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Karen Friedman on pension fraud

Karen Friedman on pension fraud

A widow gets scammed out a a portion of her pension. Karen Friedman: Financial institutions need "layers of protection" to prevent pension fraud. Watch the video.
U.S. Treasury Department rejects proposed retiree pension cuts

U.S. Treasury Department rejects proposed retiree pension cuts

"A victory for democracy,” says Karen Friedman. Read our press release.
State-based retirement plans

States get in on the action

28 states have looked into ways of offering automatic retirement savings plans to workers. Read our fact sheet to get the specifics.  Read the fact sheet
Pension Counseling & Information Program

Pension Counseling and Information Program

Learn how the pension counseling projects help clients obtain their retirement benefits. Watch the video.

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Uber drivers' new option: Start a retirement account through the app

Uber has a new tool in its arsenal to attract and retain drivers: retirement savings accounts. The San Francisco ride-hailing company announced Wednesday that it teamed up with automated investor service Betterment to offer its drivers a way to set up retirement accounts through the ride-hailing app.


Ten Years After, the Pension Protection Act Falls Short of Promises

Ten years ago today, President George W. Bush signed into law the Pension Protection Act of 2006. It was the largest, most comprehensive U.S. pension reform bill since the mother of them all, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.


Crowdfunding Emerging as Power to the People Pension Tool

Crowdfunding is emerging as a creative and powerful tool that pension plan participants and retirees can use to independently investigate their plans.


Guest Column: Pension fund of precipice of destruction

Few people realize a pension crisis is looming. It’s the aftershock of the 2008 market collapse. Pension funds managed by unscrupulous Wall Street Banks held the worthless real estate investments that took the markets down further than most of us had previously seen in our lifetimes. More...

No Worker Left Behind

“You could argue that the 401(k) system works for many people,” says Karen Friedman, executive vice president and policy director at the Pension Rights Center in Washington, D.C. “But you also could argue that it has failed many people.”


Trade group trying to kill bill making state-run retirement accounts a worker benefit

An investment industry trade group is trying to kill a California bill that would make retirement savings accounts an almost universal benefit for workers in the state, saying that plan will be more expensive than lawmakers anticipate and could ultimately cost taxpayers.


Unforeseen consequences one legacy of the Pension Protection Act

Like many pension-related laws, the Pension Protection Act that passed a decade ago was designed to address a crisis. At the time, underfunded pension plans were threatening the financial stability of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. More...

Multiemployer Pension Resubmits Rescue Plan to Treasury

An Iron Workers local pension fund has withdrawn and resubmitted its application for benefit suspension approval from the Treasury Department, restarting the clock on the department’s review.


Iron Workers retirees get temporary reprieve from pension cuts

Retired iron workers in Northeast Ohio will get a short reprieve before their pensions could be cut.


Retirement panic? It's not all your fault.

If you’re like many Americans, you’re worried about retirement, but a new report suggests that blame for retirement insecurity can’t be laid solely at the feet of individual savers.