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Retirement plans defined: A lexicon of benefits options

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retirement piggy banks Regardless of the kind of retirement plan your company offers, it pays to know what all your options are. Here are definitions of five basic kinds of retirement plans, as broken down by the nonprofit Employee Benefit Research Institute.

Note: There are lots of variations on these basic plans. Your retirement benefits provider can guide you toward the options most appropriate for your organization and employees.

Defined benefit plan

This is the traditional pension your grandfather had. A defined benefit plan is usually paid in the form of an annuity. The benefit is based on a formula, typically involving salary and length of service. Private-sector defined benefit pensions are usually financed entirely by the employer.

They’re not “portable”—that is, they don’t move with an employee from job to job.

Defined contribution plan

In contrast, a defined contribution plan doesn’t guarantee any retirement benefit. Most often, contri­...(register to read more)

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cody August 19, 2013 at 1:21 am

Know what is best plane for you. and know what is company offers. to their employees,


cody August 19, 2013 at 12:16 am

This makes very good sent.. and plans for your retieremet plans.and rensure you have some thing to relay on.


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