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All About Pensions: Private Sector

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Robert Hiltonsmith, policy analyst at Demos, and author of their report The Failure of the 401(k)looks at the current state of private sector retirement plans and what alternatives there are to the 401(k) deferred savings plan.

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All About Pensions: Status Report

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Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, professor at Carroll School of Management, and former assistant secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy is joined by John Turner, director of of the Pension Policy

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Sen. Harkin: New retirement scheme hinges on advisers

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A congressional leader sees a key role for investment advisers in his vision for reform of the retirement system.

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Retirement Security: A Thing of the Past?

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While pensions seem less affordable than ever, they remain the overwhelming retirement choice of consumers. According to new research, the Great Recession exposed such fundamental flaws in America's retirement support system that consumers overwhelmingly think the current system is broken beyond repair.

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Golden Years?

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The problem isn’t that public-sector workers have too much retirement security. It’s that everyone else has too little.

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Making the Most Out of Less

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This year, the first of the nation’s 79 million baby boomers turn 65, and while millions dream of comfortable retirements, perhaps in Boca Raton, Fla., or Palm Springs, Calif., many will discover they will have a tough time in retirement.

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ERISA Class-Action Suits Shape U.S. Retirement Future

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In the absence of a national retirement policy, litigators in the courts — not lawmakers — have played an outsize role in shaping America’s retirement future. Why? Participant-directed defined contribution plans, most often 401(k)s, did not exist as mainstream retirement schemes when ERISA was created.

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‘New Normal’ for Retirement: Get a Job

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Middle-class Americans need more help than they realize in planning for retirement, according to the results of a survey from Wells Fargo & Co.

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More At Risk of Missing Retirement Goals

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A greater number of U.S. households are at risk of falling short of money in retirement because of the housing and financial crisis, according to a report.

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Give all Americans a secure retirement

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Thanks to the big expansion of Social Security in the 1970s and the growth of employer pension plans, many Americans have retired, grown old and still managed to remain part of the middle class. But the system is eroding because of the change in the way pensions are delivered.

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