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Why Pensions Are Important

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This fact sheet explains the role pensions play in the overall retirement security of American workers, retirees, and their families.

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Role of retirement plans in tax debate highlights how poorly Americans are saving for retirement

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The dust-up over 401(k)s is a good opportunity to remind everyone how bad the state of the average person's retirement plan is.

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How many American workers participate in workplace retirement plans?

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Annual figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics help paint a picture of the number of Americans who participate in a retirement plan at work.  Typically in any year only half of workers participate in a retirement plan at work.  In 2016 participation by all civilian workers, full and part-time, was 54 percent.   The information below comes from the Bureau of Labor Statist

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Surprise! A lot of people are still in pension plans

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The newest addition to our Statistics pages reveals what some may consider a surprising fact: Nearly one-third of private-sector workers participating in retirement plans are in pension plans.  

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Pre-Retirement Checkup: What You Should Do in the 5 Years Before You Retire

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For people who turned 60 this year, retirement is beginning to come into sight. The question is, are they actually ready for it?

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Editorial: A debt trap in need of a fix

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In 2014, half of all older U.S. adults had less than $22,248 in yearly income from all sources, according to the Pension Rights Center. Pushing them further into poverty by garnishing their Social Security is an embarrassment to the country.

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Editorial: State needs to address senior squeeze

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Most current retirees worked in an age when larger companies provided employees with defined benefit pension plans. When combined with Social Security, pensions allow many retirees to enjoy a comfortable old age. Despite that, according to the Pension Rights Center, half of America’s 46.2 million retirees in 2014 had an income from all sources of less than $22,248.

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Bernie Sanders is a De Facto Millionaire

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It's all about the retirement income.

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How to invest in new state-sponsored retirement plans

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Illinois gets whacked plenty for its troubled public pension plan systems. But now it's getting high praise for being the first state in the USA to offer a novel type of retirement plan, which goes into effect in 2017.

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Decision on pension payout will last a lifetime

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Take the money or wait? That’s the $90,402 question The New York Times Co. has put to me as it offers to buy out my right to the lifelong monthly pension I earned when the parent of the Times newspaper also owned the Globe.

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