pensions

The Takeaway: Retirement Ages Must Rise Worldwide

Posted on 06/12/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayRetirement ages must rise globally if everyone’s gonna keep living longer and we don’t want to bankrupt national pension systems, says a new international report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, an international organization with 34 member countries. Already, 67 is becoming the new 65, it says.

The Takeaway: Older Americans Feel Better About Their Money

Posted on 05/22/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodaySo much of the financial news about older Americans is downbeat. More of them are falling into poverty.  A disproportionate number of older workers lost jobs in April. Will they get new ones? Don’t hold your breath. At last, welcome news: a Gallup survey finds that Americans ages 75 and older are the most likely (72 percent) of all age groups to say they feel good about the amount of money they have. Not only that, they’re the most likely …

The Takeaway: Future 401(k)s Will Look More Like Old-School Pensions

Posted on 05/16/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayMore 401(k) plan sponsors are offering to pay benefits in a form that guarantees a set level of monthly income, regardless of how long you live. And more employers are beginning to offer these plans, Time’s Dan Kadlec reports. “Before long your 401(k) may look a lot more like your dad’s pension,” writes Kadlec. That’s a good thing. Traditional pensions that pay a set monthly income to retirees, based on their wages and length of service, were once the foundation of retirement. Along with …

The Takeaway: Despite Advice, Older Adults Get Cancer Screenings; Jazz Musicians Campaign for Pensions

Posted on 12/13/2011 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayAmbiguity regarding older adults and cancer screenings abounds—but many adults 75 and older are still getting tested, a new study finds. And jazz musicians in New York City are pushing for pension benefits from union nightclubs.

The Takeaway: Public Employees Retiring Too Early?; Health Care’s Mixed-Up Future

Posted on 12/12/2011 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayRetirement age for public sector workers—government employees, teachers, firefighters, trash collectors—is becoming a topic of fierce friction nationwide. And the lines between hospitals, insurance companies and doctors are blurring, as the health care law awaits Supreme Court consideration and the 2014 start date of the individual insurance mandate.

The Takeaway: Obama’s Debt Plan, Anti-Customer Bank Plans and Employers Raiding Retirement Plans

Posted on 09/19/2011 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayObama is proposing tax increases, war spending decreases, and cuts to programs such as Social Security and Medicare in his deficit reduction plan … Banks are slashing interest rates and imposing more fees on checking accounts to dissuade customers … And investigative reporter Ellen E. Schultz suggests that it was greed, not the economy, that led companies to slash employee benefits and raid workers’ retirement funds.