The US Congress and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
could be close to passing legislation and rules that will, among other
developments, eliminate flash trading and institute ‘circuit breakers’
for short-sellers, according to financial policy specialist Joseph
Standard & Poor's 500 companies' aggregate U.S. and non-U.S.
pension deficit and average funded status showed signs of optimism last
year -- as of December 31, the average funded status increased to 84%,
78% a year earlier.
With a combined $2.35 trillion in assets for pensions,
health care and non-pension retirement programs for current and retired
workers, the report shows states need $1 trillion to match their