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When a Company Match Is in the Mix

September 30, 2014
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There’s no set structure, and companies aren’t required to match employee 401(k) contributions; for those that do, formulas vary.


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Sorry, ERISA Is Hardly a Failure

September 5, 2014
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Not everyone has a 401(k) at work, but that is irrelevant. Retirement safeguards are in place for workers, and besides, anyone can open an IRA either at a bank or online. 


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Companies Roll Out Re-enrollment Strategy

September 1, 2014
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Re-enrollment in a 401(k) is a popular employer approach that puts workers on the right investment track and offers protections for plan sponsors.


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State of Retirement: Legislators Mull Retiree Funds

August 11, 2014
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Advocates say the best place to address these issues is at the state level, and California is the closest to implementing a state-run plan.


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What Kind of Retirement Guidance Should Be Offered?

July 31, 2014
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What is the trend among large corporations to offer retiring leaders some guidance or preparation for both the financial and emotional impact of retirement? Why do they do it and what types of services do they offer?

— Fact-finding Mission, president, consulting/legal, Los Gatos, California


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By the Numbers, July 2014

July 2, 2014
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The employee cycle; (not) getting schooled; job hop; when I'm 65.
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401(k)s With ‘Automatic’ Steering Drive Savings Success

July 2, 2014
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Auto-enrollment in defined contribution plans has helped employees skittish on making choices save for retirement.
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How Do We Get Our ESOP Plan Started?

June 17, 2014
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My company wants to start an employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP, that defines a vesting year as being an actively employed participant on Dec. 31 of that year and you credited with at least 1,000 hours of employment. Should this include regular hours, overtime hours, and PTO hours? What else might we need to consider?
— ESOP Fable, financial/insurance/real estate, Des Moines, Iowa

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Home in the Range: Health Care Retirement Costs as Much as a House

June 3, 2014
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A recent study indicated that 48 percent of respondents believe they will need $50,000 to pay for individual health care costs in retirement, but the true cost is estimated at four times that amount.
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‘Working Until I Die,’ the New American Way?

June 1, 2014
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Research shows that not every U.S. worker is saving for retirement, but experts disagree on who’s to blame.
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