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Shining a light on a hidden pension world

Posted by Kyle Garrett on September 19, 2011

In a new book, Retirement Heist, prize-winning journalist Ellen Schultz has provided the ultimate backstage pass to the world of pensions, with plenty of drama and shocking details.

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A race to the bottom?

Posted by Joellen Leavelle on September 14, 2011

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.

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Why regulations matter

Posted by on July 20, 2011

In today’s anti-government political environment, there’s a lot of rhetoric thrown around about the bugaboo “excessive regulation.”

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PBGC urges bankruptcy court to protect pensions for Harry & David employees

Posted by Rebecca Davis on July 06, 2011

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) recently announced that it has asked a bankruptcy court to continue the company’s defined benefit pension plan, siding with the employees and retirees of Harry & David Holdings Inc.

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Retirement...What's that?

Posted by Joellen Leavelle on June 24, 2011

Yesterday I attended a hearing held by the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Called Stories from the Kitchen Table: How Middle Class Families are Struggling to Make Ends Meet, the hearing focused on the all-too-familiar challenges that many of America's middle class families are facing due to the economic downturn. 

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Snail mail or e-mail? The Labor Department wants to know.

Posted by on June 22, 2011

How would you prefer to receive information about your retirement plan: delivered by regular mail on paper or electronically by e-mail? 

What if you don’t use a computer at work and only have access to a computer at home?

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Hey, Republicans and Democrats: Are you listening?

Posted by Nancy Hwa on June 17, 2011

On NPR this morning, Morning Edition aired a story on the Republican Leadership Conference, which is taking place in New Orleans this weekend.  At one point, the reporter interviewed two women who were waiting in line to meet former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. 

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Senator cites the Retirement Income Deficit

Posted by Nancy Hwa on June 06, 2011

In May, Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced S. 1020, the Savings Enhancement by Alleviating Leakage in 401(k) Savings Act of 2011, or SEAL Act.

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Gold-Plated Retirement?

Posted by Kyle Garrett on June 01, 2011

In “The elderly are better off than advertisedWashington Post columnist Robert J. Samuelson attacks what he calls “selective and self-serving statistics” that have been cited by defenders of Social Security and Medicare. According to Samuelson, such statistics are used to oppose cuts in these vital programs and support an “outdated

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