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Retirement: Are retirement plans as successful as they say?

Studies have been completed that show retirement plans are not as successful as many are told they are. This includes plans like 401Ks and other contribution plans.

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Many employees choose not to accept retirement plans at all anymore.

One major reason is that the sums offered aren’t up to par.

Employees want to invest small amounts to cover their retirement.


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Defined benefit retirement plan explained

Marca reports that a defined benefit plan is a retirement income given with no effort from the employee other than going to work.

This allows the payment to be made all through retirement so budgeting is simpler.

Your spouse may also be taken care of if you die.


Advantages and disadvantages to this type of retirement plan

These types of plans are usually covered by insurance if the employer cannot afford to pay.

Cost of living adjustments may be offered as well as tax deferred savings.

There are no required employee contributions.

The benefit amount is disclosed ahead of time and budgeting is made easier.


While there are many advantages, there are disadvantages too.

Not all plans allow lump sum payments and you may not get benefits until your full retirement age.

You won’t get the benefit if you leave the job before retirement.

You have no control over the investments and that may result in lower growth.

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