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Pension Crisis: Will Most Public Pensions Fail?

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Pension plans have been in bad shape for a long time. Even as many private companies froze or eliminated pension plans, public pensions represent a big threat to the workers and retirees who depend on them, and one recent study from Bridgewater Associates found that 85% of public pensions could fail within the next 30 years. In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, runs through Bridgewater's analysis, noting its estimate that public pensions have $3 trillion in assets to cover $10 trillion in eventual liability. The study notes the huge gap between the returns you'd have to earn to bridge that gap and realistic assumptions about future returns, and Dan points out that while some think Bridgewater's estimates are too low, most pension plans themselves don't expect to earn high enough returns to cover future liabilities. Dan concludes that some combination of better investments and possible benefit reductions could be necessary to ensure the health of public pensions in the long run. Investing made simple: The Motley Fool's essential guide to investing is now available to the public, free of cost, at http://bit.ly/1atRpHZ. This resource was designed to cover everything that new investors need to know to get started today. For your free copy, just click the link above. Visit us on the web at http://www.fool.com, home to the world's greatest investing community! ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Subscribe to The Motley Fool's YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheMotleyFool Or, follow our Google+ page: https://plus.google.com/+MotleyFool/posts Inside The Motley Fool: Check out our Culture Blog! http://culture.fool.com Join our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/themotleyfool Follow The Motley Fool on Twitter: https://twitter.com/themotleyfool