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Have 401(k)s Failed Participants?

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Experts argue merits, areas for improvement to 401(k) plans

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A crucial step toward retirement security for the working class

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The state has launched a plan to enable low-wage earners to put aside 3% of their pay for retirement. But it's going to take more than two years to get it going.

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The Road to Retirement

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Even before the Great Recession, Americans were not saving enough, if anything, for retirement, and policy experts were warning of a looming catastrophe. The economic downturn and its consequences — including losses in jobs, income, investments and home equity — have made that bad situation much worse.

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Should the 401(k) Be Reformed or Replaced?

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John Greene worked for 30 years at an Oscar Mayer plant in Madison, Wis., deboning hams and loading boxes of hot dogs. His plan grew to $60,000, and soon after retiring he began withdrawing $3,600 a year from it, money that allowed him and his wife to take what he called a wondrous two-week trip to Scotland, his ancestral homeland.

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Why you may retire in poverty

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Are you going to retire in poverty? Today's seniors are more affluent than the general population. But the generations that follow them - starting with the baby boom generation - will not be as fortunate. The decline of pensions, the erosion of Social Security and the housing crash all are pointing toward a new crisis of poverty among lower- and middle-class seniors in the years ahead.

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Harkin's retirement plan proposal is a hit

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Sen. Tom Harkin's proposal for a universal private retirement system with professional money management was praised by several pension experts as a first step in addressing ways to improve retirement security.

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Sen. Harkin Outlines Pension Proposal Based on Privately Trusteed Hybrid Model

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Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) released a retirement security proposal July 27, saying he will formally introduce legislation next year but that he wants candidates to debate the proposal during congressional and presidential campaigns this fall.

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Pension Rights Center Applauds Senator Harkin for Bold Proposal to Solve Nation’s Retirement Crisis

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Today the Pension Rights Center applauded Senator Tom Harkin, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, for his new report, The Retirement Crisis and a Plan to Solve It.

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3% deferral rate for 401(k)s not nearly enough: Mary Beth Franklin

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Says employers need to at least triple standard salary set-aside for workers

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The Future of Retirement? 401(k)s That Look Like Old-Fashioned Pensions

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One of the biggest flaws in most people’s retirement plan is something that previous generations rarely worried about: monthly income guaranteed for life. But the fix is in, and before long your 401(k) may look a lot more like your dad’s pension.

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