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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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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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You, Too, Can Be a Member of the ‘Millionaires Club'

April 3, 2012
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Despite the dour results of a recent survey, experts say employers can boost workers' retirement confidence. A Texas credit union is doing exactly that with its 'millionaires club:' Its HR department set up the club to encourage high savings rates among its employees.
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Getting Minorities to Buy In on Retirement

February 13, 2012
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Experts agree that automatically enrolling all participants and annually increasing the pretax employee salary contribution is crucial for getting minorities to participate in retirement plans.
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Wisconsin's Tough Choice

February 11, 2012
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Facing a $3.6 billion deficit for the state's 2011-13 budget, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he knew he had to do something and didn't really like the choices. The budget shortfall was the largest the state had ever seen, and Walker says he didn't want to raise taxes, fire anybody or cut services.
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States Taking a Hard Look at Pensions

February 11, 2012
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Considering that state and local pension systems are staring at $4 trillion in unfunded liabilities, it's no wonder that pension reform is on the minds of legislators across the country. Workforce Management takes a state-by-state look at the mounting problems and potential solutions being considered.
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Employers Eye Revamping Retirement Plans

February 6, 2012
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With the continued downward spiral of the number of defined benefit plans, employers are becoming more concerned about workers having enough money to sustain their retirement. They are looking at guaranteed defined benefit-like investment options, mostly referred to as retirement income solutions, to help employees have more secured savings to tap throughout retirement.
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Plan Sponsors Plot Their ‘De-Risking' of Defined Benefits

January 26, 2012
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According to a December 2011 study by Mercer and CFO Research Services, 59 percent of 192 senior-level financial executives surveyed say their defined benefit pension plan poses at least a moderate risk to their companies' short-term financial performance. High plan liabilities coupled with a weak market are causing plan sponsors to explore new strategies for protecting assets.
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A ‘Father's' Wisdom: An Interview With Ted Benna

January 20, 2012
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As part of our 90th anniversary, Workforce Management is talking to some of the people and organizations that helped influence today's workplace. In this installment, Workforce Management contributor Patty Kujawa speaks with Ted Benna, the "father" of the 401(k). In the early 1980s, Benna, a benefits consultant saw an opportunity in the tax code that ultimately made 401(k) plans flourish. It earned him the "father" title. Benna says at the time there wasn't a strong incentive for employees to contribute. So in 1981 he asked the Internal Revenue Service to change certain rules, which led to today's 401(k)s. Benna is currently the president of the 401(k) Association and chief operating officer at Malvern Benefits Corp.
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