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The (Employer) Match Is Back

November 16, 2012
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Recent data show that employers have not only restored the matching 401(k), but also that employees are contributing more to their retirement plans as well.
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PBGC Deficit Hits Record $34 billion in 2012 Fiscal Year

November 16, 2012
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The deficit in the PBGC's insurance program for single-employer plans climbed to $29.1 billion in fiscal 2012, up from $23.3 billion the previous year. The deficit in the agency's insurance program that covers multiemployer pension plans climbed to about $5.2 billion, up from $2.8 billion the previous year.
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401(k) Plan Balances Hit Record High for 2012: Fidelity

November 8, 2012
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For the three-month period ending Sept. 30, employees' average account balances jumped 4.2 percent from the prior quarter, and 18 percent compared with the end of the third quarter of 2011 when account balances averaged $64,300, according to Fidelity Investments.
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States Up the Pressure on Retirement Plans for Private Workers

November 8, 2012
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California's new state-administered retirement savings program for certain private-sector workers could serve as a model for other states.
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American Airlines Freezes Its Pension Plans

November 2, 2012
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In January, American said it would seek bankruptcy court approval to terminate the plans, which have about 130,000 participants.
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Thirty Percent of Eligible Employees Take GM Lump-Sum Offer

October 31, 2012
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GM announced on June 1 it would offer 42,000 salaried retirees a lump-sum offer. Another 76,000 salaried retirees, along with those who declined the lump sum, will receive annuity payments from Prudential.
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New Research Shows Retirees Are Bailing on 401(k)s Earlier

October 30, 2012
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The data suggest that more retirees are taking their money and bailing from their plan even sooner after they stop working than used to be the case.
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Kimberly-Clark Offers Lump-Sum Pension Benefits

October 24, 2012
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Participants will have until Nov. 21 to make the election. The lump sum payments will be funded from plan assets and will be made by the end of 2012.
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Employer-Sponsored Health Benefits for Retirees Dying Out

October 24, 2012
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Data from the Employee Benefits Research Institute showed that in 1997, 10.2 percent of private-sector employers provided health insurance to Medicare-eligible retirees and that 11.3 percent provided such coverage to early retirees. As of last year, those numbers fell to 6.1 percent and 6.7 percent respectively.
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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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