We recently created an online resource that provides information to assist with "Making a Choice: Lump Sum or Annuity?"
Many people with a retirement plan face the decision of choosing between an annuity and a lump sum payment to fund their day-to-day life after they stop working. An annuity provides a lifetime steady stream of income whereas a lump sum is a one-time payment.
The new resource page allows you to get some insight on key questions (click on the question for the answer) that should be answered when making this important decision and offers other hypothetical scenarios you may face.
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If PBGC is responsible for your pension benefit, the easiest way to transact business with us is through MyPBA, our secure online service.
MyPBA is fast, free, and available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your online transactions are safe and confidential. You can change your address, sign up for direct deposit, designate your beneficiary, print out your IRS Form 1099-R, and view your payment information.
If you're a participant in a National Steel pension plan, you may have received a communication claiming that PBGC is conducting a general review of the benefit amounts paid to National Steel participants.
Please be assured that this is not the case. PBGC did not send out any such communication, and is not reviewing National Steel benefits.
We are confident that your pension benefit has been determined accurately and that you are receiving the maximum amount you are entitled to under law.
If you have any questions or receive additional false information purporting to come from PBGC, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-400-7242.
From the Pension Rights Center:
May is Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate the contributions older Americans have made to society — and to focus attention on the many services available to older Americans as part of the Older Americans Act.
The services that the Pension Rights Center is most proud of are those provided by the U.S. Administration on Aging's Pension Counseling and Information Program. The agency offers free legal assistance to people who need help in obtaining the retirement benefits they have earned. The Pension Rights Center provides training and technical assistance to the program's regional pension counseling projects. Since it was launched in 1993, the program has helped retirees and their families obtain more than $190 million in retirement benefits.
Throughout the month, the Pension Rights Center will highlight successful cases handled by the counseling projects.
- You will read about Vicki, who was shocked when she was told that she wasn't eligible for the pension her husband had told her would be there for her after his death.
- You'll also read about Bill, who was told that his 15 years of work had earned him only a one-time $500 lump sum, despite the fact that he knew he was entitled to a pension.
- You'll also read stories about many others who will now receive their pensions as a result of the work of the counseling projects.
- Finally, you can watch a video about the pension counseling projects that feature just a few of the real people whose lives were forever changed by the Pension Counseling and Information Program.
The Pension Counseling and Information Program provides free legal assistance to individuals in 30 states. To find out if you can be helped by a counseling project, visit http://www.pensionrights.org/find-help.
The best time to start thinking about and saving for retirement is always right now.
While that's true for everyone, recently there's been a steady flow of stories about twenty and thirty-somethings to get them ready for life after work.
That's because the estimates for how much a 20-year-old needs to save go as high as $7 million.
For some, the enormity of the task has paralyzed them into inaction, while others view themselves as highly disciplined money managers - a trait discussed in a recent report by Time.
There are many in the financial planning community who advise starting a savings plan with at least 10 percent of your yearly income. But for a generation with competing financial concerns like rent, car payments, and student loans, it's too easy not to save now for a need that's decades away.
Did you recently receive an Annual Funding Notice? Wondering what it means?
Annual Funding Notices keep you (pension plan participants) informed about the financial status of your pension plan.
Now, you're probably wondering why you received the letter. The answer is simple. You received the letter because employers are required to send an Annual Funding Notice each year to everyone covered by their pension plan.
The notice provides you with information about:
- How well your pension plan is funded
- The value of your pension plan's assets and liabilities
- How your pension plan's assets are invested
- The legal limits on how much PBGC can pay if your pension plan ends
The bottom line is there is no need to panic. The notice does not mean that your pension plan is ending or that PBGC is taking over payment of your benefit. While PBGC insures your pension, the pension plan remains under the sponsorship of your employer. PBGC does not have any specific information about your benefit.
For questions about your funding notice, pension plan, or individual benefit, please contact your pension plan administrator, not PBGC. PBGC only has information about pension plans that have ended. You can find contact information for the pension plan administrator in the annual funding notice or through the employer sponsoring the plan, typically via the human resources office.
Additional information is available on our Annual Funding Notice for Defined Benefit Pension Plans page.