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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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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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Retirement Security 2015: Roadmap for Policy Makers | Americans’ Views of the Retirement Crisis

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A new nationwide public opinion research report finds that an overwhelming majority of Americans – 86 percent – believe the nation faces a retirement crisis. These findings are contained in a new research report...

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Pension plans, once inviolable promises to employees, are getting cut

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The stock market has soared more than 75 percent in the past five years, yet many pension funds, where many middle-class workers should benefit from the market’s rise, continue to struggle, jeopardizing benefits for the workers who were counting on them in retirement.

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13 On Your Side Consumer Alert: Pension Advances

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is warning consumers about a relatively new practice called pension advances.

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How to invest in new state-sponsored retirement plans

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Illinois gets whacked plenty for its troubled public pension plan systems. But now it's getting high praise for being the first state in the USA to offer a novel type of retirement plan, which goes into effect in 2017.

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After the new federal pension rules: What retirees need to know

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Buried in the $1.1 trillion "Cromnibus" legislation signed this week by President Barack Obama was a provision that aims to head off a looming implosion of multiemployer pension plans - traditional defined benefit plans jointly funded by groups of employers.

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ERISA Changes Passed as Part of Controversial Spending Bill

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In one fell swoop last week, a once-sacrosanct tenet of the 1974 omnibus pension law, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (more commonly known by its acronym, ERISA), was overturned. For its sponsors, the measure meant saving troubled multiemployer pensions heading for insolvency.

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Your pension could go poof. Do you have a backup plan?

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Two recent news events punctuate why we all should be concerned about our retirement readiness, even people who have been diligent financial stewards.

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