retirement security

Survey Finds Employers Worried About Workers’ Retirement Savings

Posted on 10/9/2012 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsWhen we think about retiring in the not-too-distant future, many of us get nervous, wondering whether we’ll have enough saved to maintain our lifestyle throughout the years. It turns out that our employers are worried about us, too. A new survey by consulting firm Towers Watson finds that most employers don’t believe  their workers make informed decisions about their retirement savings. They say their 401(k) plans are ‘”misunderstood and underutilized” by employees. Employees are not awash in confidence, either. In a 2011 …

Obama, Ryan Talk About Medicare, Social Security, Political Gridlock at AARP Life@50+

Posted on 09/21/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPresident Obama and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan went before 5,000 AARP members in New Orleans on Friday to make their respective cases and take questions, with each promising to do a better job of protecting Medicare, Social Security and other programs for older Americans. See also: Obama, Ryan videos and transcripts In the most direct faceoff the two campaigns have had this season on retirement-related issues, both Obama (appearing by satellite) and Ryan (who joined the AARP Life@50+ event …

In Key Debates, Senate Candidates Make No Mention of Medicare, Social Security

Posted on 09/20/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMedicare and retirement security have been hot issues in this year’s congressional campaigns, made even more critical with control of the Senate up for grabs. But you wouldn’t know it from watching some of the debates in key battleground states. See also: AARP calls for presidential debates to address Social Security, Medicare Debate season kicked off this week with nary a reference to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and retirement issues – even as candidates in both parties hammered each other …

The Democratic Platform: A Guide-at-a-Glance for 50+ Voters

Posted on 09/4/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsDelegates at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., went on record today as committed to keeping the “promise’’ of Social Security and Medicare for older Americans. But their 2012 platform is short on details of their own plans to maintain the financial strength of both programs. The Democratic Party’s 40-page platform, released last night, touches on the major issues of importance to older Americans. Here are highlights (also read the Election 2012 guide to the GOP platform): Medicare …

The GOP Platform: A Guide-at-a-Glance for 50+ Voters

Posted on 08/29/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe voice vote is in, and Republicans have an official party message: overhaul Medicare and Social Security and make some tough-love changes in both public pensions and private pensions, which are backed by the U.S. government. The politically loaded word “privatize” appears nowhere. Some of the calls for action in the GOP’s 62-page party platform, approved today, have broad implications for older Americans. Here are highlights (also read the Election 2012 guide to the Democratic platform): Medicare Move to a …

Income For Near Retirees Fell More Than Any Other Group

Posted on 08/24/2012 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsMany of us edging closer to retirement have taken yet another hit to our retirement security. A new report says boomer households (ages 55 to 64) are earning nearly 10 percent less than they did three years ago, when the economic recovery officially began. What’s more, no other age group has suffered financially as much as this one. Just when we most need our salaries to remain strong, at the end of our work lives, the report shows that median …