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Pension or buyout? GM retirees make the tough call

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Is it better for existing retirees to convert their pension to an annuity or to take a lump sum payout?

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Lump-sum pension offer a tough call for General Motors, Ford retirees

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Chuck White, 68, regularly tells friends who are Ford salaried retirees that they shouldn't get an ulcer worrying about whether to take a new lump-sum pension offer.

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GM's pension move is a lemon

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Last week, General Motors announced that it will offer 42,000 of its salaried retirees the opportunity to take their lifetime monthly pension benefits as a one-time lump-sum payment.

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Are GM-like pension offers a good deal?

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Over the next few weeks some 42,000 white-collar General Motors retirees will take a crash course in actuarial math.

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As Dewey Collapses, Partners and Retirees Face Big Financial Losses

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For the law partners at Dewey & LeBoeuf, losing their jobs may be the least of their worries. They are likely to lose the money they were required to invest in the firm. They could lose their pensions.

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Should You Accept a Pension Buyout Offer?

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A group of 90,000 former salaried workers at Ford got an interesting offer late last month: In exchange for giving up the right to receive monthly pension benefits for the rest of their lives, the company would instead pay them an up-front lump sum of cash.

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Organizations Urge Protections for Women in Lifetime Retirement Income Options

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Eight national women’s organizations and the Pension Rights Center submitted comments to the Department of the Treasury, generally supporting proposed IRS rules aimed at encouraging lifetime income options in retirement plans.

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Safeguard Your Pension Benefits in Retirement

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The Pension Counseling and Information Projects are mentioned in this Morningstar column, which offers advice on protecting your pension benefits.

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Financial planning for same-sex couples who seek to wed

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Same-sex marriage, signed into law Thursday in Maryland, will bring significant changes to gay and lesbian couples here. But to their personal finances, maybe not so much.

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7 Steps to Take When Inheriting a Retirement Account

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We recently got a question from someone who wanted to know what to do with an inherited retirement account.

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