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Feeling Better About Retirement? Survey Says Many Do

Posted on 03/18/2014 by | Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsLast year’s rising stocks and recovering real estate market appear to have increased workers’ retirement confidence as well. According to an annual survey of 1,000 workers by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 18 percent say they were very confident they’d be able to retire comfortably. That may not seem like much, but it’s a 5 percentage-point jump from a year earlier. Jack VanDerhei, EBRI’s research director and an author of the study, says the rise in confidence was among those …

Tap These Tools to Figure Your Health Plan Costs

Posted on 10/14/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsLooking to compare health insurance plans and costs? Read on. If you’re buying insurance  from one of the new health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, a calculator created by the nonprofit Kaiser Foundation may help you. It illustrates health insurance premiums and state-based tax credit subsidies that may be available to you if you’re  middle-income, under age 65, and not eligible for coverage through your employer, Medicaid or Medicare. (The calculator doesn’t work for people in New York, Kentucky, …

How Do Your 401(k) Fees Stack Up?

Posted on 10/3/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsNow that the government requires the fees associated with our 401(k) accounts to be disclosed, we all want to know: Are they on the low side, about what they should be, or too darn high? At the moment, it’s pretty hard to tell. Federal regulators are mulling over ways to improve the disclosures so that retirement savers like you and me can more easily answer that question. There’s a lot at stake. More than 50 million workers and retirees hold …

What’s Your BMI? Why Does It Matter?

Posted on 11/9/2011 by | General News | Comments

Personal HealthBelow is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP from Small Act. I was lucky enough to be built like a twig in high school. Mistakenly, I assumed I would always stay that way — eating what I wanted, not exercising, and letting all the calories just melt away naturally. But after a couple of years of living a fairly sedentary lifestyle, cooking all my favorite foods (especially baked goods), and working at a place that offered …

AARP Helping Young Adults With Personal Finances

Posted on 10/27/2009 by | General News | Comments

Money & SavingsWe received a clarion call a few years ago when we discovered that 69% of our members were still providing some level of financial support to their adult children. We realized that we had both an obligation and an opportunity to get more involved and help young adults (aged 18-34 years) understand the role that money plays throughout every stage of their lives. With that said, we have two very important developments on this front: This morning, we issued a …