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Q&A With Outgoing Colorado Pension Chief: ‘The 401(k) Experiment Is a Failure’

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Meredith Williams has headed public employee pension systems in both Colorado and Kansas. During his nearly 21 years in those jobs, he has witnessed great changes in the scope and generosity of retirement benefits offered to state workers.

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Defined benefits are being re-imagined

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Traditional pensions are struggling for many reasons: low investment returns, too-generous benefits, and the happy fact that people are living longer than expected.

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Safeguard Your Pension Benefits in Retirement

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The Pension Counseling and Information Projects are mentioned in this Morningstar column, which offers advice on protecting your pension benefits.

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To expand retirement security, a look to the states

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There is a movement afoot to use the efficiencies of public retirement systems to administer new types of pension plans for private-sector workers.

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New Ideas on Pensions: Use States

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As growing numbers of baby boomers face retirement with inadequate savings, some state officials are considering a novel proposal to rebuild America’s ailing retirement system — having state pension funds run retirement plans for companies.

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What Will Replace the 401(k)?

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The venerable 401(k) has been under fire since the recession. Here's what could replace it.

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Don’t Cut Pensions, Expand Them

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On Thursday morning the New York State Legislature agreed to a deal limiting pensions for future public employees. The state thus joins 43 others that have recently enacted legislation curtailing public retirement benefits.

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Don’t Let Companies Slash Pension Payments

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There is something about pensions that makes their sponsors just want to say no. For months we have been reading about cities and states failing to pay what is due into employee pension funds. Now corporate America is getting into the act.

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Should state government offer a retirement plan for private citizens?

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State government should offer a retirement plan to the increasing number of people whose companies don't provide a pension or a 401(k) savings program, labor groups and other advocates this week told a legislative panel.

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Pensionomics 2012: Measuring the Economic Impact of DB Pension Expenditures

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A new national economic impact study finds that DB pension benefits have a significant economic impact: 6.5 million American jobs and $1 trillion in economic output. The analysis finds that the benefits provided by state and local government pension plans have a sizable impact that ripples through every state and industry across the nation.

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