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  • Many Workers in Public Sector Retiring Sooner Tuesday, 6 Dec 2011 | 9:48 AM ET

    The change partly reflects demographics but also government cost-cutting that has resulted in less generous pay and benefits, the New York Times reports.

  • Target Date Funds: Next Generation     Tuesday, 29 Nov 2011 | 1:41 PM ET

    Chip Castille, BlackRock, sheds light on the income shortfall more retirees are facing.

  • Americans are unprepared for retirement, so much so that it's reached crisis levels, according to a new survey of small business owners.

  • Help for Retirement Shortfalls Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 3:36 PM ET

    Ameriprise Financial examined where consumers are most confident about retirement. Many expressed a nagging sense that they hadn’t saved enough money to keep them afloat. They’re right to worry, but they still have time for corrections.

  • Small Biz 401K Misconceptions     Thursday, 17 Nov 2011 | 10:22 AM ET

    Insight on why many small businesses have been scared away from starting their own plans for employees, with Chad Parks, The Online 401k president.

  • Cracking Your Nest Egg Early Friday, 4 Nov 2011 | 3:35 PM ET

    Withdrawing money from a retirement account can carry a high price. Besides jeopardizing long-term savings, withdrawals can incur a 10 percent penalty. Still, if you’re in a financial pinch there are some options for cracking your nest egg that are better than others.

  • Targeting the Right Fund     Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011 | 1:50 PM ET

    Why target date funds will become largest 401k option in just a few years, with CNBC's Sharon Epperson.

  • Flexible Savings Accounts Become Even More Valuable Now Wednesday, 6 Jul 2011 | 11:27 AM ET

    “Flexible savings accounts are today what the 401(k) match was 10 or 15 years ago, where people didn’t grasp that this free opportunity was sitting there,” says one financial expert.

  • Genuine Self-Direction: Invest In What You Know Wednesday, 15 Jun 2011 | 12:50 PM ET
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    Why risk your retirement investing in what others claim to know? Technically all retirement plans can be self-directed, but unfortunately the majority of plans are limited to the assets sold by the plan provider.

  • Making the Best 401(k) Choice Tuesday, 15 Feb 2011 | 10:16 AM ET

    If your employer has automatically enrolled you in a 401 (k) plan at the beginning of this year, it’s time to take stock of your holdings. What your company has chosen may or may not be advantageous to you.

  • retired couple paperwork

    After plowing money into 401(k)'s and IRAs for decades, struggling over which investments to choose and how best to boost your returns, the time does come, eventually, to withdraw those funds. Here, tips on how to proceed.

  • Retirement on Hold: American Workers $6 Trillion Short Wednesday, 15 Sep 2010 | 7:00 AM ET

    A new study by Boston College's Center for Retirement Research says Americans are $6.6 trillion short of what they need to retire.

  • Battle Looms Over Huge Costs of Public Pensions Saturday, 7 Aug 2010 | 9:19 AM ET
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    There’s a class war coming to the world of government pensions.  The haves are retirees who were once state or municipal workers. Their seemingly guaranteed and ever-escalating monthly pension benefits are breaking budgets nationwide.

  • Are 401 (k) Matches Really Coming Back? Tuesday, 3 Aug 2010 | 3:56 PM ET

    Some of the largest corporations—American Express, FedEx and JP Morgan —are reinstating the company match for their 401 (k) plans, but whether that represents an trend of any sort is a matter of debate.

  • Cracking Down on 401(k) Fees Monday, 2 Aug 2010 | 4:03 PM ET

    Starting in July 2011, firms that are 401(k) service providers must disclose in writing all direct and indirect compensation received, make available plan investment options in connection with brokerage and record-keeping services or both and disclose any changes to the fee structure within 60 days.

  • New Battle May Erupt Over High Retirement Fund Fees Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 11:06 AM ET

    A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling offers investors no help in combatting excessive mutual fund fees. And shareholders advocates say the ruling may spark a new round of litigation.

  • The rise in job losses, grim prospects for Social Security benefits, and paltry personal savings has created a situation where many Boomers must put off retirement from the workforce because they simply cannot afford it.

  • As retiring Baby Boomers flee to safer investments, some analysts fear there will be too many stocks and too few investors. But a lot depends on how much Boomers can really afford a conservative investing style as they try to recover from a lost decade for the stock market.

  • 2010 should be the year to reform retirement in Washington, said Robert Reynolds, CEO and president of Putnam Investments. He shared his insights with investors.

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