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Northern Mariana Islands: Where the public pension fund went broke


In April 2012, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands‘ (CNMI) public pension fund declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy, because it was expected to run out of money in 2014.

The retirement fund is a defined benefit type pension plan and was only partially funded by the government, with only $268.4 million in assets and $911 million in liabilities. The plan experienced low investment returns and a benefit structure that had been increased without raises in funding.

Legal experts say this is the first time a retirement fund has declared bankruptcy and could establish a precedent.

The Northern Mariana Islands have a population of 53,883 (2010 census). More than 90% of the population lives on the island of Saipan. Of the fourteen other islands, only two — Tinian and Rota — are inhabited.

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