What Happens to Your Pension When the Company Goes Bust?

Studebaker auto workers found out the hard way in 1963. When the Studebaker Corporation shut down its plant in South Bend, Indiana, workers who had been promised pensions saw their hard-earned benefits vanish in an instant. Instead of receiving fixed payments throughout retirement, thousands of employees were forced to take one-time lump sums worth a fraction of what they’d earned. Thousands more received no benefits at all. The Studebaker Corporation had been promising pension benefits to their employees, but in …

Cut Social Security? Say Goodbye to Older Voters

Seventy-nine years after its creation, Social Security remains a vital key to Americans’ retirement security. And with the 2014 elections less than three months away, strengthening the program is a top priority for older voters, according to a new AARP survey of voters 50 and older. The message to candidates is clear: Stop treating Social Security like a line item in a budget. Older voters have earned their benefits through a lifetime of hard work and paying into the system. …

Good News: You Can Still Get Your Benefits Verified at Your Social Security Office

Need to get your Social Security benefits verified? There’s good news: You can still get it done at your Social Security office. Why is that news? Because late last year, the Social Security Administration announced that its field offices would no longer assist people in obtaining verification letters. Instead, it planned to direct anyone requesting a letter to either call an 800 number or go online to find and print the document. AARP, along with other advocacy groups and members …

4 Simple Tips That Can Save You Money

Saving for your future doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are four simple tips that can save you big money. Watch the video, and see below for even more resources.   1. Know where your money goes    It doesn’t matter whether you do it on your computer, on your phone or with good old-fashioned pen and paper – just be sure to track your spending! For your computer, many banks and credit unions provide spending analysis tools free as …

Workers Say Employers Getting Stingy on Pay, Benefits

If the economy’s improving, why do workers say that their employers are getting stingier with pay or benefits, possibly compromising their financial security now and in retirement? In a survey of 5,070 U.S. workers, 76 percent said their company made one change or another in the last two years that weakened their retirement benefits, reduced pay raises, increased out-of-pocket health care costs or premiums, cut back on hours, laid off workers or involved a major restructuring. The survey, conducted by …

Risky 401(k) Investments: The Supreme Court Steps In

Do you know just how much you’re saving for your retirement? If so, you’re not alone. AARP studies show that most Americans 50 and older are thinking about and planning for their future financial security. So imagine, for a moment, that your company has a pretty generous 401(k) plan. That’s great, right? Well, in a case that the Supreme Court recently agreed to hear, the plaintiff employees say, “Not so much.” Here’s what happened to them. Fifth Third Bank, a …