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Marriage equality and retirement equality

Marriage equality and retirement equality

Tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the first of two cases that may change the retirement landscape for millions of Americans: Hollingsworth v. Perry (the second case, U.S. v Windsor, will be heard on Wednesday). What do these cases, both dealing with same-sex marriage, have to do with retirement security, you wonder? More...

NFL sacks referees’ retirement security

NFL sacks referees’ retirement security

If you’re a sports fan, chances are that you’ve heard about the standoff between the NFL and its referees. The impasse, resolved on Thursday, resulted in three weeks of officiating by replacement referees who, according to some, fumbled more calls than the players. For many, this would have been the news. However, we at the Pension Rights Center More...

Can we call it a comeback...for DB plans?

Can we call it a comeback...for DB plans?

I hope so. According to a newly-released Towers Watson survey, it looks like defined benefit pension plans are making a comeback – especially among younger workers.  More...

Relying on tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot to fund your retirement?

Relying on tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot to fund your retirement?

Looking for ways to finance your retirement? If you’re like Jason Schutz of St. Cloud, Minnesota and you only have a 401(k) plan, you might have bought a lottery ticket for tonight’s record-breaking $640 million Mega Millions jackpot. More...

Setting the record straight: Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s pension plan

Setting the record straight: Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s pension plan

A new PRC fact sheet refutes claims made by Saint Peter’s University Hospital (SPUH) that its pension plan is a church plan and has never been subject to federal law. More...

The problem with Mitt Romney's IRA

The problem with Mitt Romney's IRA

In the last few weeks Mitt Romney’s Individual Retirement Account has come under intense scrutiny because of the amount of money he has stashed away in it.The Wall Street Journal estimates the value of Romney’s IRA to be somewhere between a whopping $20 million and a staggering $101.6 million. More...

Is a 401(k) match really “free money”?

Is a 401(k) match really “free money”?

This week’s issue of Time features an article by Stephen Gandel called “How 401(k)s Make Many Americans Poorer.” It sheds light on a new study conducted by the Urban Institute and published by the Center for Retirement Research. The study finds that employees at companies that provide an employer match to 401(k) contributions tend to have lower salaries than employees at companies that do not contribute to employee retirement plans. More...

Is your pension plan having a religious conversion? Here's what you can do.

Is your pension plan having a religious conversion? Here's what you can do.

Have you received a notice informing you that your pension plan is seeking approval from the Internal Revenue Service to convert to a “church plan”?  Here’s what this means to your retirement – and what you can do about it. More...

A race to the bottom?

A race to the bottom?

New Census Bureau data released earlier this week shows that more Americans are living in poverty now than at any time since 1993. While an increase might be understandable, given the uncertain economy, the numbers are still staggering. More...

Chilean miners get lifetime pensions, but …

Chilean miners get lifetime pensions, but …

A smile came to my face when I first saw the headline, Lifetime pensions awarded to 14 of the trapped Chilean miners. Of course the miners deserve pensions. More...

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