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Young workers’ retirement hopes grow bleaker amid economic downturn

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The economic downturn is pressing more employers to reduce pension benefits and significantly delaying when people launch their careers, darkening the already bleak picture that young workers face in saving for retirement.

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The Road to Retirement

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Even before the Great Recession, Americans were not saving enough, if anything, for retirement, and policy experts were warning of a looming catastrophe. The economic downturn and its consequences — including losses in jobs, income, investments and home equity — have made that bad situation much worse.

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Should the 401(k) Be Reformed or Replaced?

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John Greene worked for 30 years at an Oscar Mayer plant in Madison, Wis., deboning hams and loading boxes of hot dogs. His plan grew to $60,000, and soon after retiring he began withdrawing $3,600 a year from it, money that allowed him and his wife to take what he called a wondrous two-week trip to Scotland, his ancestral homeland.

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Pension plans keep more retirees out of poverty, reduce reliance on public assistance

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Study: Defined-benefit pensions not only aid seniors but also provide a public service

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How fees can chew up a chunk of your 401(k)

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What you don't know can hurt you. In fact, it can hurt you a lot. So when you get a letter about your 401(k) or 403(b) from your benefits office at work this month or next, look at it.

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Working Late, by Choice or Not

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A record 7.2 million Americans age 65 and older are working — double the number 15 years ago — partly because many older Americans love to work and partly because many feel too financially squeezed to retire.

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Don't ignore retirement insecurity

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When American Airlines went into bankruptcy in November, our phones started ringing. I'm with the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. We insure private pensions, and American told its 130,000 employees that they would lose theirs. They called us to ask what would happen: What would they get when they retire?

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Retiree benefit cuts a given; which ones?

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Retiree benefits aren't as secure as they used to be, as auto and airline workers and others have learned in recent years.

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Retirement pros have questions for candidates

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I asked top retirement and aging policy experts this question: "If you could pose one question in a presidential debate to the Republican and Democratic nominees, what would it be?"

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Older Americans are not 'living the high life' despite study's findings

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A Pew Research Center study gives a distorted view of how elders are faring in today's economy.

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