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401(k)s Hang on as Stock Market Ride Gets Rough

August 23, 2011
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Financial advisers and executives at retirement plan providers said that employees, while tending toward caution, do not appear to be panicked. During the wild swings a few weeks ago, participants largely sought information.
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401(k) Savings Zoom When Employers Set Autopilot

August 23, 2011
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Employees tend to take a laissez faire approach toward their 401(k) plans, letting them have a life of their own after the initial sign-up. Those who voluntarily enroll, on the other hand, tend to contribute at a significantly higher rate—an average of 7.8 percent monthly—research by Aon Hewitt shows.
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Labor Department Weighs New Definition of Fiduciary

March 31, 2011
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For the first time in 35 years, Labor Department officials are exploring whether they should change the definition of ‘fiduciary’. The agency wants to make the change so it can better protect the rights of participants, but the benefits community doesn’t see it that way.
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IRS Extends Deadline to Alter Defined Benefit Plans

December 2, 2010
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The one-year extension will likely give employers more time to prepare plan documents.
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Study Hispanics Lag on Plan Participation

October 14, 2010
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The percentage of U.S.-born Hispanic workers participating in a plan was twice as high as the rate of Hispanic workers born outside the U.S., 40 percent to 20 percent, respectively.
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Gains Appear in U.S. Corporate Retirement Plan Assets

June 10, 2010
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Corporate defined-benefit plan assets totaled $2.17 trillion as of March 31, up 3.1 percent from the previous quarter. Total assets in corporate defined-contribution plans were $3.557 trillion, up 5.7 percent.
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