First Union Corp.'s benefit services group is working with a Boston retirement services company to offer a defined benefit retirement product that is designed to feel more like an a la carte 401(k) package than a pension plan.

The product, Comprehensive Pension Resources, is to be offered by First Union's benefit services group and MassMutual Retirement Services, a unit of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. It is to feature online information access and education that will let companies design and customize a pension plan to fit their needs.

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