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The Rising Price of a Cheap Retirement Plan

January 18, 2012
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For about 20 years, employers could erode the quality of their retirement benefits without paying much of a price. Those days are over. And wise employers are seeing greater retirement security for workers as a goal that helps both employees and the organization.
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Funded Status of Pension Plans Falls for Second Year: Mercer

January 4, 2012
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In the aggregate, the plans' funding deficit hit $484 billion as of Dec. 31, 2011, up from $315 billion a year earlier and $229 billion as of Dec. 31, 2009.
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DC Assets Eyed By Investment Giants

December 27, 2011
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With their sights set firmly on the trillions of defined contribution plan assets expected to move into customized target-date funds before the end of the decade, Bridgewater Associates LP and AQR Capital Management LLC are looking to make sure their risk-parity and hedge fund strategies are readily available for use as components within the target-date series.
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Affluent Anxious About Retirement Too, Wells Fargo Finds

December 15, 2011
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Four in 10 of those surveyed said that their biggest fear about retirement is that they 'will do all the right things and it still won't be enough for tomorrow.'
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Hewlett-Packard Foresees Nearly $600 Million in 2012 Pension Contributions

December 15, 2011
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The Palo Alto, California-based tech giant contributed a total of $279 million to its U.S. pension plans and $458 million to its non-U.S. pension plans in 2011.
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Most Financial Execs Feel Pension Plans can Hurt Company, Survey Indicates

December 14, 2011
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Of survey respondents, 68 percent said their companies have closed defined benefit plans to new or all employees in the past five years.
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N.Y. State Official Blasts 401(k)s as DB Replacement

December 13, 2011
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'The reality is that 401(k)s were never intended to take the place of pensions,' according to New York state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in a speech at the New School's Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis in New York City.
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PBGC Boosts Maximum Benefit in 2012 to Nearly $56,000

November 27, 2011
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Changes in the maximum benefit guarantee, which will increase 3.4 percent next year, are linked to wage inflation.
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Analysis Notes More Large Employers Freeze Defined Benefit Plans

November 17, 2011
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In 2004, as the corporate drive to freeze defined benefit plans was picking up momentum, only 45, or 7.1 percent of 633 Fortune 1000 companies with defined benefit plans, had frozen at least one plan, reports consultancy Towers Watson.
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PBGC Deficit Hits Record $26 Billion

November 15, 2011
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As was the case in the prior fiscal year, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Fund did not incur any multibillion-dollar losses in fiscal 2011.
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