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This week’s other huge (but little-noticed) fight: Wall Street’s newest scheme

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While we're all distracted, a quiet battle this week could seriously affect your finances. Here's what's at stake

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Target date funds drive up 401(k) fees

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Final language being hammered out on new fee disclosure rules for 401(k) funds will hopefully put pressure on plan sponsors to take a hard look at the double-layering of fees by target date mutual funds.

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The Search For Missing 401(k) Money

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There are tens of thousands of workers who are due lost 401(k) money, but there is no one central depository where you can look for what’s rightfully yours.

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Groups Say Lifetime Income Guidance Should Be Flexible, Provide Protections

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Any guidance promulgated by the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration on lifetime income illustrations should be optional for retirement plans and provide fiduciary protections, retirement and financial industry groups say in comment letters.

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How much monthly income will that 401(k) get you?

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If you think figuring out how much money to put into your retirement savings accounts is complex, wait until it's time to take money out.

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Labor secretary's job might be new, but his plate is full

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Thomas Perez, the new secretary of labor, will have little time to make an immediate imprint on retirement issues as he inherits the already packed regulatory agenda of the Employee Benefits Security Administration, including a controversial new fiduciary rule.

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“Retail Investor Protection Act” Does Not Protect Investors: Coalition

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The controversial “Retail Investor Protection Act, recently introduced by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO), is gaining opposition from coalitions set on protecting investor interests.

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401(k) rollover study triggers call for action

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A new Government Accountability Office report highlighting the pitfalls of rolling over 401(k) plan accounts is sparking demand for clearer procedures and stronger consumer protections from companies and the federal government.

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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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Pension Rights Advocates Urge Caution In Altering Rules on Deferred Vested Benefits

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Pension rights advocates are concerned that a proposed Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service regulation would delegate authority to the IRS commissioner to create special rules for satisfying notice requirements related to deferred vested benefits. [PDF]

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