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Resource ID: #17929
Subject: Pensions
Source: Bloomberg Business News (Princeton, N.J.)
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Date: September

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In practice, companies cannot use the money from their employee pension funds; it's intended for employees after they retire. However, as Steffy reports, employee pension funds "have become a significant -- though misleading -- source of reported corporate earnings." Forty-two of the companies on the S&P 500 reported that pension income "boosted pretax earnings by more than 5 percent." Many companies simply list these earnings in their footnotes.

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