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401(k) Plan Contribution, Other Retirement Plan Limits Upped for 2013

October 18, 2012
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The maximum contribution that can be made to 401(k) plans will increase next year, as will the maximum benefit that can be funded through defined benefit plans, the Internal Revenue Service announced Oct. 18.
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Verizon to Transfer $7.5B in Pension Benefits Through Annuity Purchase

October 18, 2012
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Under the arrangement, Verizon will transfer about $7.5 billion in pension plan obligations to Prudential Insurance Co. of America by purchasing the annuity. The agreement covers plan participants who retired and began receiving pension benefits before Jan. 1, 2010.
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From Pension to Payout: Employers Are Liking Lump Sums

October 16, 2012
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When defined benefit plan participants take a lump sum, they move out of the plan. That means plan sponsors that cash out participants have a smaller plan with tighter variables—including contribution rates.
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More Employers Adding Automatic Enrollment to Defined Contribution Plans: Survey

October 4, 2012
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In 2012, 65 percent of employers surveyed by Towers Watson & Co. offered an automatic enrollment feature, up from 57 percent in 2011 and 51 percent in 2010.
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Fewer Employers Offering Defined Benefit Pension Plans to New Salaried Employees

October 3, 2012
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Just 11 Fortune 100 companies offered a traditional defined benefit plan to new salaried employees as of June 30, down from 14 in 2011, 17 in 2010 and 19 in 2009.
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Equifax to Offer Lump-Sum Pension Conversions to Eligible Former Employees

October 2, 2012
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The offer is being extended to those individuals who terminated employment prior to Jan. 1, 2012, but have not yet started to receive benefits.
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Pension Plans' Funded Status Up on Stronger Equity Market: Mercer

October 2, 2012
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The average funding level of pension plans sponsored by companies in the S&P 1500 rose to 73 percent in September, up from 72 percent in August and the record-low funded ratio of 70 percent set in July.
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NFL to Freeze Referees' Pension Plan Under Labor Agreement

September 27, 2012
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Retirement benefits will be provided through a defined contribution plan to new referees immediately and for all officials beginning in 2017.
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American Airlines to Freeze Pension Plans in November

September 14, 2012
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To be frozen on Nov. 1 are pension plans for flight attendants, ground crews and mechanics, as well as the pilots' A plan. The pilots' B plan, which is a defined contribution plan, will be terminated Nov. 30.
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Pension Plan Funding Levels Up Slightly in August: Study

September 10, 2012
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Defined benefit plans offered by the 100 U.S. employers with the largest pension programs were an average of 72.4 percent funded as of Aug. 31, up from 70.9 percent as of July 31, but sharply lower compared with the 78.7 percent funded ratio at the end of 2011.
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