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On Wednesday the agency moved to end the Cinram Music Union Pension plan, which has some 280 participants and is about 53 percent funded, according to PBGC estimates.

We took this step because the company that sponsors the plan is about to sell the majority of its assets to a buyer that isn't assuming the pension plan.

The plan's sponsor, Cinram (U.S.) Holding's Inc., is involved in a Chapter 15 case in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., while its Toronto-based parent, Cinram International Inc., sought creditor protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act in a Canadian court. More...

Backyard with patio overlooking a lake.

As many retirees rely on a fixed income, the decision of where to retire can sometimes be tough. The golden ticket is finding a place that is not just affordable but enjoyable. Many retirees want a place that is alive with arts, culture, and community.

Luckily, AARP has done the research so you can get the most bang for your buck! Their listing of the “10 Best Places to Live on $100 a Day”:

 

  • Spokane, Washington
  • Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Roanoke, Virginia
  • Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Gainesville, Florida

 

Read AARP’s full article: http://www.aarp.org/home-family/livable-communities/info-07-2012/best-places-for-low-cost-retirement.html?intcmp=HPBB2C

Here's what made headlines this week in pension news:

Plansponsor.com publishes, "PBGC Agrees to Take a United Way Plan."

Retirees Wrestle With Pension Buyout From General Motorsthe New York Times reports.

"The United States District Court for the District of Columbia found that a Japanese parent company may be legally responsible for the pension-related liabilities of its American subsidiary," Lawyers Weekly.

In and around the hard-hit city of Detroit, PBGC is protecting the retirement of people making a difference.  The agency has stepped in to protect the retirement income of the nearly 1,600 employees of United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

While the pension plan is ending, the not-for-profit United Way for Southeastern Michigan is not. So, workers there can continue the non-profit's mission to improve communities and individual lives with the confidence that their pensions are safe.

The pension plan had a shortfall of about $23 million, which PBGC will make up from its insurance funds. Retirees will get their full benefit, up to the limits set by Congress ($54,000 a year for a 65-year-old).

If you're a member of the pension plan you will get a letter from us soon with more information. In the meantime, see the United Way for Southeastern Michigan plan page for more information.

You Comment, We Respond

  |   July 18, 2012

At PBGC, we need and want your feedback to help us perform our best.

Our website hosts a couple of surveys through which our customers and users of the website can review our service and submit suggestions for improvements.

One of the surveys measures our customers' satisfaction with our website.  A separate survey measures people's perception of PBGC and how well we carry out our mission. 

When you visit PBGC.gov, you may receive an invitation to take a survey when you leave the website.  Not everyone who visits the website gets an invitation.  Even if you do get one, you are not obligated to take the survey, and you can't specify which survey you wish to take. More...

According to a recent Prudential study, women are less confident about their retirement finances than their male counterparts. The study also highlighted the difference in level of confidence between women younger than 35 and those of the baby-boomer generation. It is believed that this confidence gap may reflect a gap of knowledge and experience.

An article from CBS Money Watch details the following tips women can take to boost their confidence about being prepared for the future.

1.       Go for retirement benefits

2.       Contribute to spousal IRA

3.       Inventory your retirement benefits

4.       Monitor and manage investments

Read the full article on CBSNews.com.