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Lost Track of an Old 401(k)? Here’s a Plan to Help You Find Your Money

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It’s surprisingly easy to lose track of your retirement savings, leaving them to be eaten up by inflation and fees—or even seized by the state. Americans jump from job to job and, in the rough and tumble of daily life, forget what they’ve left behind.

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The Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act

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This bill sponsored by Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Steve Daines (R-MT) was reintroduced on February 28, 2018 as S. 2474. The new version of the bill adds language that would limit searches by ongoing pension plans for retirees who left their plans before retirement age and have not applied for their benefits.

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Missing Pensions Costly to Retirees

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People who have earned a defined-benefit pension seem to be in an enviable position -- retiring with the promise of a steady income stream for life. But it's not so enviable if the promised benefits don't show up. And an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor is finding that many retirees aren't getting the benefits they've earned.

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The case of the missing pension

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Tracking down a plan from a former employer can be difficult.

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Upper Midwest Pension Rights Project finds "lost" pension plan

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There are many details to keep track of when companies are bought or sold, and sometimes a company's pension plan can fall through the cracks. The company Jack* was employed by for more than 20 years was sold and later spun off into an independent entity. Jack had kept track of the company so he knew where to go when it is was time for him to claim his pension.

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How to search for lost pension money

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Dear Savvy Senior: What tips can you offer for tracking down a lost pension from a previous employer?

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Got a pension? Act now to save it

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If you were among the 15.7 million private-sector workers with a traditional defined benefit pension plan in the U.S. in 2012, now might be good time to stop counting your blessings.

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Pensions lost and (hopefully) found

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Imagine earning a pension after many years of hard work with a company. Then you leave your employer before retiring and without claiming your pension. When you reach retirement age, you expect to be able to start receiving that pension but you are unable to find the employer or the plan. Your pension plan is “lost”.

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Taking Charge: You can get help unraveling your pension benefits

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The New England Pension Assistance Project is featured in this column, in which a reader asks for advice on getting information on his or her retirement plans.

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Your retirement-planning time table [SLIDESHOW]

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It pays to consider the details early—even 15 years ahead

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