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Retirement Pensions

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    Retirement — especially in the global economy of the 21st century in which jobs are scarce and life-prolonging medical procedures plentiful — may be the financial challenge of our lives. Our special report examines the different challenges of three American generations (Boomer, X, and Y).

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    Baby boomers, with their inheritances, homes, and old-fashioned pensions, may appear to be on track for a solid retirement — but some experts say the forecast for the generation born from 1946 through 1964 isn’t necessarily so rosy.

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    Gen X is the first generation to deal with the changing models of American retirement—and its members are flustered. The generation once called “slackers” has been true to form with retirement planning.

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    Is your IRA running at full throttle? Many people don’t realize that IRAs are not set-it-and-forget-it retirement vehicles. They need regular tune-ups to make certain they are producing enough to fund your retirement goals.

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    The good news is Americans are living longer. But the worry for many retirees is that they'll outlive their savings.

  • Some state officials are considering a novel proposal to rebuild America’s ailing retirement system: having state pension funds run retirement plans for companies. The New York Times reports.

  • UK public sector workers make less effort than those in the private sector, so should be forced to retire at a later age, veteran economist and strategist Roger Nightingale told CNBC Tuesday.

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    For most of us, retirement will be the shortest, most challenging period of our lives and yet few are fully prepared for this life stage.

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    Public spending on health has already lurched out of control, owing to expensive new technologies and malfunctioning medical markets. Here's why three reforms will be crucial.

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    After the stock market sank in 2008, many investors lost money from their 401(k)s, leaving those who are looking to retire strapped for cash, the New York Times reports.

  • S&P to Rise 40% by Year's End?

    Discussing whether the S&P 500 could finish the year 40% higher, with Michael Gayed, Pension Partners, and Jack Caffrey, JP Morgan Private Bank. "Conditions favoring risk assets are rising," says Gayed.

  • Fast Money Portfolio: Pensions & Private Equity

    Discussing how one pension fund is making a big bet on private equity, with Steve LeBlanc, Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

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    As the euro zone’s biggest economy, and one of its most successful in recent years, Germany has shouldered the burden of helping to bail out more troubled euro zone nations.

  • Sprint-MetroPCS Deal is Off

    KNTV's Scott Budman reports Sprint has walked away from a major deal with MetroPCS; Japanese regulators say AIJ Investment Advisors lost $2 billion dollars in pension assets it managed; shares of Kenneth Cole Productions soared after Kenneth Cole himself offered to buyback shares of the company; Starboard Value doesn't like the way AOL is being run, so it filed to nominate five people to the board; and shares of TiVo slid 3% after it issued a downbeat forecast.

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    Figuring out how much you'll need to retire — or how much you can expect to earn on your retirement dollars — isn't as simple as plugging numbers into an online calculator.

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    Parents who borrow money to pay for their children's college education are exacerbating a growing student loan crisis.

  • The financial crisis may have triggered yet another ripple – one that has gone somewhat unnoticed by investors.

  • Looming Corporate Pension Shortfalls

    Companies in the S&P will face a 36% pension shortfall this year. John Ehrhardt Milliman, Fastline, explains.

  • The "millenials" are perhaps the first generation to be actively thinking about planning for retirement in their 20s. Not expecting social security or traditional pensions, they're putting all their faith in 401(k)s and say they want help managing them.

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    With the Federal Reserve promising low rates at least through 2014, many retirees and conservative investors are naturally concerned. Here are four ways to plan accordingly.