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The PBGC can help you track down a pension from an old employer

A U.S. federal agency can help track down pensions from previous employers. — Photo by Seth Joel Photography/Cultura/Corbis

Q. I think I may be due a pension from a company that went bankrupt years ago. How can I try to find out?

A. Try the "Missing Participants Search" feature at www.pbgc.gov, the website of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. Or call the federal agency at 1-800-400-7242. Bankrupt companies often failed to fully fund their pension plans. In that case, the PBGC might pay the benefits — though perhaps at a reduced level.

Also of interest: When a pension plan goes bust. >>

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