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0651, 25 Jul 18

Congressional Republicans Look to Expand Retirement Options

If they can’t get these ideas passed as part of a larger package to make the tax cuts permanent, they should carve them out into a standalone bill and pass it.

Brady’s proposal is expected to include a revamped version of the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act of 2018 that was proposed in March. The bill could make it easier for small businesses to offer 401(k) retirement accounts to workers and provide some with annuity-like vehicles, which provide guaranteed income during retirement.

“In many ways, this provision helps recreate traditional pension plans that used to promise workers that no matter how long they lived, they’d get a monthly check thanks to their former employer,” Dirk Kempthorne, CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers wrote in an op-ed.

The changes would be the most significant to retirement savings since 2006. That could be especially important as nearly half of working-age families have nothing saved in retirement accounts. Analysis from the Federal Reserve found that the median working-age family had only $5,000 saved in 2013.


0651, 25 July 2018


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