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What's in a Name?

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At the Pension Rights Center, we deal with a lot of technical language that can be puzzling to people who don’t work on retirement income issues.  But the meaning of words is important, even if you don’t use them every day, and, when it comes to the law, a word’s meaning can make all the difference.

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DC plan fee disclosure rules delayed

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Defined contribution plan providers got a reprieve Friday on new fee disclosure rules after the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration pushed back the applicability date to Jan. 1, 2012.

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3 Ways to Conquer Pension Envy

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The haves and have-nots in retirement could be defined by who has access to a traditional pension. Those with an employer-sponsored traditional pension will get guaranteed payments for life, while everyone else must depend on their own saving and investing savvy.

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DC group wants 401(k) deferral ceiling axed

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A defined contribution industry group wants to remove a 10% cap on automatic escalation deferral rates for 401(k) plan participants.

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New Fee Disclosure Rules: No Threat to Mutual Fund Providers

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Mutual fund providers are expecting to make a largely smooth transition when new fee and disclosure requirement take effect for firms that sell investment products into the 401(k) and 403(b) plan markets.

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Definition of the Term ‘‘Fiduciary’’ (February 3, 2011)

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The Department of Labor has proposed a regulation expanding the definition of the term "fiduciary".

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‘New Normal’ for Retirement: Get a Job

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Middle-class Americans need more help than they realize in planning for retirement, according to the results of a survey from Wells Fargo & Co.

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401(k) Plans: Improved Regulation Could Better Protect Participants from Conflicts of Interest

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Recent volatility in financial markets highlights the need for prudent investment decisions if 401(k) plans are to provide an adequate source of retirement income. While plan sponsors and participants may receive help in assessing their investment choices, concerns have been raised about the impartiality of the advice provided.

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9 Retirement Benefit Changes Coming in 2011

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Many employers are planning to tweak their retirement benefits this year. Nearly 70 percent of firms plan to review their 401(k) and pension programs and potentially make changes in 2011, according to an Aon Hewitt survey of 210 companies employing 6.2 million workers.

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More At Risk of Missing Retirement Goals

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A greater number of U.S. households are at risk of falling short of money in retirement because of the housing and financial crisis, according to a report.

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