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Harkin's retirement plan proposal is a hit

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Sen. Tom Harkin's proposal for a universal private retirement system with professional money management was praised by several pension experts as a first step in addressing ways to improve retirement security.

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COLAs Vanishing from Pension Plans

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Much like rotary phones, snail mail and pension plans in general, cost-of-living allowances are increasingly becoming a thing of the past, new research finds. But, for those organizations considering a COLA, experts say they should implement one on an age-segmented basis to the workforce.

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The Future of Retirement? 401(k)s That Look Like Old-Fashioned Pensions

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One of the biggest flaws in most people’s retirement plan is something that previous generations rarely worried about: monthly income guaranteed for life. But the fix is in, and before long your 401(k) may look a lot more like your dad’s pension.

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49% of Americans saving zilch for retirement

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America has a serious problem saving for retirement. About 49% of Americans say they aren't contributing to any retirement plan, according to a new survey conducted by LIMRA, a trade association for the financial services industry.

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401(k) Plan Sponsors: Workers Can't Afford to Retire

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The retirement-plan industry regularly extols the virtues of 401(k)s and other retirement investment programs. Yet a survey of the heads of many big employer retirement plans found that nearly 80 percent of them agreed that "the days of working until the age of 65, retiring, and then never having to work again are generally over for most workers."

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Minorities' Retirement Plans Hit Hard In Tough Economy

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Continued economic uncertainty has led many workers to dip into their retirement savings, but minorities have been the hardest hit, according to a report by the Ariel Education Initiative (a nonprofit affiliate of Ariel Investments) and the human resources company Aon Hewitt.

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Defined benefits are being re-imagined

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Traditional pensions are struggling for many reasons: low investment returns, too-generous benefits, and the happy fact that people are living longer than expected.

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The 401(k): Americans ‘just not prepared’ to manage their own retirement funds

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When lawmakers added a subsection to the tax code called the 401(k) more than three decades ago, they could not have imagined that this string of three numbers and a letter would become a fixture in the financial lexicon.

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Polling Data on America's Retirement Crisis

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The Retirement Crisis is a Top Concern for Americans

A wide range of polls shows that the retirement crisis is all too real.  Americans are experiencing the crisis firsthand, yet policymakers and opinion leaders are paying scant attention to the problem.

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Employees to Employers: Help Us Retire

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After years, if not decades, of reports that U.S. employees don’t save enough for retirement, along comes a new study that appears to show that the minds of American workers have changed: They are now ready to save for retirement and willing to sacrifice to do so — or at least half of them are.

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