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Retirement savings tax breaks face scrutiny

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For many Americans, it’s the first order of business when they visit the HR department at a new job: enrolling in the 401(k) plan.

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Retirement Benefits Headed for the Cliff?

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Tax benefits for employee retirement plans could end up on the chopping block as Congress and the White House seek ways to raise federal revenue, experts fear.

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No need for new DC plan

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Sen. Tom Harkin, R-Iowa, proposes to improve pension coverage and retirement security by building a chair. That is, he would add a fourth leg to the shaky proverbial three-legged stool that defines the current retirement system to shore it up.

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De-Risking Focuses on Business Issues; Retirement Security a Concern, Critics Say

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After Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. announced earlier this year that they would offer some retired and former employees a one-time opportunity to take lump-sum distributions, pension rights advocates were surprised at how quickly other large employers appeared to follow suit. [PDF]

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Pension Rights Center to Ask Congress For a Moratorium on Pension Cash-Outs

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The Pension Rights Center will ask Congress to place a moratorium on large employers offering to cash out the pension benefits of current and former employees and retirees, the pension rights group said in an Oct. 18 news release. [PDF]

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Pension Rights Center asks for moratorium on lump sum and annuity derisking

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The Pension Rights Center wants Congress to impose a moratorium on derisking moves by corporate defined benefit plans, including lump-sum buyouts and annuity contracts, while the impact on retirees is studied.

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Pension advocacy group calls for temporary halt to lump sum buyouts

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Spinning off pension liabilities may help investors, but hurt retirees.

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Pension Rights Center wants Congress to put moratorium on pension plan de-risking

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A consumer group says it plans to ask Congress to impose a moratorium on pension plan de-risking approaches to give lawmakers time to examine the implications of de-risking on plan participants.

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Pension Rights Center Questions Pension Buy-Outs

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Congress should impose moratorium until policymakers consider risks to plan participants, center says.

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“De-Risking” Pensions Could be Risky to Pensioners

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WASHINGTON -- In the wake of moves by several large companies to “de-risk” their traditional pension plans, the Pension Rights Center is calling for a moratorium on such actions until Congress can look into the risks posed by these strategies to workers and retirees.

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