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401(k) plans regaining steam

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It’s not just jobs that have been slow to come back during the economy’s spastic recovery from the Great Recession. About half of the U.S. companies that suspended contributions to their employees’ retirement savings after 2008 haven’t restored them yet.

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Proposed Regulations on Target Date Funds (January 14, 2011)

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The Department of Labor has proposed regulations on "target date" funds.  If adopted, the proposed regulations would require 401(k) plans to give employees more information about a type of mutual fund that changes the percentage of stocks and bonds held in the fund as people grow older.

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Give all Americans a secure retirement

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Thanks to the big expansion of Social Security in the 1970s and the growth of employer pension plans, many Americans have retired, grown old and still managed to remain part of the middle class. But the system is eroding because of the change in the way pensions are delivered.

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Retirement Looms: Time to Get Nervous

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Now that baby boomers are starting to hit the official retirement age, they face a variety of financial headaches that previous generations avoided

 

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Two simple ideas for improving DC plans

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There are two proposed pieces of legislation sitting in Congress that would seem to be no-brainers for helping people save for retirement and helping advisers help their clients.

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Final 401(k) Fee Disclosure Regulations

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On October 20, 2010, the Department of Labor issued final regulations that require private retirement savings plans, such as 401(k)s, to tell employees how much they are being charged in record-keeping, investment management and other fees.

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Baby boomers nearing 65 with retirements in jeopardy

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Through a combination of procrastination and bad timing, many baby boomers are facing a personal finance disaster just as they're hoping to retire.

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Those nearing retirement face challenges

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All of us would like to retire with enough money to live comfortably. But many baby boomers who are nearing retirement face economic disaster because of failed investments, plummeting home prices and waning pension plans

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Companies That Have Changed or Temporarily Suspended Their 401(k) Matching Contributions

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Below is a list of employers that have announced plans to reduce or suspend matching contributions to their employees' 401(k) and other defined contribution plan accounts since June 2008. For details on each company's decision, click the employer's name to see the company's press release or news story announcing the change.

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We shouldn't settle for a 'C' in retirement

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For the second consecutive year, the Australian Centre for Financial Studies and human resources consulting firm Mercer have issued the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index, which compares retirement income systems of several different nations and rates them based on their "adequacy, sustainability, and integrity." 

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