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Proposed IRS regulations that could undermine workers' legal rights without public input (September 24, 2012)

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The Pension Rights Center submitted comments to the Internal Revenue Service, objecting to a proposed delegation of authority to the IRS Commissioner to issue certain rules without public notice and comment.

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For 401(k)s, Size Matters

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Higher fees? Less scrutiny from the boss? Experts say workers at smaller firms should pay extra attention to their retirement plans.

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4 Key Items to Look For in New 401(k) Disclosures

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It's easy to overlook what's important when it comes to saving money. Many people would sooner clip a toothpaste coupon than review their retirement accounts to assess whether they can minimize investment fees.

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Why Saving In Your 401(k) Might Be Horrible For You

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A 401(k) may be the largest financial asset a family has. They can be great to build wealth, or so defective they may not be worth your participation. They range from excellent to awful. Unfortunately, it’s up to you to decide whether to maximize the opportunity or pass and find better ways to invest.

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401(k) fee transparency rules take effect Sunday

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Federal disclosure rules that go into effect Sunday will make it easier for workers and retirees to see how much their 401(k) accounts are being docked in fees.

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Looming election slams brakes on fiduciary regs

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DOL and SEC likely will delay any moves until after Nov. vote

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Qualified Longevity Annuity Contract Rules Should Allow More Options, Commenters Say

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A Treasury Department proposal to expand retirement income options is on the right track, but it requires some revisions to achieve the objectives
outlined in the proposed regulation (REG-115809-11), a variety of interest groups said in public comment letters posted May 4.

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Organizations Urge Protections for Women in Lifetime Retirement Income Options

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Eight national women’s organizations and the Pension Rights Center submitted comments to the Department of the Treasury, generally supporting proposed IRS rules aimed at encouraging lifetime income options in retirement plans.

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On Defined Contribution Plans, U.S. Should Follow Other Countries: Report

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This week U.S. defined contribution plan sponsors received a startling piece of news: At least four countries outside the U.S have better fee disclosure practices than those in the U.S. The report, issued by the General Accounting Office in March, reviewed best practices in hopes of enlightening U.S. retirement plan providers and regulators.

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Think Paperless is the Way to Go? When It Comes to Financial Disclosure, Not Always, Says Coalition

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A group of labor, women’s, minority, and consumer organizations, representing millions of Americans, sent a letter to the Department of Labor (DoL) today, strongly supporting the Department’s current rules regarding how participants receive critical

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