Budgeting and Financial Planning

How ERISA Impacts Your Retirement

Rodney Brooks
July 5, 2022
This federal law determines many of the rules for your 401(k) or pension.

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act is a federal law enacted in 1974 that protects the retirement assets of American workers. The law mandates rules that pensions401(k)s and employee health care plans are required to follow to ensure that plan administrators act in the best interests of plan participants.

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Authored By Rodney A. Brooks

TRAFOTFBThe author tells the history of the Freedman’s Savings Bank, how it grew much too quickly, why it failed and the impact on Black America. The Freedman’s Bank offered a safe depository for formerly enslaved people, expanded quickly and gained millions in deposits – mostly ranging from $5 to $50. But inexperience and corruption doomed it to failure, costing may of the small depositors their savings.

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“Rodney A. Brooks’ ‘Fixing the Racial Wealth Gap’ is one of the best written and most prescriptive books I’ve read on this prickly subject. Using powerful stats, stories and insightful wisdom, it is written from the heart, mind, body and spirit … plus years of research and thought as a mainstream journalist, Fixing the Racial Wealth Gap is revealing, humorous, instructive and sobering.” – Dr. George C. Fraser

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