investments

Is Rising Mortgage Debt Threatening Retirements?

Posted on 05/8/2014 by |Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsOlder Americans are carrying more mortgage debt and have accumulated less home equity than their peers a decade earlier, according to a report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The median mortgage debt for those age 65 and older rose 82 percent to $79,000 from 2001 to 2011, according to the agency. And though delinquencies and foreclosures have decreased since 2012, they had increased fivefold between 2007 and 2011 among older homeowners, the CFPB reports. “A home can be a place of …

High Fees Can Sap Over $100,000 From Your 401(k) Plan

Posted on 04/17/2014 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsSome 52 million Americans rely on their 401(k) savings plans as a key part of their retirement. Now, the Washington-based Center for American Progress says in a new study that high investment fees could cost the typical worker $100,000 or more over the course of a four-decade career. That may force some to stay on the job at least three years longer than they’d planned just to make up for that loss. Given the fact that many older workers are having a difficult …

Should Older Workers Have to Pay More for Their Pensions?

Posted on 04/7/2014 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkYou’ve undoubtedly heard the advice again and again: If you are close to retirement age, you should max out your contributions to employer-sponsored retirement plans. But requiring older employees to contribute more than younger ones to a pension fund is another matter entirely, a federal appeals court in Baltimore held last week. “Certain older Baltimore County employees were forced to pay more for their pensions than younger co-workers,” David Lopez, the general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, said …

Pension Plan Tweak May Elude Most

Posted on 04/2/2014 by |Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsThe federal agency that insures private pensions is proposing a rule change that would add greater protection for workers who roll 401(k) money into a traditional pension. Workers for years have been able to transfer money from their employer’s 401(k) to its traditional pension plan to buy themselves a bigger lifetime benefit — if the employer allowed it. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation says its new proposal will remove fear among these workers that the amount they roll over from …

More Investors Choosing Target-Date Funds for 401(k)s

Posted on 04/1/2014 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsTarget-date funds are growing in popularity among investors in workplace retirement plans because they’re so easy to manage. You pick a retirement date, and the mix of investments automatically adjusts to a more conservative allocation as you move closer to that date. No muss, no fuss. If you’re not investing in a TDF, chances are you will be. A new study says that by 2018, nearly two-thirds of all 401(k) savings contributions will go into these funds. TDFs have become …

Why I Like 529 College Savings Plans

Posted on 03/27/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsIf you want to help pay for higher education for a child or grandchild, consider using a 529 college savings plan. These plans allow you to put money aside for tuition and other college-related expenses, while getting some nice tax advantages as well. Since I have a son who will be college bound in a couple of years, I’ve looked at all sorts of ways to pay for it and can say the 529 plan is by far the best …