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GM slashing 14,700 jobs in North America; may close 5 factories

December 5th, 2018 | Leave a comment.

General Motors will lay off 14,700 factory and white-collar workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.

The reduction includes 8,100 white-collar workers, some of whom will take buyouts and others who will be laid off. Most of the affected factories build cars that won’t be sold in the U.S. after next year. They could close or they could get different vehicles to build. They will be part of contract talks with the United Auto Workers union next year.

GM has offered buyouts to 18,000 retirement-eligible workers with a dozen or more years of service. It would not say how many have accepted the buyouts, but it was short of the company’s target because GM said there will be white-collar layoffs.

Source – WBAL TV


What you need to know!

General Motors Retirement Savings Plan for Salaried Employees in the United States is a defined contribution plan with a 401k feature. This plan has a BrightScope Rating of 87.  For the average 401k participant, the 3 point difference between this plan’s BrightScope Rating (87) and the top rated plan (90) could equate to 2 years of additional work and/or $58,631 in lost savings.

The plans administrator is Kevin Cobb and is handled in Detroit, Michigan.

One of the key concerns is that the plan only has 33 investment options to choose from which is common for most 401k type plans.

Most 401k, Profit Sharing or ESOP plans do not have active management so there really is no one guiding the plan investments. What this means is that like most traditional investment companies, in the event of an economic downturn there is no method for automatically moving your portfolio to a lower risk profile.

With the WealthSentry system we participate in, accounts are automatically re-balanced to lower risk portfolios in the event of a severe economic downturn. Learn more in our guide, 6 Critical Steps You Must Take Now.

For an in-depth analysis of your options feel free to make an appointment, read one of our guides or participate in one of our workshops.

Wishing you the best.

Doug Reed, CRPC, AAMS

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