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0 How screwed up the pension system is: Sovereign Man News to Gold Prices — Tags:  
Late last year, the investment management giant Morningstar published a report concluding that most people can either save money for retirement, or save money for their kids’ education… but NOT both.

0 A Global Economy Without a Cushion: Stephen S. Roach News to Gold Prices — Tags:  
From 1990 to 2008, annual growth in world trade was fully 82% faster than world GDP growth. Now, however, reflecting the unusually sharp post-crisis slowdown in global trade growth, this cushion has shrunk dramatically, to just 13% over the 2010-19 period, leaving the world economy more vulnerable to all-too-frequent shocks.
Student enrollment has dropped 11% since 2011 while student-loan balances have surged 74%. Why?
BlackRock has boosted its holdings at the long end of the Treasury curve and expects yields to go even lower in a flight-to-quality trade.
Social Security is already facing a $13.9 trillion cash shortfall through 2093, but it could get a whole lot worse.

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