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March 5, 2013
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  • Report calls for a holistic approach to retirement planning
    The financial planning industry should take a more holistic approach to reach those who don't have retirement plans, a report by the Deloitte Center for Financial Services says. "Retirement goals probably should not be addressed in a vacuum, oblivious to the more immediate pressing financial demands on most people," the report says. Financial Advisor online (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sponsors should rethink retirement-plan approach, expert says
    Inertia and procrastination are among the top five problematic investor behaviors that will never change, and retirement-plan sponsors should rethink plan structures to work around them, says Greg Kasten, founder of Unified Trust. For example, Kasten says, plan sponsors should give participants a savings goal at enrollment meetings if they don't have one. Putting participants in a target-date fund is not enough, he says. AdvisorOne (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 401(k)s are helpful but need improvements, experts say
    401(k) plans remain useful to investors who have access to them through work, but there are several ways that 401(k)s could be improved, a panel of experts said at an industry event. "We'd like to see money paid out over participants' lifetimes and encourage annuitization," said Karen Friedman of the Pension Rights Center. Kevin Crain of Merrill Lynch suggested that employers could improve plan participation by offering 401(k) enrollment and benefits enrollment together. Participants' withdrawals and financial literacy also pose challenges to the plans' success, Friedman said. AdvisorOne (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Retirement years seen as time of poverty or extended work
    The outlook for U.S. retirees is bleak, says Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. The options are increasingly aligning into three categories: poverty in old age with diminishing returns from Social Security, choosing to live a more austere life in working years while setting aside the large sums needed to have a decent retirement, or continuing to work well into what would normally be the retirement years. U.S. News & World Report/The Best Life blog (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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