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“Retail Investor Protection Act” Does Not Protect Investors: Coalition

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The controversial “Retail Investor Protection Act, recently introduced by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO), is gaining opposition from coalitions set on protecting investor interests.

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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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Employees Throwing Away Free Money?

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PRC Legal Director Rebecca Davis is interviewed on CNBC's "Closing Bell" about the barriers some people may experience when relying on 401(k) plans to save for retirement.

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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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Should the 401(k) Be Reformed or Replaced?

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John Greene worked for 30 years at an Oscar Mayer plant in Madison, Wis., deboning hams and loading boxes of hot dogs. His plan grew to $60,000, and soon after retiring he began withdrawing $3,600 a year from it, money that allowed him and his wife to take what he called a wondrous two-week trip to Scotland, his ancestral homeland.

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4 Countries with Better 401(k) Plans than the United States

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The United States isn't the only country that encourages workers to use retirement accounts to save for the future. Some other countries provide retirement accounts similar to 401(k)s that offer clearer disclosures, simpler investments, and lower costs than most retirement plans in the United States.

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Is It Time to Rethink 401(k)s?

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Like the proverbial elephant, the view of 401(k) plans depends on which part of the retirement beast you're looking at. Started 30 years ago as a largely self-directed investment companion to traditional pensions, 401(k)s have been forced to grow up and become the nation's primary private retirement-savings vehicle.

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The retirement savings crisis

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The state of retirement savings in America is in big trouble. According to Fidelity Investments, the average 401(k) balance among its 11.8 million accounts increased to $74,600 at the end of the first quarter 2012, a 62 percent increase since the end of the first quarter 2009. While it's good news that balances are up, the number of accounts is alarmingly low for such an industry giant.

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Median 401(k) Balance Down to $23,000

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At the peak of his retirement savings, around 2006, John Taylor had about $66,000 in his employer-sponsored 401(k) -- until the recession and a chain of unexpected events drained his fund completely.

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Think Paperless is the Way to Go? When It Comes to Financial Disclosure, Not Always, Says Coalition

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A group of labor, women’s, minority, and consumer organizations, representing millions of Americans, sent a letter to the Department of Labor (DoL) today, strongly supporting the Department’s current rules regarding how participants receive critical

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