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Private pension funding drops to lowest level in 6 years

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Even as stock market rose last year, pension funding levels at America's biggest companies in 2014 fell to levels not seen since just after the financial crisis.

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Major Groups Applaud Public Release of Dept. of Labor’s Proposal to Protect Americans’ Retirement Savings

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Members of the SaveOurRetirement.org coalition and a diverse collection of public interest groups, civil rights leaders, labor unions, professional organizations and others today commended the public release of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed rule to p

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EPCRS Changes Make Key Clarifications For Employers, Participants, Practitioners Say

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Two recent Internal Revenue Service updates to its correction program, the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System, ease some burdens on employers discovering costly errors in their plans, practitioners told Bloomberg BNA.

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Questions Arise Over Repayment Of Money Paid Pensioners In Error

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Pontiac retirees who were accidentally overpaid may have to give back that money. But an activist group says they shouldn’t have to cough up the cash.

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Pension rights group: Overpayments to Pontiac retirees should be forgiven

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Internal Revenue Service rules could allow the 150-percent-funded Pontiac General Employees Retirement System to forgive overpayments made for 16 months to 600 retirees.

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Red flags for those mapping out their retirement years

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You think your Social Security benefits aren’t vulnerable? Then you should pay attention to what’s happened with pensions.

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Pension Plan De-risking: Is It Bad, Is It Legal, Can It Be Stopped, Slowed, or Moderated?

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Norman Stein, the Pension Rights Center's senior policy advisor, authored this policy paper [PDF] on pension plan de-risking.

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PBGC may need a financial safety net of its own

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Forty years after it was created, the future of the federal agency that guarantees employees' and retirees' pension benefits is in doubt.

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Multiemployer pensions rescue buys the PBGC some time

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While experts may disagree on the strength of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.’s insurance program for single-employer pension plans, there is a broad consensus that lawmakers had to act last year to prevent the collapse of big, underfunded multiemployer pension plans, and with that the PBGC’s multiemployer insurance program.

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Two States Consider De-Risking Legislation; Insurance Lawmaker Group Adopts Guidelines

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As more companies offload their defined benefit pension obligations to insurance companies in multibillion-dollar transactions, legislators in some states are starting to take notice and to consider laws that are aimed at protecting retirees.

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