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Is a 401(k) match really “free money”?

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This week’s issue of Time features an article by Stephen Gandel called “How 401(k)s Make Many Americans Poorer.” It sheds light on a new study conducted by the Urban Institute and published by the Center for Retirement Research. The study finds that employees at companies that provide an employer match to 401(k) contributions tend to have lower salaries than employees at companies that do not contribute to employee retirement plans.

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The Anxious Generation

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Stressed-out Americans over 50 wonder if they’re ever going to be able to retire. They worry that the Great Recession will have a lasting impact on their security.

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Retirement Roulette

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Saving for retirement used to be as simple as showing up for work. Now it’s rife with contingencies—and success is all on you.

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[UPDATED] American Airlines’ bankruptcy – what does it mean for its pensions?

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No doubt you’ve heard that American Airlines has filed for bankruptcy. The airline has four underfunded pension plans, and their fate is the source of much speculation. Despite meetings the company has held with employees to discuss their pensions, workers remain concerned.

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We're Not Ready: More Bad News About Retirement

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The idea of retirement in America is becoming increasingly far removed from the idyllic notion of our "golden years." For many, it's now just another source of worry, despair and resignation.

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Have seniors gotten rich at the expense of young adults?

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You might think so if you read some recent stories in the news about wealth differences among generations. But you may want to think again.

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SunTrust latest large company to freeze pensions

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SunTrust Banks will freeze its employee pension plan at year’s end, following a cost-cutting move pursued in recent years by several companies.

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"Retirement Heist: Overlooked Causes of the Retirement Crisis."

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On Monday, the Pension Rights Center, the New America Foundation, and AARP hosted a discussion, "Retirement Heist: Overlooked Causes of the Retirement Crisis." The forum centered on investigative journalist Ellen Schultz’s new book, Retirement Heist, which we’ve mentioned before. Speakers included the author herself, Assistant Labor Secretary Phyllis Borzi, David Certner of AARP, Don Fuerst of the American Academy of Actuaries, Michael Calabrese of the New America Foundation, and our own director, Karen Ferguson

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Pension Red Alert: 70% Of Pensions Are Never Audited

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Chances are that your pension or 401k plan has never been audited. No one’s checking annually to see if the money’s really there. Worried yet? It should freak you out, in my opinion. According to regulators, seventy percent of the nation’s pensions have never been audited.

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Half of Non-retirees Question if Employer Plans are Adequate

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According to a recent survey from Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, 51% of non-retirees now question whether 401(k), 403(b), and 457 plans are adequate ways to save for retirement.

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