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Timing of Fiduciary Rule for Retirement Plans Questioned

Posted on 01/15/2014 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkIf you have a 401(k) or other retirement plan, you may be waiting even longer before new government standards are imposed that require your financial adviser to act in your best interest. The U.S. Department of Labor was in the final stages of preparing a proposal that would establish a so-called fiduciary standard for retirement plan advisers, which means they’d be required to put their clients’ financial interests ahead of their own when offering investment advice. A number of consumer groups …

Older Unemployed Face a Tough Road

Posted on 01/2/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkWhat’s the prognosis for the older long-term unemployed? Grim. That’s the takeaway from “Set for Life,” a new American Public Television documentary underwritten by the AARP Foundation. The hour-long program tracks several primary breadwinners who have lost their jobs, the effect that has on their families and their efforts to land a new one. The program catalogs the dismantling of the American Dream – an informal compact that assured workers of relative job stability, health care, and the opportunity to …

Jobs Poll: Things Are Better … but Not Good

Posted on 12/4/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkOnly 15 percent of Americans age 45 or older looked for a job in the past year because of employment uncertainty, according to our AARP Bulletin poll published in September. It has been six years since the start of the Great Recession, but people are still uneasy about their current jobs. Confidence about job stability has improved since 2009, but fewer than half of those polled feel that their jobs are stable (49 percent now versus 39 percent in 2009). …

Free Advice for Job Seekers

Posted on 11/26/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkA big job placement firm is offering job seekers, and workers who want to transition into another position, free call-in advice in December. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter John Challenger, CEO at Challenger, Gray & Christmas, says job counselors will offer strategies to help people become more effective in their search. It’s happening on Dec. 26 and 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time (phone number 312-422-5010). More information about the annual call-in is available at …

Is Marriage More Loving, or Boring, in Retirement?

Posted on 11/20/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkIs marriage more boring or more fulfilling in retirement? (Hint: It’s better than you think.) Do spouses in blended families have different financial priorities for their own children than for their stepchildren? These were some of the questions that 5,415 people were asked in a study called “Family & Retirement: The Elephant in the Room.” Folks weighed in about their hopes and fears when they retire, whether they’d sacrifice their own financial security to help their adult children now, and …

Best-Kept Secret: Waiting To Collect Social Security

Posted on 10/24/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkFor those of us who thought that if we just held out until age 66 or 67, we could collect our full Social Security benefit– well, we were wrong. Apparently, Social Security’s “true” retirement age is 70 — and it’s the best-kept secret in town. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter That’s what Alicia Munnell, director at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, wrote in an issue brief this month. Here’s how she explains it: Monthly …