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Lump-sum pension offer a tough call for General Motors, Ford retirees

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Chuck White, 68, regularly tells friends who are Ford salaried retirees that they shouldn't get an ulcer worrying about whether to take a new lump-sum pension offer.

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Think Paperless is the Way to Go? When It Comes to Financial Disclosure, Not Always, Says Coalition

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A group of labor, women’s, minority, and consumer organizations, representing millions of Americans, sent a letter to the Department of Labor (DoL) today, strongly supporting the Department’s current rules regarding how participants receive critical

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A New Chapter of Pension Plan Woes

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Pensions used to be a reliable stream of retirement income, but these twists and turns could put a pension benefit in jeopardy.

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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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Don’t Cut Pensions, Expand Them

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On Thursday morning the New York State Legislature agreed to a deal limiting pensions for future public employees. The state thus joins 43 others that have recently enacted legislation curtailing public retirement benefits.

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Don't ignore retirement insecurity

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When American Airlines went into bankruptcy in November, our phones started ringing. I'm with the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. We insure private pensions, and American told its 130,000 employees that they would lose theirs. They called us to ask what would happen: What would they get when they retire?

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After the Storm, the Little Nest Eggs That Couldn’t

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In many ways, things are looking up for America’s economy. After several years of roller-coaster-ish volatility, the Dow Jones industrial average has climbed to its highest level since the 2008 financial crisis. Economic growth, though not robust, has been gathering steam, and the unemployment rate has been inching downward, although fitfully.

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Cracking Open Today's Retirement Strategies

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The days when workers could count on a comfortable retirement after a lifetime of company devotion are a distant memory for most. Public pension funds across the country teeter on the edge of collapse, and the traditional company pensions that sustained previous generations through their golden years are fading into the sunset.

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The Anxious Generation

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Stressed-out Americans over 50 wonder if they’re ever going to be able to retire. They worry that the Great Recession will have a lasting impact on their security.

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Retirement Roulette

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Saving for retirement used to be as simple as showing up for work. Now it’s rife with contingencies—and success is all on you.

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