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What is Recoupment?

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Updated: July 2015


I received a letter from my pension plan stating that it has been overpaying me. The letter says that the plan is going to reduce my monthly payments and that I will also have to pay an additional amount to the plan. What can I do?

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Should you take your pension as a lump sum?

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Updated: August 2015

Some companies have offered to cash out the pensions of certain retirees and former employees and instead give them a one-time lump-sum payment.

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Keep an Eye on Finances During a Divorce

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Divorce at any age will send tremors through your finances. But when it comes later in life, it's sure to upend even the best-laid financial plans.

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GM's pension move is a lemon

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Last week, General Motors announced that it will offer 42,000 of its salaried retirees the opportunity to take their lifetime monthly pension benefits as a one-time lump-sum payment.

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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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AMR Bankruptcy Upends (Family) Financial Planning

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The recent bankruptcy filing by American Airlines' parent, AMR Corp., cast clouds over the best-laid financial plans of many of the carrier's employees. Among the issues up in the air: pensions, benefits and job security.

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Analysis: Pension woes are complicating retirement

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Deteriorating conditions in the pension system are jeopardizing the lump sum payouts workers count on, and pushing some workers to retire ahead of schedule.

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Is Your Pension at Risk?

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How's your pension these days? Are you worried about its health? If so, you're not the only one.

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Do You Have a Pension You Don't Know About?

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Late last year, Vicki and Dale Lloyd opted to begin receiving pension benefits after 57-year-old Dale was diagnosed with cancer. After careful consideration the pair decided that a 75 percent distribution was the best option to meet their financial needs.

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