What You Should Know About Your Retirement Savings Plan

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Retirement Planning and retirement plans


Your employer’s retirement savings plan is an essential part of your future financial security. It is important to understand how your plan works and what benefits you will receive. Just as you would keep track of money that you put in a bank or other financial institution, it is in your best interest to keep track of your retirement benefits.

Those responsible for the management and oversight of your retirement plan must follow certain rules for operating the plan, handling the plan’s money and overseeing the firms that manage the money. You should also understand and monitor your retirement plan and your benefits. You will find Action Items in each chapter to assist you in doing this.

This article helps you understand your plan and explains what information you should review periodically and where to go for help with questions. It includes information on:

Different types of retirement plans

What information you can get about your plan

When and how you can receive retirement benefits

What to do if you have a question or find a mistake

The responsibilities of those who manage the plan and its investments;

Your responsibilities to understand and monitor your plan

Specific circumstances such as how a divorce or change of employer ownership may affect your retirement benefit.

More Information

Part 1: Types of Retirement Savings Plans
Part 6: Filing A Claim For Benefits
Part 2: Earning Retirement Benefits
Part 7: Responsibilities Of Plan Fiduciaries
Part 3: Plan Information To Review
Part 8: Your Benefit During A Plan Termination
Part 4: Payment Of Benefits
Part 9: Potential Claims Against Your Benefit
Part 5: Taking Your Retirement Benefit With You
Part 10: What To Do If You Have A Problem

For more information or to have us answer any retirement questions you may have, please contact Atlantic Financial,
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U.S. Department of Labor (www.dol.gov)

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