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Retiree benefit cuts a given; which ones?

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Retiree benefits aren't as secure as they used to be, as auto and airline workers and others have learned in recent years.

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Is a 401(k) match really “free money”?

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This week’s issue of Time features an article by Stephen Gandel called “How 401(k)s Make Many Americans Poorer.” It sheds light on a new study conducted by the Urban Institute and published by the Center for Retirement Research. The study finds that employees at companies that provide an employer match to 401(k) contributions tend to have lower salaries than employees at companies that do not contribute to employee retirement plans.

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Required Reading: How 401(k)s Make Many Americans Poorer

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One of the most widely dispensed, and universally accepted, pieces of financial advice is that you should contribute at least enough to your 401(k) to get the full match from your company. If you don’t, so the wisdom goes, you will be giving up free money. Well, it turns out that money isn’t exactly “free.” In a sense, it’s actually coming right out of your paycheck.

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Retirement pros have questions for candidates

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I asked top retirement and aging policy experts this question: "If you could pose one question in a presidential debate to the Republican and Democratic nominees, what would it be?"

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Have seniors gotten rich at the expense of young adults?

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You might think so if you read some recent stories in the news about wealth differences among generations. But you may want to think again.

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Who Killed the Pension Plan?

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The continuing collapse of traditional pension plans has undermined the confidence Americans once had that they could retire comfortably, and the push toward such alternatives as 401(k) plans has yet to meet expectations.

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Thanks but No Thanks on 401(k) Advice

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An increasing number of plans offer outside help, typically for a fee. So far, most participants aren't buying in.

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Retirement crisis closes in on baby boomers

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Like many middle-class American baby boomers, Linda Carmona-Sanchez is anxious about slipping into poverty and says whatever dreams she once had about retirement in her "golden years" have turned into nightmares.

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5 ways to improve the U.S. retirement system

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U.S. has 10th best pension system of 14 countries studied.

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Account Balances, Not Participation, Called Best Measure of Retirement Plan Success

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Auto-enrollment is beneficial, but not the only answer to improved outcomes, Diversified says.

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