By Tim Leff/Reuters The government of California is considering creating a pension fund that would be tied to the financial market, a move that could put an end to decades of federal regulation that limited the size of a company’s stock.
The plan would be similar to the one California adopted in recent years to fund a retirement system that relies on government and private funds.
The idea has gained traction among financial institutions as well as politicians, who are increasingly worried about the potential for stock markets to crash if the Federal Reserve’s bond-buying program expires.
The California plan would combine state and federal money, but it would have limited oversight over how the funds would be used.
That would limit the scope for Wall Street firms to raise money, which could lead to conflicts of interest.
The state could also impose a cap on the number of shares each company can own.
The idea would be more in line with what other U.K. states have done, but would face challenges, said Tim M. O’Neill, an economist at the University of Sussex who has studied California’s proposal.
“It’s a big, big change,” he said.
“The biggest thing is that it’s not going to happen anytime soon.
California’s plan is a long way off.
You have to wait until the Legislature decides to act on it.”
California is in the middle of its third recession in three years, which has led to a sharp drop in the stock market, with the benchmark S&P 500 index down more than 13 percent in April.
The government is worried that the stock crash could hurt economic growth, and has already taken steps to limit stock ownership.
The state’s plan would tie a company to the stock markets for the duration of a retirement fund, which would be funded with money from the government.
The company would own a percentage of the stock, called the target share.
If the target stock drops below the target, the fund would lose money.
A company would have to pay the state for the fund.
The money would be paid in annual dividends, which the state could tap for public subsidies and other revenue.
The fund would also be subject to limits on stock ownership, with companies that don’t meet those rules could lose money, said Michael M. Murphy, director of the University at Buffalo Center for Pension Reform and a co-author of the California plan.
But some companies would likely opt out, as would investors who want to hold their money in the funds.
Under the plan, the government would fund the fund with money it could borrow from the private sector.
The plan would not apply to California’s existing retirement system, which is funded with private money.
It would be the first time California has funded its retirement plan by combining state and local funds.
Under the plan’s initial version, companies would have until June 2018 to buy back their stock in order to qualify for the investment, but they would have three years to sell their shares or pay a fine, depending on how many of their shares they sell.
California has spent years lobbying for the funds, which it estimates could yield up to $1.2 trillion over the life of the plan.
A plan to expand them has been delayed by legislative gridlock, and there are concerns that the plan would put too much pressure on the economy.