red stock chart with downward arrows The gap between poorly funded pension plans and strongly funded ones is greater than in the past, says a new study.

For the past nine years, revenue growth and strong investment returns have helped state pension plans. However, the gap between poorly funded plans and strongly funded ones “has never been greater,” according to the Pew Charitable Trusts, coming in at more than $1 trillion for all 50 states.

While the Great Recession brought investment losses to plans in all 50 states, Pew’s research indicates that “the eight states with the best-funded retirement systems rebounded and were, on average, 95 percent funded by 2017.”

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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