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  1. Senators call on Treasury to help smaller employers offer retirement plans

    trueThe Treasury Department could promote more retirement programs among small employers by making it easier for them to join multiple-employer plans, several members of the Senate Finance Committee said in a letter to Secretary Jacob Lew.

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  1. Federal retirement benefits likely target for GOP

    trueFederal employees are bracing for more bad news about their retirement benefits as Republicans prepare to control both chambers of Congress.

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  2. GOP Congress might revisit tax incentives for retirement plans

    trueAs Republicans prepare to take control of the 114th Congress in 2015, their agenda could change the tax incentives for retirement plan sponsors and participants. Money managers could also see changes if the new Congress revisits much-criticized financial regulation.

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  3. 2 senators call for derisking rules

    trueSenate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, want federal regulators to set clear guidelines for employers undertaking pension derisking.

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  4. Retirement tax incentives called 'out of whack'

    trueSenate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said at a hearing Tuesday that “something is out of whack” between the $140 billion in annual tax subsidies for retirement savings and the number of people who don’t have enough saved for retirement.

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  5. FSOC considers designating MetLife as systemically important

    trueMetLife Inc. should be designated a systemically important financial institution, members of the Financial Stability Oversight Council voted Thursday in a closed meeting.

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  6. ERISA architect Nagle praised as intelligent, fair

    trueRobert E. Nagle, one of the architects of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 who died Aug. 16, is remembered by colleagues as a good, kind, competent man whose knowledge and fairness in the employee benefits field was unmatched.

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  7. Senate passes House version of highway bill

    trueThe U.S. Senate approved on Thursday the House version of a highway funding bill that includes more generous pension funding calculations.

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  8. Senate reduces pension smoothing measures for highway bill

    trueThe Senate version of a highway funding bill approved Tuesday calls for less generous pension funding calculations for defined benefit plans than a House plan approved July 15.

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  9. Hedge funds, banks come under fire for basket options

    trueRenaissance Technologies, Barclays Bank PLC, and Deutsche Bank AG were criticized for misusing structured financial products to avoid taxes and banking leverage limits.

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  10. SEC investigating hedge funds in House committee insider-trading probe

    trueSome of the country’s largest hedge funds are being investigated by the SEC as part of an insider-trading probe.

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  11. House passes pension funding changes in Highway Trust Fund legislation

    trueMore generous pension funding calculations for defined benefit plans were approved Tuesday by the House, 367-55, as part of legislation extending the Highway Trust Fund.

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  12. Senate's pension smoothing extension shorter than House proposal

    trueThe Senate Finance Committee called for pension funding stabilization, or smoothing, as part of a funding package for the Highway Trust Fund approved Thursday.

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  13. House panel approves 2 bills to change FSOC authority

    trueHouse Financial Services Committee approved two bills Friday that would change or delay efforts by the Financial Stability Oversight Council to identify emerging risks in the financial system. The 32-27 votes on each bill were split along party lines, with Republicans for and Democrats against ...

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