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Pension Reformers Should Not Promise Freedom From Fiduciary Duties, Borzi Says

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The success of private pension reform will depend on whether proponents can offer models that are more attractive to employers than those available within the current system of private pensions and retirement savings, a senior Department of Labor official said Feb. 22 at a pension event focused on innovation.

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The Pension Health Checkup

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How can you check the health of your pension plan? In the Feb. 11 Conquering Retirement column, we looked at red flags that could show a pension might be at risk. In response, readers concerned about their plan asked for ways to check up on it and ascertain its true value.

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Conference Proposes New Pension Options

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Forum Examines New Retirement Plans to Reduce Risk and Increase Retirement Income

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Cracking Open Today's Retirement Strategies

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The days when workers could count on a comfortable retirement after a lifetime of company devotion are a distant memory for most. Public pension funds across the country teeter on the edge of collapse, and the traditional company pensions that sustained previous generations through their golden years are fading into the sunset.

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Lost Pension Plan Registries in the U.K. and Australia

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In the United States, many retirees face great difficulties in locating their former employers in order to apply for a pension to which they are entitled. At the same time, pension plans have trouble locating prospective pensioners with whom they have lost contact.

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Persistence pays off in finding a lost pension

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With his 65th birthday approaching, Richard Zimmerer started making phone calls about a pension from a job he held until his mid-40s.

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Retirement pros have questions for candidates

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I asked top retirement and aging policy experts this question: "If you could pose one question in a presidential debate to the Republican and Democratic nominees, what would it be?"

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Tax Reform Will Shape Pension Agenda; Significant Regulations Expected in 2012

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Congress will pass no major retirement plan legislation in 2012, but the tax treatment of employment-based retirement benefits almost certainly will be part of any tax code overhaul in 2013—for which ideas and positions will become cemented in 2012— according to practitioners interviewed by BNA.

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Investors Will Scream When They See 401(k) Fees: Lincoln SVP

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The new Department of Labor 401(k) fee disclosure rules that go into effect on April 1 will radically shake up the industry, according to Tom Gonnella, senior vice president of corporate development at Lincoln Trust, who gave six predictions for the defined contribution industry in 2102.

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House Republicans ask DOL to go easy on retirement plans

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More than four dozen Republican House members sent a letter to the Labor Department last Monday urging the agency to tread carefully if it includes individual retirement accounts in a new rule that would expand the definition of “fiduciary” for people providing advice to retirement plans.

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