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Facebook, Others Scale Back 401(k)s

Posted on 02/14/2014 by |Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Money & SavingsIt’s bad enough that employers are doing away with traditional pensions and adopting 401(k)s that foist all the investing decisions onto workers, leaving them vulnerable to the vagaries of the market. Now, according to an analysis by Bloomberg, it appears that many big companies have gotten stingier with their 401(k) matching contributions and vesting schedules. These include IBM, Hewlett-Packard Co., Oracle Corp., Caesars Entertainment Corp., JP Morgan Chase & Co., Whole Foods Market Inc.  and Facebook. (Facebook, Bloomberg reports, gave …

AOL Reverses 401(k) Policy After Blowback

Posted on 02/10/2014 by |Money and Work | Comments

Money & SavingsLike boomers (and all workers, for that matter) don’t have enough to worry about when it comes to saving enough for retirement. Now actions by AOL’s Tim Armstrong may be setting a dangerous example for other companies to follow. First, the chief executive of AOL told employees Thursday he was changing the company’s 401(k) match to a year-end lump sum contribution rather than contributions throughout the year. Leave before Dec. 31, 2014 (voluntarily or involuntarily), and you lose out on …

More New Retirement Account Proposals

Posted on 02/5/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAmericans are way short in their retirement savings, and President Obama’s MyRA plan, which he unveiled last week, isn’t the only new proposal that aims to help with that problem. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., also offered a savings plan. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, has one of his own, which follows a report he released last summer. Of these three proposals, Harkin’s is the most ambitious. His Universal, Secure and Adaptable (USA) Retirement Funds would create a …

MyRA — Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Posted on 01/30/2014 by |Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsA day after President Barack Obama gave the go-ahead for the Treasury Department to create a “starter” savings account, experts are weighing whether it will be worthwhile or just another ignored investment tool. Critics note, for instance, that the so-called myRA will do little to overcome the huge shortfall in retirement savings among so many workers. The conservatively invested accounts, though they won’t lose money, won’t make much of a return, either. And the myRA is voluntary, so it’s unclear …

Obama’s MyRA Gets Early Go Ahead

Posted on 01/29/2014 by |Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsPresident Barack Obama is moving quickly to make good on his pledge to create a new “starter” savings program for workers without a retirement plan on the job. He announced in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night that he would use his executive authority to establish a so-called myRA (my retirement account) that would allow workers to direct a portion of their pay into an account that invests in government securities. On Wednesday afternoon, he signed a presidential memorandum to …

401(k) Limits Remain the Same for 2014

Posted on 11/1/2013 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsIf you’ve been putting the maximum amount of money into a tax-deferred retirement plan and were hoping to set aside even more next year, you’ll be disappointed by the IRS’s decision not to increase the limits. The maximum contribution to 401(k) plans in 2014 will stay at $23,000 — $17,500 plus $5,500 in catch-up contributions for people 50 and older. The contribution limit for Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) will also stay the same for people 50 and older — $6,500 per year, …