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House panel hears multiemployer pension reform ideas

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Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., called for “broad, structural changes” in the multiemployer pension system at a hearing Wednesday of the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions.

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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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401(k) rollover study triggers call for action

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A new Government Accountability Office report highlighting the pitfalls of rolling over 401(k) plan accounts is sparking demand for clearer procedures and stronger consumer protections from companies and the federal government.

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Union-Employer Proposal Would Hit Some Retirees

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A coalition of unions and employers is proposing changes to the federal law that governs the pension plans of about 10 million people, including reducing benefits paid to retirees, the first time in four decades that such cuts would be allowed.

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Fiscal trouble ahead for most future retirees

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For the first time since the New Deal, a majority of Americans are headed toward a retirement in which they will be financially worse off than their parents, jeopardizing a long era of improved living standards for the nation’s elderly, according to a growing consensus of new research.

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Rethinking savings plans as struggling Americans raid 401(k)s

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For too many of Vada Lindsey's lower-income clients, their hard-earned 401(k) accounts become go-to emergency funds when they are faced with unexpected cash needs.

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New Congress offers hope for pension issues

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While wholesale policy changes are not expected in President Barack Obama's second term, some new Capitol Hill assignments have sparked a glimmer of optimism among retirement and investment industry observers.

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Retirement issues likely to dovetail with tax reform in 2013

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The Washington outlook for retirement and investment policy in 2013 can be summed up in one word: revenue.

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Benefit Groups Tailor Policy Agendas To Congressional Lame-Duck Session

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Retirement benefits are front and center on the policy agendas of employee benefit groups as Congress and President Obama negotiate a deal to solve the nation’s fiscal crisis during the final weeks of 2012. [PDF]

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401(k) tax breaks in lawmakers’ gunsights

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Tax reform could change some retirement savers’ plans

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