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The $19.4 trillion minute

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There comes a moment in a retiring worker's life when he has to decide what to do with the money in his 401(k) plan.

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New Congress offers hope for pension issues

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While wholesale policy changes are not expected in President Barack Obama's second term, some new Capitol Hill assignments have sparked a glimmer of optimism among retirement and investment industry observers.

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Retirement issues likely to dovetail with tax reform in 2013

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The Washington outlook for retirement and investment policy in 2013 can be summed up in one word: revenue.

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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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Harkin's retirement plan proposal is a hit

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Sen. Tom Harkin's proposal for a universal private retirement system with professional money management was praised by several pension experts as a first step in addressing ways to improve retirement security.

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Sen. Harkin Outlines Pension Proposal Based on Privately Trusteed Hybrid Model

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Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) released a retirement security proposal July 27, saying he will formally introduce legislation next year but that he wants candidates to debate the proposal during congressional and presidential campaigns this fall.

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Sen. Harkin proposes retirement plan revamp, Social Security fix

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Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, on Friday proposed a way to bolster retirement savings at work, plus a series of improvements to Social Security.

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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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Our Ridiculous Approach to Retirement

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I work on retirement policy, so friends often want to talk about their own retirement plans and prospects. While I am happy to have these conversations, my friends usually walk away feeling worse — for good reason.

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