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Advocacy Group Recommends Principles for Retirement Plans

In recent testimony before the Labor Departmentís Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Advisory Board, the American Benefits Council identifies a set of principles for evaluating the many health and retirement benefit plan disclosures currently required under the law.

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Survey: Most Minnesotans Favor State-supported Retirement Plan

Most Minnesota registered voters ages 35-64 who are in the workforce hope to retire and stop working at the average age of 66, but many do not feel financially prepared. Nearly three-quarters support a state retirement savings plan that would help residents save for retirement through a public-private partnership, according to a new survey from AARP Research.

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New Study Ranks Best and Worst States to Retire In

The study examined eight key factors which were weighted in line with a nationally representative survey of non-retired U.S. adults. From most to least important, the categories were: cost of living, healthcare quality, crime, cultural vitality, weather, taxes, senior citizensí well-being and the prevalence of other seniors.

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GAO: Improvements Needed in Retirement Income Options

As 401(k) plan participants reach retirement, they face the challenge of making their savings last for an unknown lifespan, and many 401(k) plan sponsors do not offer options to help participants with this complex task.

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GAO Reviews Aging, Retirement, Social Security Linkages

An increase in average life expectancy for individuals in the United States is a positive development, but also requires more planning and saving to support longer retirements, according to a newly released report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). At the same time, as life expectancy has not increased uniformly across all income groups, proposed actions to address the effects of longevity on programs and plan sponsors may impact lower-income and higher-income individuals differently.

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Administration Offers Sweeping Proposals on Retirement Policy

The White House this week unveiled a series of proposals aimed at ensuring near universal access to workplace retirement savings accounts and creating a path to a more portable retirement benefits by testing what works.

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Employers Not Keeping Up with Changes in Retirement

A new report illustrates that todayís workers are expecting to transition into retirement but face a significant obstacle: Few employers have employment practices to support them.

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What You Donít Know about 401(k) Plans can Hurt You

A bad plan, with exorbitant fees and poor fund choices, can mean surrendering hundreds of thousands of dollars in retirement savings during the years of investing.

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Democrats Urge Changes in Retirement Savings Rules

A bicameral group of congressional Democrats sends a letter to Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez encouraging the Employee Benefits Security Administration to issue guidance on innovations designed to help workers retain retirement savings between jobs.

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Revised ERISA Guidelines Encourage Social Good

The latest revisions to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) guidelines will allow retirement asset investments that yield social and environmental impact. The revisions address guideline changes made in 2008 that limited investorsí ability to use socially conscious investment vehicles. Indeed, ERISAís latest revision has the potential to stimulate investment of the nationís $25 trillion in retirement assets in affordable housing and equitable economic development.

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