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Pension Rights Center Applauds Senator Harkin for Bold Proposal to Solve Nation’s Retirement Crisis

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Today the Pension Rights Center applauded Senator Tom Harkin, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, for his new report, The Retirement Crisis and a Plan to Solve It.

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Women Seen Living Retirement in Poverty at Higher Rates Than Men

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Women age 65 and older live in poverty at higher rates than men even as more of them participate in employer-sponsored retirement plans, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office study.

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Our Ridiculous Approach to Retirement

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I work on retirement policy, so friends often want to talk about their own retirement plans and prospects. While I am happy to have these conversations, my friends usually walk away feeling worse — for good reason.

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How fees can chew up a chunk of your 401(k)

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What you don't know can hurt you. In fact, it can hurt you a lot. So when you get a letter about your 401(k) or 403(b) from your benefits office at work this month or next, look at it.

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Five things to consider before cutting pension benefits

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The message from voters about public pension plans is clear: They're ready to cut the retirement benefits of police, firefighters, teachers and other state and municipal workers.

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America’s Looming Pension Shock

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At a recent Governing Leadership Forum in Lansing, Michigan Budget Director John Nixon told a packed room about Gov. Rick Snyder's plans to overhaul his state's public-pension system. Michigan's governor is, of course, far from alone in trying to deal with the public sector's pension crisis.

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Bill creates state retirement for private workers

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California's Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would create a guaranteed, government-run retirement savings program catering to private-sector workers of modest means.

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Many Experience Challenges Regaining Employment and Face Reduced Retirement Security

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The number of workers age 55 and over experiencing long-term unemployment has grown substantially since the recession began in 2007. This raises concerns about how long-term unemployment will affect older workers’ reemployment prospects and future retirement income.

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The Future of Retirement? 401(k)s That Look Like Old-Fashioned Pensions

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One of the biggest flaws in most people’s retirement plan is something that previous generations rarely worried about: monthly income guaranteed for life. But the fix is in, and before long your 401(k) may look a lot more like your dad’s pension.

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Is It Time to Rethink 401(k)s?

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Like the proverbial elephant, the view of 401(k) plans depends on which part of the retirement beast you're looking at. Started 30 years ago as a largely self-directed investment companion to traditional pensions, 401(k)s have been forced to grow up and become the nation's primary private retirement-savings vehicle.

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