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Are you entitled to a pension you've left behind?

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It's not every day you get good news from the IRS. But that's exactly what happened to Danny Jo Wright of Austin, Texas, when he applied for Social Security in 2013. In a letter from Social Security, the IRS informed him he was entitled to a pension from the drug company he had worked for years ago.

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Despite setback, Illinois still planning to roll out Secure Choice retirement savings plan

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Some years after starting a T-shirt and promotions business in 1981, Bob Chambers thought about ways to keep his employees invested in his company. One of the things he thought of was offering a retirement plan for employees who wanted to participate in putting money aside for their retirement. 

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How to Track Down a Lost 401(k) or Traditional Pension

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Hundreds of millions of dollars in 401(k) retirement account and traditional pension plan assets are going unclaimed. These days it’s not uncommon for workers to change employers 10 times or more over the course of a career—and all that job hopping can make it tough to keep tabs on employer-sponsored retirement plans.

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How to track down an old retirement account

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Dear Liz: I worked for a company during the late 1990s.  When I left, I had a 401(k) worth approximately $10,000. I recently found an old 401(k) statement and called the plan administrator.

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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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Got Questions About Your Pension? Try These Helplines.

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There’s also free legal assistance on pension, profit sharing or retirement savings plans from the U.S. Administration on Aging’s Pension Counseling and Information Program that serves 30 states.

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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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Triangle Wire pension fight resolved for 14 former employees

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Former employees of Triangle Wire & Cable Co. are finally receiving lost pensions and benefits after more than a year of negotiations. The Boston-based advocacy group New England Pension Assistance Project, represented the former employees. 

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This is what we do: help people

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My colleague Kyle often brings to my attention news articles that might merit a response from us. Sometimes the article contains a factual error. Sometimes we disagree with a statement in the article and write an opposing view in a letter to the editor. Sometimes we have additional information to add. 

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Counseling Projects

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The U.S. Administration on Aging's Pension Counseling and Information Program currently serves 30 states. Free legal assistance is available to individuals experiencing a problem with their pension, profit sharing or retirement savings plans.

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