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Retirement issues likely to dovetail with tax reform in 2013

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The Washington outlook for retirement and investment policy in 2013 can be summed up in one word: revenue.

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Applied to Pensions, Risk Is a Four-Letter Word

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While transferring pension-plan peril is appealing, there are some precautions companies should be aware of.

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Companies that are offering lump-sum pension buyouts

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One of the most recent developments in the defined benefit pension plan field is the move of employers to offer certain plan participants, especially former employees not yet receiving benefits, the opportunity to convert their future monthly annuity into a cash lump-sum payment.

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New law gives US companies a break on pensions

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A new law will let companies contribute billions of dollars less to their workers' pension funds, raising concerns about weakening the plans that millions of Americans count on for retirement.

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Pension legislation winner: Uncle Sam

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As executives at corporate defined benefit plans figure out whether they gained more than they lost in pension legislation approved by Congress June 29, one clear winner emerges: Uncle Sam.

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Pension legislation does not go far enough: PBGC director

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Legislation that will sharply increase premiums that employers with defined benefit pension plans pay the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. didn't go far enough, PBGC Director Joshua Gotbaum says.

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Congressional Majority Agrees to Undermine Pensions

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Congress finally passed bills last week spending money on two things Republicans and Democrats had been saying for months they wanted to spend money on: keeping interest rates low on Stafford loans for college students, and building more transportation infrastructure. What held these policies up was a dispute over how to pay for them.

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Olan Mills Inc. left pension $41 million shy

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Olan Mills Inc. was one of Chattanooga's biggest successes, going from a woodshed darkroom 80 years ago to a multimillion-dollar network that became the nation's largest family portrait company.

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Countering the Retirement Crisis

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To help counter the growing retirement crisis for today's workers, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. has recently begun to spotlight its often-unnoticed mission "to encourage and preserve retirement plans of U.S. companies."

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