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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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Boeing Proposes Ending Defined Benefit Plan for New Employees

September 11, 2012
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Boeing's proposal would amount to a 40 percent reduction in benefits from current levels. The union's contract with Boeing expires Oct. 6.
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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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National 401(k) Day Brings Retirement Planning Problems to Light

September 7, 2012
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This year's Sept. 7 kickoff date for National 401(k) Day "is a great trigger event for plan sponsors to have the conversation of how to get the most out of your 401(k)," says Chris Augelli, vice president of sales operations at ADP Retirement Services. "But it's not a one-time event. It should be an ongoing dialogue."
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Too Much Company Stock Can Be Hazardous to a 401(k) Account

September 1, 2012
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'Companies that look great today may not look great tomorrow. It is better for participants not to be overexposed in their retirement plans to company stock,' BrightScope founder Dan Weeks says.
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Reform Law is Biggest Threat to Medicare: Paul Ryan

August 30, 2012
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As chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan drafted budgets for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 that include plans to overhaul the nation's federal healthcare entitlement programs through a premium-support model for Medicare and block grant payments to states for Medicaid.
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Working Longer No Lock for Comfortable Retirement

August 30, 2012
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In the past, most workers figured they'd be able to retire at the age of 65. But following 2008's financial crisis, the idea of working a few more years to recoup lost savings became commonplace.
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Employee Retirement Statements Get a Fee Makeover

August 22, 2012
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Participants in defined contribution plans should receive the first of two fee-disclosure notices by Aug. 30. This notice should include a listing of all the investments available in the plan as well as the options' fees and historical performance.
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The Hot List: 2012 401(k) Plan Administrators

August 17, 2012
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