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FAQ: The differences between a pension and a 401(k)

by Samantha Fields Oct 9, 2019
An explanation of how they work and which one is better.
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GE freezes pensions as the benefit becomes endangered in private sector

by Meghan McCarty Carino Oct 8, 2019
General Electric is freezing its pensions for 20,000 non-union workers and will offer pension buyouts for another 100,000 former employees. GE said the move will save $8 billion, part of a plan to shed some of the company’s considerable debt.…
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Should you be worried about big dips in the stock market?

by Lizzie O'Leary Feb 9, 2018
We gathered experts to answer this and more of your questions about the week's roller-coaster ride.
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Why people are abandoning their 401(k)s

by Marketplace Weekend Staff Dec 8, 2017
Changing jobs? Remember to move your retirement funds.
Don't leave your 401(k) behind when you move to a new job.
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5 things you need to know about 401(k)s

by Marketplace Contributor Oct 27, 2017
The award-winning author of "Money Girl’s Smart Moves to Grow Rich," tells us what we need to know about the popular retirement savings account.
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Congress looks at capping your annual 401(k) contribution

by David Brancaccio Oct 24, 2017
What alternatives are out there?
There is a “considerable amount of concern that middle-income Americans are not saving enough for their retirement,” says Joseph Cordes of George Washington University.
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What's your financial plan for retirement?

by Marketplace Weekend Staff Sep 27, 2017
Why only a third of Americans are saving for retirement.
Are you ready for retirement?
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Individual retirement accounts aren’t attracting enough of the right individuals

by Reema Khrais May 2, 2017
IRAs were created to give people without employer-sponsored retirement plans a tax-free incentive to save.

Americans just can't leave retirement savings alone

by , and Feb 13, 2017
For each dollar saved, 40 cents is withdrawn. Social scientists have a solution.
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America's coming retirement crisis

by , and Feb 6, 2017
Six in 10 Americans aren't on track with their savings.
Two recessions and almost a decade of sluggish economic growth have offered a reality check on how much Americans should be saving for retirement.
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