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U.S. Pension Crisis A Huge Obstacle For The Economy

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One of the biggest dangers when it comes to long-term investing is trying to determine the potential hazards on the horizon. Currently, market sentiment has become extremely positive in the market, driven by strong corporations with lean organizations and plenty of cash.

However, to be successful at long-term investing, we must look past current market sentiment conditions and determine what potential pitfalls could arise. Pension funds within corporations are becoming a serious threat in their potential to dampen market sentiment in the long run.

The deficit for American pension funds-the difference between the amount owed to retired workers and the level of funds in the pension-increased at the end of 2012 to $295 billion, up 17% from year-end 2011, according to Towers Watson. (Source: Badawy, M., "Corporate pension funding down in 2012 on falling interest rates," Reuters, April 23, 2013.)

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