Social Security is sagging a bit under the retirement of the large boomer population, and lawmakers have proposed raising taxes on high earners, cutting benefits or some combination of the two.

But new research explores the potential of adding equities to the bonds already held by the Social Security trust fund as a means of increasing yield.

And while doing so would add risk—both financial and political—to the program, other countries do hold equities as well as bonds in their retirement programs.

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