One of the big challenges facing pensions and pension providers in an era of aging populations and extended life span is that liabilities are long term, while the investments that are meant to build up the assets to fund those liabilities are generally short, featuring equities and shorter-term debt.

For financial advisors who find themselves working with small to midsize business clients who are facing that challenge, there is the option of long-duration debt funds that invest in 20- to 30-year debt issues.

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