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Study: Couple Retiring in 2012 Needs $240K to Cover Medical Expenses

May 9, 2012
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Of the $240,000 needed to cover a retired couple's health care expenses, Fidelity estimates 32 percent will go toward paying Medicare Part B and Part D premiums; 45 percent will be consumed by expenses not covered by Medicare; and 23 percent will be spent on out-of-pocket prescription drug expenses.
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Ending a Defined Benefit Plan Takes Shutdown Strategy, Experts Say

May 9, 2012
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Before a plan can be terminated, it needs to have all the funds necessary to pay benefits to employees. Once that happens, plan sponsors can start the process of shutting down the plan.
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Auto Enrollment in Place? Good, but Without Auto Increase, Disaster Lies in Wait

May 8, 2012
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Even with employer matches, automatically enrolled workers' annual savings doesn't hit the recommended minimum 10 percent of pay.
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Fidelity-ABB Ruling First in What Could Be String of Excessive-Plan-Fee Cases

April 19, 2012
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The case is significant because new federal rules that go into effect this summer will require 401(k) plan service providers—such as record keepers and investment managers—to report detailed fee information to plan sponsors.
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Rules for Retirement-Plan Fees Have Some Companies Scrambling to Comply

April 17, 2012
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Plan sponsors need provider fee information so they can give participants data on fees. This regulation comes in two waves: the first requiring plan sponsors to give participants plan and investment information due Aug. 30, and the second delivering quarterly information on fees and services to participants' individual accounts, due Nov. 14.
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Retirement Savings Tax Breaks Safe—for Now

April 17, 2012
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At a House hearing, neither Dems nor Republicans seemed eager to tinker with main selling point of 401(k)s and IRAs.
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Young Workers as Lifers? Millennials Push Employers on Retirement Benefits

April 10, 2012
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After seeing parents struggle through the Great Recession, a survey reveals that for many younger workers, financial security later in life is growing more important.
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Home Depot Renovates 401(k) Plans to Add Value, Cut Costs

April 9, 2012
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The plans offer a core lineup of 12 options, in addition to the target-date series and a self-directed brokerage window to accommodate participants who want greater access to mutual funds, exchange-traded funds and stocks.
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PBGC Director Gotbaum Discusses New Retirement Plan Options

April 5, 2012
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'What we need to do is provide options so that, case by case—employer and employee—they have choices. … And I think that, actually, is an important part of the future,' Joshua Gotbaum told the National Press Club on April 3.
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Racial Disparities in 401(k) Accounts Found: Aon

April 4, 2012
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Among the employees who reported pulling money out of their retirement savings, two-thirds indicated they needed the cash for an emergency, debt or day-to-day living expenses.
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