Finance: What is a Pension?

What is a pension? Pensions are just retirement plans. Employers provide them and pay into funds as an investment for their employees. Once employees retire, they have income from the pension plan.

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a pension is that the employer essentially forces you to put away money

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for your retirement and then they invested for you.

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how nice. or at least be sure you invest it well on a salary of 75 grand a state [gambling table shown]

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employed ditch-digger might get a contribution of say 10 grand a year into

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her pension, and that's each year 10 grand of forced savings for as long as

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she you know digs ditches for the state. and in some states where the unions are

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strong in the governing financial knowledge is weak the government

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guarantees a minimum financial return on the pension investment made on behalf of

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the employees. that is in California for example the state guarantees a 10% per

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year return on their invested pension savings. if the invested return like [equation]

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investing it in Wall Street and stocks and bonds and private equity funds and

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all that stuff well if that invested return is less than that number less

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than that 10%, then the state rights to the pinch and a check to cover the

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incremental difference. yeah it's a huge Delta and it's well pretty much why you

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a Californian Illinois you're going bankrupt remember. Jesus Saves

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but Moses invests. [ Moses, holding stone tablets glares and demands interest]

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