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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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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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David Wray Interview: Ready for Retirement

October 11, 2012
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As part of our 90th anniversary, Workforce is talking to some of the people and organizations that helped influence today's workplace. In this installment, writer Patty Kujawa speaks with David Wray, the retired president of the Plan Sponsor Council of America, on his thoughts about the evolution of defined contribution plans.
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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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Health of Long-Term-Care Business Questionable: Report

September 19, 2012
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The field of long-term-care insurance providers is shrinking as companies exit the business or limit their sales. Of the 15 companies that generated the most statutory earned premiums for long term care insurance in 2010, five either no longer sell the product or have curbed sales.
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Middle-Income Americans Wing It on Financial Decisions

September 18, 2012
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About 67 percent of people with household annual income between $30,000 and $100,000 have made at least one 'really bad financial decision.' Those stumbles cost families an average $23,000.
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