucky Retirement Systems Director: State's Pension Debt is $17 Billion

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Kentucky's state pension systems are slated to have to pay out more than $17 billion that the state doesn't have.

That's according to William Thielen, who is director of the Kentucky Retirement Systems. Thielen testified before lawmakers in Frankfort Monday. 

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