IBM has one of the largest cash balance plans in the nation. Photo: AP

Cash balance plans, while still a smaller part of the retirement world, are growing faster than all other account types, including 401(k)s.

There were 9,648 cash balance plans active in 2012 (the most recent year for which complete IRS data is available), up from 7,926 in 2011. This 22 percent increase was significantly higher than the 1 percent growth seen in 401(k)s in the same period.

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