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New Rule Signals Kiss of Death for Pensions

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A little known rule change that allows companies to contribute fewer dollars to pension funds is signaling just how meaningless the retirement vehicle has become.

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Borrowing against the future with a 401(k) loan

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Thinking about taking a loan from your 401(k) plan? Think again. It’s no secret that many Americans were hit hard and are still struggling to recover from the financial crisis. Even those who weren’t laid off or downsized during the recent recession may think of their 401(k) accounts as piggy banks instead of the retirement plans that they are.

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PBGC holding $300 million in unclaimed pension benefits

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At a time when many Americans are worried about saving enough for retirement, nearly $300 million in pension benefits has gone unclaimed by U.S. workers and retirees.

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State-run pension plans growing for private sector

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Many states are considering implementing a new type of pension plan for private-sector workers that uses the efficiencies of the state run public retirement systems to administer them, according to the Pension Rights Center.

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How Divorcing Women Should Handle Retirement Accounts and Pension Plans

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When you’re a woman who’s 50+ and divorcing, there’s no question that retirement accounts, pension plans and social security will factor significantly into your divorce settlement agreement –but even if you’re not nearing retirement age, the same is likely true.

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Tax credit a benefit for lower-income workers

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Lower-income workers can get a little-known tax credit worth up to $1,000 each year if they contribute to an individual retirement account or workplace plan such as a 401(k), 403(b) or 457.

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How You Can Protect Your Pension Benefits

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Reports of the death of the traditional pension, as with concerns about Social Security, have been greatly exaggerated, to borrow Mark Twain's famous phrase.

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Half of Non-retirees Question if Employer Plans are Adequate

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According to a recent survey from Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, 51% of non-retirees now question whether 401(k), 403(b), and 457 plans are adequate ways to save for retirement.

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Why 401(k) plans will fall short for most Americans

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It’s time to end the fraudulent notion that 401(k)-type plans are adequate retirement vehicles for most Americans.

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Retirement Plans Don’t Have to Give You a Cash Option

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The recent wild swings of the stock market had a lot of investors seeking the safety of cash, at least temporarily. One Bucks reader wrote to lament that the retirement plan offered by his former employer, a large not-for-profit institution, lacked what he deemed suitable options for putting investments in cash.

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