401(k) Documents: We Want Paper

As long as our retirement plan balances head north, does it matter whether we review our statements on paper or electronically? Apparently, it does. A new AARP survey finds that most adults prefer to read their 401(k)-type retirement documents on paper delivered by the U.S. mail rather than electronically via the Internet. Of 1,028 adults age 25 and older polled, a whopping 75 percent prefer the paper method. Likewise, three in four also say they’d be more likely to save the …

Congress – The Branch of Government Everyone Loves to Hate

Everybody hates Congress. Not exactly a news flash, is it? These days the frustration with – and outright dislike of – Congress is accepted background not only for the voting public, but also for lots of congressional candidates, who routinely disparage the performance of the government they hope to join. But there’s also evidence that voters 50 and older, in particular, are just plain fed up with government. And that dynamic could have an impact on close races this fall. …

As Social Security Turns 77, What Do You Have to Say About It?

“With fewer jobs offering pensions and people struggling to save for retirement, Social Security will be even more important for younger generations,” said AARP President Rob Romasco, noting that more than one in three working households age 21 to 64 has no individual savings set aside for retirement. This week marks the 77th anniversary of Social Security, and AARP is using the opportunity to encourage discussion about the program’s future. Romasco will host a live web chat at 12:30 p.m. today to answer questions about Social Security and various proposals to preserve it.

Fighting Age Discrimination Draws Bipartisan Support – And You Can Help

In a contentious election year it’s encouraging to learn that Americans from both parties, and some politicians, have found common ground on at least one issue. A new AARP survey shows that older Americans overwhelmingly support legislation to combat age discrimination in the workplace. The May 2012 poll of registered voters 50 and older found that 78 percent favor passage of the bipartisan “Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act” (POWADA), introduced in March by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Sen. Chuck …