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401(k) Plan Revamp Eyed By Senate Finance Committee

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With less than one-half of workers having access to a retirement plan and even fewer saving enough for their old age, Congress is looking at ways to help get more Americans on track to a secure retirement.

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Take it public: group offers novel retirement route

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A flood of U.S. retirement is threatening to burst its dam and drown aging Americans with rising living costs, but one group is proposing a novel way to protect private-sector workers: invest in public pension plans.

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Pension Rights Center to Lawmakers: "Changes to Retirement Plan Tax Breaks Should Address the Retirement Income Deficit, not the Budget Deficit"

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WASHINGTON - At a hearing held by the Senate Committee on Finance today, the Pension Rights Center called on lawmakers to re-examine the tax incentives associated with 401(k) plans and other retirement savings plans, so that those tax breaks work more efficiently a

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A race to the bottom?

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New Census Bureau data released earlier this week shows that more Americans are living in poverty now than at any time since 1993. While an increase might be understandable, given the uncertain economy, the numbers are still staggering.

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10 Things Pension Plans Won't Tell You

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Yes, they still exist. And some of them toy with taxpayer money.

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401(k) break at risk as policymakers mull retirement shift

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U.S. retirement programs could look different if a grand deficit-cutting bargain is struck in upcoming negotiations.

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Retirement Plans Morphing as Defined Benefits Fade for New Workers

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As of May, 30 percent of Fortune 100 companies offered a defined benefit plan to new salaried employees, down from 37 percent at the end of 2010 and 83 percent as recently as 2002. How are employees reacting to this change in their total compensation?

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Retirement...What's that?

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Yesterday I attended a hearing held by the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Called Stories from the Kitchen Table: How Middle Class Families are Struggling to Make Ends Meet, the hearing focused on the all-too-familiar challenges that many of America's middle class families are facing due to the economic downturn. 

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Snail mail or e-mail? The Labor Department wants to know.

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How would you prefer to receive information about your retirement plan: delivered by regular mail on paper or electronically by e-mail? 

What if you don’t use a computer at work and only have access to a computer at home?

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Retirement Income: Ensuring Income throughout Retirement Requires Difficult Choices

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As life expectancy increases, the risk that retirees will outlive their assets is a growing challenge. The shift from defined benefit (DB) pension plans to defined contribution (DC) plans also increases the responsibility for workers and retirees to make difficult decisions and manage their pension and other financial assets so that they have income throughout retirement.

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