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How to Fix the 401(k): Five Suggestions for Giving Workers a More-Secure Retirement

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The 401(k) is in need of a tuneup. Originally designed to supplement pension plans, 401(k)s have become the primary retirement-savings vehicle for many employees.

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Private sector pension de-risking and participant protections

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On Nov. 5, 2013, the ERISA Advisory Council submitted findings and recommendations on pension de-risking to the Secretary of Labor. Pension de-risking transactions have received a lot of attention lately, both in the media and among sponsors of defined benefit pension plans.

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Your retirement planning checklist

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Many who are planning their retirement need someplace to start — a list to begin their thinking. The information in this article is just such a list and includes links to relevant content to help in this planning.

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Boeing's Pension Scale Back Is a Sign of the Coming Times

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The past week has brought two ultimately related pieces of news. Boeing announced it would freeze pensions for 68,000 non-union workers and move them into a 401(k)-style retirement plan, according to Bloomberg. The change starts in 2016 and is intended to cut costs, according to the report.

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The Best 401(k)s Set a Higher Bar for Others

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Every December for five years, BrightScope, a financial research firm based in San Diego, has published a list of the top 30 401(k) plans. These standouts provide, among other qualities, generous company contributions, quick access to that corporate money, low fees and a wide array of investment options.

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The Activist Awards

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Suppose our country had another Academy Awards gala for citizen heroes – those tiny numbers of Americans who are working successfully fulltime in nonprofit groups to advance access to justice, general operations of our faltering democratic society, and the health, safety, and economic well-being of all citizens.

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House Democrats Seek Dialogue With DOL On Conflict-of-Interest Rule Re-Proposal

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Thirty House Democrats have requested to have a "dialogue" with Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez about the agency’s re-proposal of the rules expanding the definition of fiduciary before the rules are submitted to the Office of Management and Budget.

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Fiduciary Rules, Lifetime Income Illustrations, Disclosures Top Practitioners’ DOL Concerns

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The Department of Labor’s re-proposed fiduciary rule is likely to stir up a great deal of practitioner interest in 2014, along with the department’s projects on disclosures and lifetime income illustrations, practitioners told Bloomberg BNA.

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Timing of Fiduciary Rule for Retirement Plans Questioned

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If you have a 401(k) or other retirement plan, you may be waiting even longer before new government standards are imposed that require your financial adviser to act in your best interest.

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House Democrats urge caution on DOL fiduciary-duty rule

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A group of 30 House Democrats has warned Labor Secretary Thomas Perez that a pending rule that would raise investment advice standards for retirement-plan advisers could hurt investors with modest assets.

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