News RoundupsGrappling with deficits and debt, 14 countries — including Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece and Ireland — are planning to increase their retirement ages to between 67 and 69 by 2050, according to the Washington Post. In the majority of euro zone countries, the full retirement age is currently 65.
News RoundupsA new survey conducted by Dutch insurance company AEGON shows retirement pessimism extends far beyond American borders. Participants from eight European countries and the United States showed similarly dismal views on their ability to save and plan for retirement securely. Only 15 percent of workers said they are confident they’re on the right track with retirement savings; 71 percent believe future generations will be worse-off in retirement than current retirees.
News RoundupsA surprising 62 percent of married couples disagree on the timing of their respective retirements.
News RoundupsRetirement 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.