DEFINED CONTRIBUTION Definition

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DEFINED CONTRIBUTION is a pension design that defines the amount of contributions, usually a percentage of salary. The benefits payable at retirement depend on factors such as future investment return and annuity rate at retirement. If a plan is registered for tax purposes, the maximum contribution amount (usually a percentage of earnings or income up to a dollar limit) is defined by tax regulations.

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UNAPPLIED FUNDS is available money credited to a temporary holding (suspense) account, pending determination or instruction on the breakdown of how the money is to be allocated.

THREE PERCENT (3%) RULE is a rule used in vesting pension plan benefits. The participants accrued benefit must be at least equal to 3% of the participants normal projected retirement benefit for each year of participation, with a maximum of 100% after 33 1/3 years of participation.

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