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The spectre of pension failures haunts this election

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Pension Rights Center Aims to Protect the Retirement Security of Millions of Americans Through Resources and Advocacy

In a Nutshell: Pensions help supplement the Social Security income of millions of retirees each year and were supposed to be paid out in full when a worker reached retirement. However, many workers who are owed benefits have found them dramatically reduced, or denied altogether. More...

Transfer of Power

In March, Truckee-based Mountain Hardware and Sports was up against the toughest test of its 43-year record of no layoffs. As the economy was going into a deep freeze, company president Doug Wright sent a letter to his staff on March 17.

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Understanding Survivor Benefits in Private Retirement Plans

For married participants in retirement plans, a top concern is making sure that a spouse will receive their retirement benefits if they die. Luckily, most pension plans and many other retirement plans in the United States provide a survivor benefit to widowed spouses of retirement plan participants. More...

The spectre of pension failures haunts this election

It’s imperative that a new COVID-19 relief package — whenever it’s passed — shore up multiemployer pensions (retirement plans negotiated by a union with two or more employers), because if this piece of the retirement system is allowed to collapse, it would not only hurt current and future pensioners, it would deal an outsized blow to the employers who contribute to their plans, and to the econo More...

Few powering up with electronic disclosure

When the Department of Labor finalized a rule in May that permitted default electronic delivery of retirement plan disclosures, record keepers and plan sponsors welcomed the move by saying it will increase participant engagement and cut mailing costs.

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How to Find a Lost Pension Plan

Some people lose track of their pension plan from an old job. A company might merge with or be bought by another company and change its name, move to a new location in a different city or go out of business.

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How to Choose Between a Pension and Lump Sum Payout

In the midst of a COVID-19-induced sales slump, Honda recently offered early retirement to some of its U.S. workers 55 and older. 

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Retirement Savers Could Be Put At Risk By Proposed Rollover Rule, DOL Warned

Retirement savers could be put at risk by a proposed Department of Labor rule on workplace retirement plan rollovers and lump sum distributions, DOL was warned today.

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The Savings Game: Divorce and your spouse’s retirement plan

Virtually nothing about a divorce is uncomplicated. And that includes determining what share a divorcing person may claim of his or her spouse’s retirement accounts.

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Commentary: Retirement plan ‘disclosure’ rule may keep you in dark

A new Labor Department regulation has just gone into effect. As a result of this new rule millions of workers, retirees and widows will no longer automatically receive critical information about their pension and 401(k) plans.

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