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Labor Department not deterred in fiduciary rule proposal

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The Labor Department is not going to let push-back from the financial services industry delay its fiduciary rule for advisers who handle retirement plans - but that does not mean the regulation will be out anytime soon.

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Better Agency Coordination Could Help Small Employers Address Challenges to Plan Sponsorship

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Based on available data, about 14 percent of small employers sponsor some type of retirement plan.

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Pension Reformers Should Not Promise Freedom From Fiduciary Duties, Borzi Says

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The success of private pension reform will depend on whether proponents can offer models that are more attractive to employers than those available within the current system of private pensions and retirement savings, a senior Department of Labor official said Feb. 22 at a pension event focused on innovation.

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Innovative Defined Benefit Plans Could Be Key to Retirement Security, Speakers Say

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Pension plans can play a key role in establishing retirement systems that reduce risk and provide lifetime income options for participants, speakers said Feb. 22 at a conference on innovative pension plan design.

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Conference Proposes New Pension Options

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Forum Examines New Retirement Plans to Reduce Risk and Increase Retirement Income

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Retirees face the risk of outliving their money

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Treasury Department proposes a solution: annuities through workplace plans

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Tax Reform Will Shape Pension Agenda; Significant Regulations Expected in 2012

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Congress will pass no major retirement plan legislation in 2012, but the tax treatment of employment-based retirement benefits almost certainly will be part of any tax code overhaul in 2013—for which ideas and positions will become cemented in 2012— according to practitioners interviewed by BNA.

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Investors Will Scream When They See 401(k) Fees: Lincoln SVP

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The new Department of Labor 401(k) fee disclosure rules that go into effect on April 1 will radically shake up the industry, according to Tom Gonnella, senior vice president of corporate development at Lincoln Trust, who gave six predictions for the defined contribution industry in 2102.

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House Republicans ask DOL to go easy on retirement plans

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More than four dozen Republican House members sent a letter to the Labor Department last Monday urging the agency to tread carefully if it includes individual retirement accounts in a new rule that would expand the definition of “fiduciary” for people providing advice to retirement plans.

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Investment guidance for employees long overdue

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A new Labor Department rule could help millions of workers make better choices on how to invest in their workplace retirement plans.

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