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This week’s other huge (but little-noticed) fight: Wall Street’s newest scheme

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While we're all distracted, a quiet battle this week could seriously affect your finances. Here's what's at stake

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Target date funds drive up 401(k) fees

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Final language being hammered out on new fee disclosure rules for 401(k) funds will hopefully put pressure on plan sponsors to take a hard look at the double-layering of fees by target date mutual funds.

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The Search For Missing 401(k) Money

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There are tens of thousands of workers who are due lost 401(k) money, but there is no one central depository where you can look for what’s rightfully yours.

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Groups Say Lifetime Income Guidance Should Be Flexible, Provide Protections

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Any guidance promulgated by the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration on lifetime income illustrations should be optional for retirement plans and provide fiduciary protections, retirement and financial industry groups say in comment letters.

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How much monthly income will that 401(k) get you?

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If you think figuring out how much money to put into your retirement savings accounts is complex, wait until it's time to take money out.

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401(k)s are a sham

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Duped by a DIY retirement dream, the elderly now face staggeringly low living standards

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Labor secretary's job might be new, but his plate is full

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Thomas Perez, the new secretary of labor, will have little time to make an immediate imprint on retirement issues as he inherits the already packed regulatory agenda of the Employee Benefits Security Administration, including a controversial new fiduciary rule.

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High Anxiety: The Nonprofit Sector's Retirement Problems

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When you ask employees at nonprofit organizations about job satisfaction, more often than not they will give you a positive response; for these mission-oriented workers, purpose is paramount. When asked about their plans for retirement, however, nonprofit employees express insecurity and uncertainty about the future.

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Claim That 401(k)s Beat Defined Benefit Plans Stirs Controversy

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A basic — and increasingly nostalgic — assumption in the private pension world has long been that the financial payouts of defined benefit plans are much better than those of defined contribution plans, and it’s too bad that defined benefit plans seem to be heading for extinction.

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Congress should protect investors, not undermine them

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In 1975, when the U.S. Department of Labor issued a rule defining who is an investment advisor under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Vietnam War had just ended,  Steve Jobs was tinkering around his dad’s garage, and Angelina Jolie was barely in diapers.

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