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No. 3: Underfunded pension funds
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No. 3: Underfunded pension funds

Today's pension funds are in big trouble. Ninety percent of corporate defined benefit pensions were underfunded at the end of 2014, according to Wilshire Consulting.

Pension funds must make sure their assets grow at a pace adequate to cover future liabilities. An earlier Wilshire report noted that low interest rates make that goal a difficult one to achieve.

"It is putting pressure on the already-weak pension system," Scott says.

But Rubin notes that pension woes are unlikely to affect large numbers of retirees.

"Most retirees don't have pensions and will not be affected," he says.

He also believes that current pension recipients are unlikely to see their payout cut. Future retirees may not be as lucky, he says.

Moore agrees: "It is hard to know if clients can depend on them for their retirement income."

Workers who are worried about their company's pension plan must take action now. "They need to save more or work longer, as well as delay Social Security, to maximize the benefit they will receive," Moore says.

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