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The role for DC plans in the public sector

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In the wake of the financial crisis, policymakers have been chattering about moving to defined contribution (DC) plans in the public sector. Defined contribution plans may well have a role in the public sector, but not as an alternative to defined benefit (DB) plans.

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Big Banks Go After 401(k) Trillions

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JPMorgan Chase, BofA, and Wells Fargo are gearing up to compete with Fidelity and Vanguard to administer retirement plans

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All About Pensions: Private Sector

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Robert Hiltonsmith, policy analyst at Demos, and author of their report The Failure of the 401(k)looks at the current state of private sector retirement plans and what alternatives there are to the 401(k) deferred savings plan.

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Labor Department Weighs New Definition of ‘Fiduciary’

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For the first time in 35 years, Labor Department officials are exploring whether they should change the definition of ‘fiduciary’. The agency wants to make the change so it can better protect the rights of participants, but the benefits community doesn’t see it that way.

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All About Pensions: Status Report

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Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, professor at Carroll School of Management, and former assistant secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy is joined by John Turner, director of of the Pension Policy

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401(k) matches missing for many

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Many companies, including ones with El Paso operations, stopped or reduced company dollar matches to employees' 401(k) savings plans during the recession as company revenues declined.

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Face It. 401(k)s are a Failure

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The first wave of attacks on public sector unions has highlighted the issue of pensions in the U.S. 

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5 ways to revive pensions in the private sector

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Can anything be done to bring back the Great American Pension in Corporate America, where it’s an endangered species?

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At DOL Hearing, Officials Seek Answers About Value of Investment Advice Disclaimers

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Department of Labor officials asked panelists during hearings March 1 and 2 whether requiring certain conflicts of interest involving investment advisers to be fully disclosed would be as effective at protecting retirement plans, participants, and beneficiaries as prohibiting those conflicts of interest.  Reproduced with permission from BNA Pension & Benefits Reporter, 38 BPR 459 (Mar.

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Sen. Harkin: New retirement scheme hinges on advisers

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A congressional leader sees a key role for investment advisers in his vision for reform of the retirement system.

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