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How the Dream of Retirement Is Becoming a Nightmare

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How bad is it? According to a May 2015 study by the Government Accountability Office on retirement preparedness, half of American households have no retirement savings at all. That’s zero: no 401(k)s, no IRAs, not a dime.

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Your retirement-planning time table [SLIDESHOW]

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It pays to consider the details early—even 15 years ahead

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A Paycheck's Impact on Retirement Income Benefits

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Returning to work can affect Social Security benefits and pension payments, but may also let you turbocharge your nest egg.

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Income, Age Key Factors in Retirement Funding Expectations

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Nonretired Americans' expectations about which sources they will rely on to fund their retirement differ significantly by their annual household income.

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Retirement plan shift is creating a generation of workers unable to retire

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Large U.S. employers continue to eliminate traditional pension plans that pay retired workers a monthly lifetime pension in favor of defined contribution and hybrid plans that offer lump-sum payments at retirement, according to a recent survey HR consulting firm Towers Watson.

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Questions Answered About Pension Plans

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Readers recently submitted questions about pension plans to Mary Williams Walsh, a business reporter for The New York Times who has written about how companies manage their pension plans; what happens when companies go bankrupt; public workers’ pensions and how they may affect state and local finances; and Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy.

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Women face host of obstacles to retirement

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When Jeanne Majors, 63, took an early retirement in December 2005, she assumed that she would pick up a part-time job and be in good financial shape. She didn't know that her future would quickly fall apart.

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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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Weak jobs rate in Michigan may be 'the new normal'

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Labor Day means more than a chance to relax and eat hot dogs. It's also a time to reflect on the challenges facing the American worker. (NOTE: this article also appeared in USA Today.)

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Big Income Losses for Those Near Retirement

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Another reason, besides the housing bust, that Americans nearing retirement age may have suffered most from the financial crisis: The typical American 55 to 64 years old has a household income almost 10 percent less than it was when the recovery officially began three years ago, according to a new report from Sentier Research.

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