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Account Balances, Not Participation, Called Best Measure of Retirement Plan Success

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Auto-enrollment is beneficial, but not the only answer to improved outcomes, Diversified says.

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Senate Panel Hears Sharp Disagreement on Improving Retirement Savings

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Proposals ranged from substantial changes in the current system to adjustments that would not alter it drastically

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Baucus Urges Minimizing Costs in Retirement Savings Proposals

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Proposals seeking to increase workers’ retirement savings by making adjustments to the U.S. tax code should weigh the costs of such shifts, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said in a hearing held by the panel in Washington.

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401(k) Law Suppresses Saving for Retirement

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A 2006 law designed to boost employees' retirement-savings is having the opposite effect for some people.

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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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ERISA Class-Action Suits Shape U.S. Retirement Future

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In the absence of a national retirement policy, litigators in the courts — not lawmakers — have played an outsize role in shaping America’s retirement future. Why? Participant-directed defined contribution plans, most often 401(k)s, did not exist as mainstream retirement schemes when ERISA was created.

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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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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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