retirement

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 typical workers $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 time …

Planning for a Strong Financial Future

Posted on 04/15/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsBy Lee Baker, CFP One of my favorite things as a child was reading comic books. To be honest, if I had more free time, I would probably read them now. Like me, most of you probably remember the Charles Atlas ads in comic books and other magazines. You know the story: A bully kicks sand in a skinny kid’s face. Deciding to do something about it, the skinny kid sends for a free book from Charles Atlas that promises …

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 …

Workers Say Employers Getting Stingy on Pay, Benefits

Posted on 03/26/2014 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkIf 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 …