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Companies that are offering lump-sum pension buyouts

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Note: This list is updated on an ongoing basis.

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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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Decision on pension payout will last a lifetime

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Take the money or wait? That’s the $90,402 question The New York Times Co. has put to me as it offers to buy out my right to the lifelong monthly pension I earned when the parent of the Times newspaper also owned the Globe.

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Pension cuts helped keep the government open, but they hurt many retired women

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On Nov. 14, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. reported that 200 of the 1,400 multi-employer plans covering 1 million participants are at risk of failing within the next decade. The PBGC is worried about this because it becomes responsible for the pension obligations of these failed plans.

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March: Women's History Month -- and the Winter of Our Retirement Discontent

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I typically associate the month of March with the taming of the winter just about now, when spring flowers begin to sprout, and we look forward to new beginnings. However, the month is also “Women’s History Month” – a time to celebrate women’s accomplishments in this country so that can appreciate and understand where women have made progress – and where we continue to lag, even in 2014.

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"I am not Margaret Mead" [VIDEO]

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Karen Friedman appears in this video about women and retirement that the Service Employees International Union created for Women's History Month.

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Should I take my pension's lump sum offer?

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I have not started collecting my pension yet. I do not know whether to take a lump sum or take monthly checks from my 25 years of service with a well-known company. What are the risks?

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Another look at living independently in retirement

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Living independently is a goal for many who are approaching or thinking about retirement. While most people don't expect to move to a gated retirement community with a golf-course, they do hope to have adequate financial resources to live modestly and with dignity. How much will they need?

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Decline in pension plans leaves many Ohioans unprepared

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Fewer Ohio businesses are offering defined-benefit pension plans, as employers attempt to reduce future funding obligations and shift retirement liabilities to workers.

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Women face host of obstacles to retirement

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When Jeanne Majors, 63, took an early retirement in December 2005, she assumed that she would pick up a part-time job and be in good financial shape. She didn't know that her future would quickly fall apart.

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