Retirement Paper

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  • Topic: Tax, Pension, Employment
  • Pages : 4 (1255 words )
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  • Published : May 24, 2007
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Abstract
Each employer's retirement benefits are different. Employees need to know exactly what benefits their employer offers and what each type of benefit does for the employee. Employees that understand defined contribution plans, defined benefit plans, 401(k), 403(b), the fiduciary requirements imposed by ERISA, and non-discrimination rules imposed by ERISA will help employees make good decisions regarding their retirement. Each plans has its good points and its bad points and employees need to know what there options are and which will benefit them. Not each plan is offered by employers, but knowing the rules and laws that they have to follow on the plans the do offer will assist the employee in learning how to save for retirement.

Retirement Plans
Each employee wants to receive retirement benefits from there employer. Understanding these benefits can be confusing and difficult unless they know the rules and laws. Employees that understand defined contribution plans, defined benefit plans, 401(k), 403(b), the fiduciary requirements imposed by ERISA, and non-discrimination rules imposed by ERISA will help employees make good decisions regarding their retirement. Defined Contribution Plans

Defined contribution plans allows employers and employees to make annual contributions in separate accounts established for each participating employee. Employers contribute a certain percentage of each participant's compensation annually. Employers invest these funds on behalf of the employee, choosing from a variety of investment such as company stocks, diversified stock market funds, or federal government bond funds. Employees bear the risk of possible investment gain or loss. Benefit amounts depend upon several factors, including the contribution amounts, the performance of investments, and forfeitures transferred to participant accounts. Forfeitures come from the accounts of employees who terminated their employment prior to them earning vesting...
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