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Lump Sum vs. Pension: Which is the Better Option?

One of the most frequent questions from pension recipients is: “Our employer gives us a choice of either a pension or a lump sum when we retire. Which is better?” You will have to get out a pencil and hand calculator to find the better choice, and it’s dependent on a lot of factors. Here…

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Retirement Calculator Including Pension

While pensions are not nearly as common as they once were, they are a very important part of the retirement plans for many of society’s most valued workers: teachers, police officers, fire fighters and more!  However, it is surprisingly hard to find a reliable retirement calculator including pension. Whether you have a state retirement pension,…

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Find Lost 401k: How to Find Out If You Have Lost or Forgotten Retirement Accounts

Here is a guide for how to find lost money — a lost 401k or other unclaimed retirement benefits. The Big Takeaways… Each year, it’s estimated that more than 900,000 401(k) accounts go unclaimed, in addition to $300M in unclaimed pensions. The simplest ways to find your lost 401(k) is by contacting your previous employer,…

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What is a 403(b)? Is a Tax Sheltered Annuity a Good Investment?

If you are an employee at a school, church, hospital or other non profit, then you are eligible for a “tax-sheltered annuity” — also known as a 403(b) plan. (Don’t work for a non profit? Learn more about annuities and how to invest in them in a tax advantaged way. ) Your work may influence…

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Should I Take a Lump Sum Pension Offer? Use a Lump Sum Calculator and a Retirement Calculator

If you are debating whether or not to take a lump sum pension offer in place of lifetime benefits, it’s important to understand key information in order to make an informed decision. According to a new Government Accountability Office report, many of the informational materials provided by sponsors offering lump sums do not present enough…

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Expert Interview with Jonathan Broadbent About Pension Plans

Planning for retirement has changed a lot in the last 20 years, and it is safe to assume that it will be nearly unrecognizable in another two decades. When you’re already struggling to keep up with life, how can you expect to keep up with all the changes with retirement plans, let alone understand them?…

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Retirement Planning: Congress Allows Some Pension Benefits to Be Cut — Even Benefits for People Already Retired

Anyone with a multi employer pension is at risk of cut benefits. You’ve probably seen it in the movies. A worker reaches retirement and the company presents him or her with a gold watch and a nice, comfortable pension. That kind of security makes devoting years of your work life to a single company or…

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Expert Interview with Ros Altmann about Pensions, Retirement and Savings

Dr. Ros Altmann of PensionsAndSavings.com is known as a consumer champion and has spent a good part of her career “highlighting financial injustice, helping ordinary members of the public pro bono and explaining complex financial or economic issues for the layperson.” With her vast experience and strong knowledge base, her insight on retirement and investment-related…