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Articles by Patty Kujawa

Confidence Lost: Employees' Retirement Planning Hits Record Low

April 8, 2013
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Of the 251 retirees and 1,254 workers age 25 or older who responded to a new Employee Benefit Research Institute survey, 57 percent say they have less than $25,000 in household savings and investments.
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More Employees Driven to Auto-Enroll for Retirement Plans

March 28, 2013
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While more workers are chipping in for their golden years, the level of contributions continues to lag. Experts say the current 3 percent doesn't cut it. Between 10 and 12 percent is more like it.
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Target-Date Funds Put Bull's-Eye on Making Employees Retirement-Ready

March 14, 2013
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Now that defined contribution plans are the way most Americans save for retirement, and target-date funds are increasingly becoming the most popular investment in many 401(k) plans, many employers who offer the strategy say they will take a hard look at them this year.
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Preserving Tax Incentives for 401(k)s

February 7, 2013
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Experts are looking to educate lawmakers about the benefits of protecting the existing tax treatment of retirement plans.
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Employers Taking Charge of Their Retirement Plans

January 23, 2013
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New federal rules released last year made clear that defined contribution plan sponsors needed to get a better handle on investment and other provider fees. A new survey shows that they have.
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Experts Offer a 2013 To-Do List for Retirement-Plan Sponsors

January 23, 2013
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Revisiting the company's investment plan statement should be the first order of business, and then start building your paper trail to ward off IRS inquiries.
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The 401(k) Consolidation Conundrum

December 17, 2012
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Consolidating retirement accounts is typically a worker's responsibility, but employers can offer guidance to make the process easier.
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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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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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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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