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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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Energy Future Holdings to terminate employee pension plan

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Energy Future Holdings said Tuesday that it will terminate pension plans for many of its employees, offering them lump-sum payments or annuities rather than a promise of future benefits.

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4 Ways to Fix the 401k Mess

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Recently, InvestorPlace Editor Jeff Reeves discussed the plight of older Americans regarding their retirement savings — or lack thereof. He cites an Aon Hewitt report showing that the average 60-year-old has $114,500 in his or her 401k, which provides approximately $4,600 per year over a 25-year period.

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Fewer Employers Match Defined Contribution Plan Deposits: SHRM Analysis

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The percentage of employers that match employees’ contributions to defined contribution plans has declined since 2008, according to data released this week at the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2012 Conference and Exhibition in Atlanta.

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3% deferral rate for 401(k)s not nearly enough: Mary Beth Franklin

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Says employers need to at least triple standard salary set-aside for workers

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As Dewey Collapses, Partners and Retirees Face Big Financial Losses

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For the law partners at Dewey & LeBoeuf, losing their jobs may be the least of their worries. They are likely to lose the money they were required to invest in the firm. They could lose their pensions.

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What Will Replace the 401(k)?

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The venerable 401(k) has been under fire since the recession. Here's what could replace it.

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

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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.

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Required Reading: How 401(k)s Make Many Americans Poorer

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One of the most widely dispensed, and universally accepted, pieces of financial advice is that you should contribute at least enough to your 401(k) to get the full match from your company. If you don’t, so the wisdom goes, you will be giving up free money. Well, it turns out that money isn’t exactly “free.” In a sense, it’s actually coming right out of your paycheck.

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Retirement Roulette

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Saving for retirement used to be as simple as showing up for work. Now it’s rife with contingencies—and success is all on you.

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