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President Obama calls for new consumer protections

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At a briefing hosted by AARP yesterday, I had the privilege of watching President Obama announce his support for a proposed rule to put a brake on conflicts of interest in investment advice for retirement acco

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The facts about church pension plans

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Almost all private retirement plans are required to comply with federal pension and tax laws. There is only one major exception: Church pension plans. Employees covered by church pension plans are denied the basic protections provided to virtually all other private-sector workers who participate in pension plans.

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An unusual victory for the Mid-Atlantic Pension Counseling Project

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When Carol Cascio’s husband suddenly died of a heart attack at age 52, her husband's pension plan told her that she would receive a survivor’s benefit in three years, when her husband would have been eligible for early retirement had he lived. The benefit would be based on the pension her husband had earned during his 33 years of work at a local supermarket.

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Motor City Madness

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You’ve probably already heard that a judge has decided to allow the city of Detroit to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, which would make the Motor City the largest municipality in the country to do so. The judge also ruled that pensions for the city’s workers and retirees can be cut as part of the bankruptcy process. Not surprisingly, the Pension Rights Center is appalled by this decision.

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Spouses deserve an equal voice in retirement decisions

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Preparing for retirement is a bit like competing in a marathon. It’s long and hard, and it requires a steady pace. It also requires information about the course ahead.

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Congress should protect investors, not undermine them

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In 1975, when the U.S. Department of Labor issued a rule defining who is an investment advisor under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Vietnam War had just ended,  Steve Jobs was tinkering around his dad’s garage, and Angelina Jolie was barely in diapers.

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State Retirement System Rules on “Spousal Consent”

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Does your husband or wife work in a job covered by a state retirement system? If so, it is important for you to know if you have a say in whether you will receive a pension if you outlive your spouse.

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A New Chapter of Pension Plan Woes

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Pensions used to be a reliable stream of retirement income, but these twists and turns could put a pension benefit in jeopardy.

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Saint Peter's University Hospital Retirement Plan: Responses to statements made in the February 24, 2012 letter and accompanying Q&A

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This document is a direct response to the letter and Q&A sent out by Saint Peter's University Hospital CEO Ronald Rac.

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Saint Peter's University Hospital Retirement Plan: The law and the facts

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In a letter dated February 24, 2012 to all Saint Peter's University Hospital Retirement Plan participants, Ronald C.

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