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Have 401(k)s Failed Participants?

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Experts argue merits, areas for improvement to 401(k) plans

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What To Do If Your Pension Is Frozen Or You're Offered A Lump Sum

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Do you now or have you ever participated in a “defined benefit” pension plan–the kind where a private sector employer promises a set monthly check based on your salary, years of service and retirement age? Are you now retired and receiving a monthly pension check?

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States Up the Pressure on Retirement Plans for Private Workers

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California's new state-administered retirement savings program for certain private-sector workers could serve as a model for other states.

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Companies pitch lump sums to dig out of pension holes

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Former longtime employees of two big Atlanta companies recently got an intriguing offer – a check for tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Decline in pension plans leaves many Ohioans unprepared

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Fewer Ohio businesses are offering defined-benefit pension plans, as employers attempt to reduce future funding obligations and shift retirement liabilities to workers.

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Will pension plans stage a comeback?

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A looming retirement crisis prompts a rethink about DB and DC models

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The Road to Retirement

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Even before the Great Recession, Americans were not saving enough, if anything, for retirement, and policy experts were warning of a looming catastrophe. The economic downturn and its consequences — including losses in jobs, income, investments and home equity — have made that bad situation much worse.

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Spouse’s Consent Is Required to Change Retirement Account Beneficiary

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Why does a married person who has certain kinds of accounts have to get his or her spouse’s permission to change the beneficiary of those accounts?

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Defending Your 401(k)

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If you think your company may go bankrupt, more than your job is at risk. Your retirement account may also be in jeopardy.

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Why you may retire in poverty

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Are you going to retire in poverty? Today's seniors are more affluent than the general population. But the generations that follow them - starting with the baby boom generation - will not be as fortunate. The decline of pensions, the erosion of Social Security and the housing crash all are pointing toward a new crisis of poverty among lower- and middle-class seniors in the years ahead.

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