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August 20, 2014
Americans still don’t trust the markets
Fifty-one percent of Americans, according to the latest COUNTRY Financial Security Index survey, still don’t trust the market or haven’t been able to bring themselves to dip their toes back in. ... Full Story
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August 20, 2014
Investors struggle with retirement know-how
Workers are better prepared for retirement despite having little understanding of financial products. ... Full Story
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August 20, 2014
SEC risk control plan could cause ‘pre-emptive runs’
The SEC says fees and obstacles would curb investors heading for the doors at times of market stress. The Fed disagrees. ... Full Story
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August 20, 2014
Participants pass on opportunities for retirement saving
Once they get that coveted 401(k) plan, participants aren’t at all confident about their abilities to make the right choices. ... Full Story
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August 20, 2014
Is a pets-at-work policy wellness' new best friend?
If you’re looking for ways to reduce stress and increase productivity at your workplace, the answer may be at your feet, or curled up on the couch, or chasing your kids around the yard. ... Full Story
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August 20, 2014
New reason people aren’t saving for retirement
The economy’s improvement has changed the top reason people give for not saving for retirement — but that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s cause for celebration, because the new reason is given by even more people.... Full Story
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August 20, 2014
Top 5 election issues for small businesses
The halls of Congress continue to resound with the clashing of ideological swords, and that cacophony will only become louder as the fall elections draw near.... Full Story
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August 20, 2014
Layoff fears fading as economy improves
Ah, how soon we forget. Just a year ago, American workers were fretting about job security, with many convinced they could be laid off at any moment. A year later, for the most part, that collective concern has vanished.... Full Story
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August 20, 2014
Fiduciary risk on deck at ERISA council hearings
The Department of Labor’s Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans opened three days of hearings in Washington, D.C., Tuesday on outsourcing of fiduciary liability, among other issues.... Full Story
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August 19, 2014
Big Brother will arrive by 2022 with employee blessing
Many employees will be willing to trade privacy at work for job security, according to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers. ... Full Story
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August 19, 2014
The tricky business of finding a 401(k) advisor
Plan sponsors searching for a new advisor today have no shortage of options, and that can be a problem. ... Full Story
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August 19, 2014
Boys beat girls on financial preparation
Women typically have a rougher time financially than men. They live longer in retirement; depend more on Social Security (usually at a lower rate than men because of lower salaries and less time in the workplace), and have less income and less chance of it from a 401(k) or defined benefit plan (again, because of generally lower salaries and less time in the workplace). They also are more likely to have raided what retirement savings they do have to deal with financial emergencies. ... Full Story
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August 19, 2014
Cigna to expand presence in private exchange
Cigna says it's extending its network both through the extension of existing health insurance exchanges and the launch of new ones. It has set Sept. 1 as the date for the expansion. ... Full Story
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August 19, 2014
DOL on ‘orphan’ accounts: try harder
Fiduciaries have a duty to find missing plan participants but that’s not always as easy as it may seem. ... Full Story
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August 19, 2014
Retirement savings nil for more than a third of Americans
Saving for retirement is definitely not the highest priority on the list for 36 percent of Americans. ... Full Story
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August 19, 2014
Top 100 corporate pensions see dip in July
The funded status of the 100 largest corporate defined benefit pension plans eroded slightly last month, falling from 85.3 percent in June to 85 percent in July, following a brief uptick from May to June. ... Full Story
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