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Stay or Roll: When to Put a 401(k) Into an IRA

Posted on 06/26/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Savings | Your LifeBloomberg News recently wrote about brokers profiting by advising retirees to roll their 401(k) accounts into IRAs. Many of the retirees interviewed said they lost a lot of their savings from investments subsequently recommended to them. But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider transferring your 401(k) money into an individual retirement account (IRA). Here’s how to decide: First, a little background. A 401(k) account is an employer-sponsored plan that allows the employee to save and invest, typically receiving a tax benefit when the contribution is …

‘Older Ladies’: A Viral Video You Don’t Want to Miss

Posted on 06/26/2014 by |Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeDonnalou Stevens can’t believe her good fortune. What started out as a little ditty she wrote and sang with a bunch of girlfriends at a party is gathering steam as a joyful anthem for women who embrace their aging bodies. Her country-themed “Older Ladies” video has gone viral, garnering more than 2 million hits since posted in early June. Shot by film student Christine McHugh and backed up by other mature women, Stevens gleefully strums a guitar and sings lyrics …

50+ Shopping: Do YOU fit the profile?

Posted on 06/25/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Your LifeOur latest Getting to Know the 50+ fact sheet profiles 50+ Americans’ shopping habits in a couple areas. I decided to see how well our average American shopper matched up with my own habits. Car shopping Sixty percent of adults 50+ have two or more cars. This may come as a surprise to some, but not if you are in the car business. The 50+ are this industry’s “bread and butter,” as 63 percent of new cars in 2012 were …

She Might Be (Healthy) Soul Food’s Biggest Champion

Posted on 06/18/2014 by |Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeIf you’re celebrating National Soul Food Month and Juneteenth this month, you’re probably well acquainted with crispy fried chicken, ham hock–laden collard greens, smothered pork chops and gooey macaroni and cheese. But what about wheat sautéed tilapia salad, grilled salmon cake panini, black-eyed pea dip and roasted green beans? In the eyes of restaurateur Vonda McPherson, that’s soul food, too. The chef and owner of Vonda’s Kitchen in Newark, N.J., is on a mission to make fresh and organic a …

Research Exposes Hidden Figure Beneath Picasso Painting

Posted on 06/17/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeArt experts have found a depiction of a man hidden behind the surface of Pablo Picasso’s 1901 masterpiece “The Blue Room,” the Associated Press reports. The five-year study — by scientists and curators from the Phillips Collection, National Gallery of Art, Cornell University and Delaware’s Winterthur Museum — uncovered an expressionless bearded man dressed in a jacket resting his head on his hand. But who is it? And why did Picasso paint over him? No one yet knows. >> Sign up …

President Makes It Easier to Repay Student Loans

Posted on 06/9/2014 by |Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & Savings | Your LifeJust as the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is raising concern about growing student loan debt and defaults, President Barack Obama is moving to expand a repayment program aimed at helping lower-income borrowers. The president today signed an executive order that the administration says will allow nearly 5 million more borrowers to qualify for a program that keeps monthly payments on federal loans to no more than 10 percent of discretionary income. This plan has been available only to more …