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The Case of the Deleted Social Security Data: Why It is Bad for Workers and Retirees

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In their 2014 report on the finances of Social Security, the trustees of the system deleted key information on the replacement rates of Social Security. What’s the harm in that, right?

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The Great Pension Sell-Off: Should you take a lump sum or an insurer's annuity?

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Carl Monheit's former employer reliably mailed his monthly check to him for 17 years. A year and a half ago things changed. The Hackensack, New Jersey, resident, along with thousands of other retired managers, learned he would no longer be part of Verizon's pension plan. Instead, the telecommunications giant bought them an annuity.

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Women hit harder than men by retirement

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Both men and women are facing a retirement crisis, but it disproportionately affects women, according to the Pension Rights Center. The retirement income deficit is $6.6 trillion, which is the gap between what people have currently saved and what they will need to retire comfortably. Women continue to be hit the hardest, even though more women are working than ever before.

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March: Women's History Month -- and the Winter of Our Retirement Discontent

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I typically associate the month of March with the taming of the winter just about now, when spring flowers begin to sprout, and we look forward to new beginnings. However, the month is also “Women’s History Month” – a time to celebrate women’s accomplishments in this country so that can appreciate and understand where women have made progress – and where we continue to lag, even in 2014.

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Private Pensions: Pension Tax Incentives Update

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We issued reports in 2001 and 2011 that, among other things, examined the trends in plan formation and the characteristics of participants affected by the statutory limits for contributions to defined contribution (DC) plans.

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"I am not Margaret Mead" [VIDEO]

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Karen Friedman appears in this video about women and retirement that the Service Employees International Union created for Women's History Month.

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Evaluating 401(k) Plans in a House of Mirrors

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Every few months, a financial services company releases numbers touting the success of 401(k) plans. 401(k) account balances are higher than ever! 401(k) plans are working just fine! There is no retirement crisis!

However, like magicians, these firms don’t want you to see what's behind the numbers.

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401(k)s are a sham

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Duped by a DIY retirement dream, the elderly now face staggeringly low living standards

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High Anxiety: The Nonprofit Sector's Retirement Problems

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When you ask employees at nonprofit organizations about job satisfaction, more often than not they will give you a positive response; for these mission-oriented workers, purpose is paramount. When asked about their plans for retirement, however, nonprofit employees express insecurity and uncertainty about the future.

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Suddenly, Retiree Nest Eggs Look More Fragile

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Many Americans don’t have enough money to carry them through retirement — and many of them know it.

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