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Fact Box: What's a Target-Date Fund?

November 14, 2011
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Target-date funds employ a mix of stocks and bonds that are put on a set glide path.
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Many 401(k) Participants Would be Hit Hard by Proposed Tax Changes: EBRI Study

November 11, 2011
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Worker and employer contributions to a 401(k) plan are capped at $49,000 or 100 percent of a worker's pay, whichever is lower, under the current federal tax code.
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U.S. Postal Service Overpayment Money Eyed to Spur Early Retirement

November 2, 2011
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The U.S. Postal Service would get back $6.9 billion in pension overpayments and use some of that money to encourage at least 100,000 employees to retire early, according to a proposal announced Nov. 2 by a bipartisan group of senators.
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Find Out More About the Roth 401(k)

October 27, 2011
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These websites have useful tools and information to help compare the differences between Roth and traditional 401(k) plans:
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Roth 401(k)s Are Slow to Gain Toehold Among Employee Portfolios

October 26, 2011
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A new survey from the Profit Sharing/401k Council of America shows that more employers are offering Roth 401(k) plans, but many employees aren't taking advantage of this tax strategy.
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DC, DB Plans Hurt by Rising Health Care Costs

October 20, 2011
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Aside from health care benefits, the only corporate benefits budget item that grew between 2009 and 2011 was corporate 401(k) plans, which increased two percentage points to 15 percent in the latest survey.
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Analysis Shows Most Employers Restore 401(k) Match

October 20, 2011
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The suspensions occurred from January 2008 through January 2010, though most occurred during the first half of 2009, which was the peak of the Great Recession, according to research by Towers Watson.
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Analysis Shows Most Employers Restore 401(k) Match

October 20, 2011
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The suspensions occurred from January 2008 through January 2010, though most occurred during the first half of 2009, which was the peak of the Great Recession, according to research by Towers Watson.
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President to Sign Bill Increasing Health Insurance Subsidies for Certain Workers

October 18, 2011
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President Barack Obama on Oct. 21 will sign trade legislation that also will boost federal health insurance premium subsidies for employees who lose their jobs because of foreign competition and older retirees in failed pension plans, the White House announced Oct. 18.
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Nonqualified Plans a Key to Recruiting, Retaining Senior Employees

October 11, 2011
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Amid a volatile market, nonqualified plans continue to be a key element of many companies' overall retirement savings program, and are common among large companies. The programs are popular—on average, nearly two-thirds of eligible employees participate, reports a PSCA/Boston Research Group survey.
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