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Congress approves pension measure that could cut benefits for many retirees

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Glenn Zichler worked 30 years driving a bread truck around St. Louis before retiring. Now, he may be facing a sharp cut in his $33,600 annual pension. A provision just approved by Congress would let troubled multi-employer pension plans cut benefits for current retirees.

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Financial planning issues wrapped into government spending bill?

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Members of Congress are considering adding provisions to the government spending bill that would impact at least two crucial issues for financial advisers: the DOL's action on fiduciary duty and the right of pensions to cut benefits.

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The Most Important Symbol for Investors Is 'DOL'

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Many investors are glued the financial news, tracking the latest reports about interest rates, earnings reports and stock movements. They believe this kind of intense focus will help them maximize returns. They couldn't be more wrong.

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Senators’ De-Risking Letter Adds Weight To Growing Issue, Concerns, Observers Say

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A recent letter sent by two Senate Democratic committee leaders asking several federal agencies to develop regulatory policy on de-risking pension plans adds some heft to the issue, but there are already some regulatory provisions in the law addressing their concerns, practitioners said.

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Broad-Based Coalition Pushes For Updates To Retirement-Plan Advice

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A broad-based coalition of labor unions and consumer protection groups has reiterated its support for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to update, strengthen and clarify rules around advice provided to workers saving through retirement plans.

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ERISA at 40

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The landmark legislation that promised security in retirement has fallen far short of its expectations

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Speakers Tell Council DOL Guidance Needed To Boost Savers’ Lifetime Income Options

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A combination of guidance and online tools from the DOL on lifetime income would help retirement plan participants make good decisions about their retirement funds and investments, a speaker told the ERISA Advisory Council.

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Offering State-Sponsored IRAs to Private-Sector Workers

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California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon’s “second mother,” his Aunt Francisca, spent most of her 74-plus years cleaning houses for people who had pensions through their employers or were wealthy enough to set aside money in their own retirement accounts.

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Retirees Suffer as 401(k) Rollover Boom Enriches Brokers

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Kathleen Tarr says AT&T Inc. employees looked to her as “their de facto 401(k) expert.” Visiting their homes and offices, she advised them on their retirement plans as they called up balances on computer screens. Actually, Tarr worked for Royal Alliance Associates, a brokerage firm owned by insurer American International Group Inc. (AIG).

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