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Bill would automatically enroll employees in workplace IRAs

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On August 5, 2010 Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) introduced the Automatic IRA Act of 2010 (S.

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Give all Americans a secure retirement

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Thanks to the big expansion of Social Security in the 1970s and the growth of employer pension plans, many Americans have retired, grown old and still managed to remain part of the middle class. But the system is eroding because of the change in the way pensions are delivered.

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"Wake Up, Washington!" launch

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This morning things were abuzz at the National Press Club as Retirement USA (an initiative of the Pension Rights Center and other partnering organizations) launched "Wake Up, Washington!" Month.  The month is dedicated to raising awareness among policymakers about the Retirement Income Deficit faced by millions of Americans.  We learned that the Retirement Income Deficit in this country is $6.6 trillion - meaning the amount of money Americans ages 32-64 need but do not have to provide an adequate nest egg for their retirement. More...

Time to Fix a Fiscal Mistake

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Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a Roth alternative in the Thrift Savings Plan for government employees. Roths are the antithesis of sensible tax and budget policy. Rather than expanding them to federal employees, Congress should scrap them.

As most of us know, there are now two choices in both IRAs and 401(k)s. With a traditional IRA or 401(k), the contribution is not taxed when made, but distributions from the retirement plan are taxable. In both Roth IRAs and Roth 401(k)s, the contribution is taxed in the year that it is made, but distributions are tax-free.

The advantage of either alternative is the same -- the elimination of tax on investment income. The difference is when the money is taxed.  This may seem like a minor difference, but the amount of money that you can accumulate tax-free can be greater in a Roth. More...

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