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Applied to Pensions, Risk Is a Four-Letter Word

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While transferring pension-plan peril is appealing, there are some precautions companies should be aware of.

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De-Risking Focuses on Business Issues; Retirement Security a Concern, Critics Say

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After Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. announced earlier this year that they would offer some retired and former employees a one-time opportunity to take lump-sum distributions, pension rights advocates were surprised at how quickly other large employers appeared to follow suit. [PDF]

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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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AT&T Proposes Massive Dump of Company Stock Into Pension

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Brace yourselves, AT&T pensioners. If AT&T has its way, your pension fund will soon be exposed to, in my opinion, imprudent, avoidable investment risks that ERISA, the federal law governing retirement plan assets, was designed to protect against.

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Protecting our benefits

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Are your health and retirement benefits protected? If you're one of the lucky ones who still has a job with benefits, you should be very grateful.

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When a 401(k) Is Locked in the Freezer

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Everyone with a 401(k) knows that bad investments and high fees can threaten their retirement. But what if the company that sponsors your plan goes bankrupt?

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Defending Your 401(k)

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If you think your company may go bankrupt, more than your job is at risk. Your retirement account may also be in jeopardy.

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Annals of dubious research, 401(k) loan-default edition

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Bob Litan, formerly of the Kauffman Foundation and the Brookings Institution, has recently taken up a new job as director of research for Bloomberg Government, where he’s going to have to be transparent and impartial. But one of his last gigs before moving to Bloomberg — a paper on the subject of people borrowing money from their 401(k) accounts — was neither of those things.

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Armed with fee info, plan sponsors bailing on service providers

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Mandated retirement plan fee disclosure has been in effect for only a few weeks, but plan sponsors are already bailing on costly service providers.

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For 401(k)s, Size Matters

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Higher fees? Less scrutiny from the boss? Experts say workers at smaller firms should pay extra attention to their retirement plans.

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