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On Defined Contribution Plans, U.S. Should Follow Other Countries: Report

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This week U.S. defined contribution plan sponsors received a startling piece of news: At least four countries outside the U.S have better fee disclosure practices than those in the U.S. The report, issued by the General Accounting Office in March, reviewed best practices in hopes of enlightening U.S. retirement plan providers and regulators.

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Think Paperless is the Way to Go? When It Comes to Financial Disclosure, Not Always, Says Coalition

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A group of labor, women’s, minority, and consumer organizations, representing millions of Americans, sent a letter to the Department of Labor (DoL) today, strongly supporting the Department’s current rules regarding how participants receive critical

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Keeping Track of Your Retirement Investments

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Employees are transient. Look at your own life: Even if you’re in your 20s or early 30s, it’s possible you’ve already worked with several different employers. One report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that the boomer group studied held an average of 11 jobs while they were between the ages of 18 and 44.

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Labor Department not deterred in fiduciary rule proposal

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The Labor Department is not going to let push-back from the financial services industry delay its fiduciary rule for advisers who handle retirement plans - but that does not mean the regulation will be out anytime soon.

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Should state government offer a retirement plan for private citizens?

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State government should offer a retirement plan to the increasing number of people whose companies don't provide a pension or a 401(k) savings program, labor groups and other advocates this week told a legislative panel.

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Better Agency Coordination Could Help Small Employers Address Challenges to Plan Sponsorship

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Based on available data, about 14 percent of small employers sponsor some type of retirement plan.

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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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