Podcast: Lessons from the GE pension buyout: when employers change the terms of retirement plans

November 1, 2019

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General Electric is offering buyouts to about 100,000 pensioners and freezing the retiree payments for about 20,700 salaried pensioners, as part of the company's effort to shed debt as it faces pressure to improve its performance. In this podcast, Bob Keebler, CPA/PFS interviews Ed Slott to answer the questions:

  • What are the key factors that CPA financial planners should consider for their clients who are impacted by the GE pension buyout?
  • How will the conversation differ for each employee? Which clients should consider taking the lump sum buyout?
  • What are the tax issues to consider?

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