In 1875, the American Express Company established the first pension fund for employees in the United States. Due to favorable tax laws, pension plans quickly became a staple of the American workforce. By 1980, 35.9 million workers, or 46% of all private sector workers and almost all government workers retired on pensions. In 1978, however, the U.S. Congress passed the Revenue Act of 1978, which resulted in the first 401(k) plan. Since then, pensions are getting fewer and farther between. And many of the plans remaining, are suddenly on shaky ground. According to the Wall Street Journal, the long bull market has failed to fix the shortfalls. Today we'll review a Wall Street Journal report on why it's happening and how it's happening, then Steve reviews today's best paying annuities. Don't miss today's show. MASTERING MONEY is on the air!!