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GE closes DB plan for salaried employees

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General Electric has closed its pension plan to new employees hired after December 31, 2010. Employees hired before December 31, 2010 will not be affected by the change.

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Give all Americans a secure retirement

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Thanks to the big expansion of Social Security in the 1970s and the growth of employer pension plans, many Americans have retired, grown old and still managed to remain part of the middle class. But the system is eroding because of the change in the way pensions are delivered.

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Retirement Looms: Time to Get Nervous

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Now that baby boomers are starting to hit the official retirement age, they face a variety of financial headaches that previous generations avoided

 

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Baby boomers nearing 65 with retirements in jeopardy

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Through a combination of procrastination and bad timing, many baby boomers are facing a personal finance disaster just as they're hoping to retire.

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A sobering thought on International Day of Older Persons

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October 1 is International Day of Older Persons, a day to raise awareness about issues affecting older people and to appreciate the contributions they make to society.

So it is fitting that today we look at how older Americans are faring in retirement. One way to measure the wellbeing of the elderly is to measure the degree to which they live in poverty. By measuring poverty, we are able to learn the extent to which a nation's retirement system provides adequate income. More...

"Wake Up, Washington!" on Women and Retirement

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As we approach the end of the second week of Retirement USA's "Wake Up, Washington!" Month" we have learned a great deal about the challenges women face in retirement. Women face special challenges because they make less than men and spend less time in the workforce.  Yet they typically live longer than men, requiring more retirement income.  As Retirement USA's Facts of the Day have shown, women have far less retirement security than men.  More...

"Wake Up, Washington!" launch

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This morning things were abuzz at the National Press Club as Retirement USA (an initiative of the Pension Rights Center and other partnering organizations) launched "Wake Up, Washington!" Month.  The month is dedicated to raising awareness among policymakers about the Retirement Income Deficit faced by millions of Americans.  We learned that the Retirement Income Deficit in this country is $6.6 trillion - meaning the amount of money Americans ages 32-64 need but do not have to provide an adequate nest egg for their retirement. More...

Happy Birthday, ERISA!

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Thirty-six years ago today the nation’s landmark private pension law, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), was signed into law by President Gerald Ford. In honor of the workers who would benefit from the new law, the signing appropriately took place on Labor Day.

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Spike in 401(k) loans and withdrawals

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Thinking about tapping into your 401(k) early? Think again - at least if you want a shot at a secure retirement. More...

And the rich get richer...

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Certain rules in the Internal Revenue Code are designed to prevent employers from discriminating against non-highly paid employees in their pension plans. Unfortunately for the retirement security of their employees, some employers look for ways to get around the nondiscrimination rules. More...

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