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"Companies should get more incentives to offer them."

Sadly we are in an age of disincentives. Once they were inexpensive benefits, but regulatory efforts to make them a solid asset (and guarantee them) make them more costly to companies. Fluctuations in market values make them under funded liabilities at times and sources of surplus cash at other times.

Shareholders reward management that provides smoothe even, predictable earnings growth. The surprises from pension make them unattractive.

So defined contribution plans are in style. Their costs are predictable long in advance and easily adjusted in hard times.
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