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Defined Benefit Pension Plans

Retirement Readiness: What Difference Does A Pension Make?

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This brief reviews the evidence on the role defined benefit pensions play in ensuring that older Americans have the resources they need to be self-sufficient in retirement.

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Lump-Sum Distributions Under the Pension Protection Act

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The Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA, P.L. 109-280) established new funding requirements for defined benefit pensions. The PPA also modified the provisions of federal law that prescribe how the minimum permissible value of a lump-sum distribution from a defined benefit plan will be determined in 2008 and thereafter.

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Why Have Defined Benefit Plans Survived in the Public Sector?

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While 401(k) plans now dominate the private sector, defined benefit plans remain the norm among state and local governments. Why have public sector employers not shifted from defined benefit plans to 401(k)s like their private sector counterparts?

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An Update on Private Pensions

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This brief, which updates previous work, explores who is covered by a pension plan and who is not, how much retirees receive in pension income, and how pension coverage and receipt have changed over time.

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Private Pension Plan Bulletin: Abstract of 2002 Form 5500

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This report, published annually, provides basic statistical data on the types of retirement plans offered, how many people participated in each type of plan, and the amount of assets in each type.

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Private Pensions: Information on Cash Balance Pension Plans

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GAO analysis of the effects of converting from a traditional pension plan to a cash balance plan.

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