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AMR Seeks Court Approval to Remove Lump-Sum Benefit Option in Pilots' Pension Plan

November 28, 2012
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American Airlines Inc. parent AMR Corp. has asked a federal bankruptcy court in New York for permission to allow the airline to amend its frozen pilots' pension plan so that retiring pilots cannot receive their accrued benefits as a lump-sum.
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Medicare Beneficiaries Face Boost in Out-Of-Pocket Expenses

November 27, 2012
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Medicare beneficiaries will face higher out-of-pocket expenses next year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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PBGC Deficit Hits Record $34 billion in 2012 Fiscal Year

November 16, 2012
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The deficit in the PBGC's insurance program for single-employer plans climbed to $29.1 billion in fiscal 2012, up from $23.3 billion the previous year. The deficit in the agency's insurance program that covers multiemployer pension plans climbed to about $5.2 billion, up from $2.8 billion the previous year.
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401(k) Plan Balances Hit Record High for 2012: Fidelity

November 8, 2012
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For the three-month period ending Sept. 30, employees' average account balances jumped 4.2 percent from the prior quarter, and 18 percent compared with the end of the third quarter of 2011 when account balances averaged $64,300, according to Fidelity Investments.
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With Election Near, Romney, Obama Take Very Different Stances on Health Care Reform Law

November 5, 2012
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Republican challenger Mitt Romney said numerous times during the campaign that one of his first acts, if elected, would be to seek repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But if President Barack Obama is elected for a new term, experts expect an acceleration in the pace at which health care reform regulations are issued.
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American Airlines Freezes Its Pension Plans

November 2, 2012
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In January, American said it would seek bankruptcy court approval to terminate the plans, which have about 130,000 participants.
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Mercer Analysis Explores Funded Status of Pension Plans in Several Countries

October 31, 2012
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In the United States, plans sponsored by employers in the S&P 1500 were on average 73 percent funded as of Sept. 30, down from 75 percent as of Dec. 31, while funding for plans sponsored by Canadian employers in the S&P/TSX fell to 83 percent, down from 87 percent as of the end of 2011.
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Kimberly-Clark Offers Lump-Sum Pension Benefits

October 24, 2012
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Participants will have until Nov. 21 to make the election. The lump sum payments will be funded from plan assets and will be made by the end of 2012.
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Verizon Buys Group Annuity and Sheds $7.5 Billion in Pension Liabilities

October 23, 2012
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New York-based Verizon became the second major employer in recent months to announce such a pension plan risk-reduction strategy.
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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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