Is Your 401(k) a Winner? Check This Ranking

ConocoPhillips Co. has the best 401(k) plan for workers, while Facebook Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Whole Foods Market Inc. offer some of the worst, according to a Bloomberg News survey of the 250 largest public companies in the country. In fact, ConocoPhillips’ plan is so generous – contributing 9 percent of workers’ pay if workers kick in 1 percent – that after 35 years an employee can end up a multimillionaire, Bloomberg said. According to the Houston-based oil and gas producer’s own …

Silence Could Be Costly in Family Financial Planning

Parents and their adult children say they want to have honest conversations about finances and retirement issues, but they just don’t agree on when to talk, according to a survey released today by Fidelity Investments. And when these discussions do eventually occur, they often don’t get down to the details needed for proper financial planning, the Boston-based investment firm found. Lauren Brouhard, senior vice president of retirement at Fidelity, urges families to bite the bullet and talk – before parents retire …

ESOP Administrators Have Duty to Employees, Supreme Court Says

The Supreme Court is looking out for Americans with employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), a form of retirement plan. That’s what the justices essentially said in their unanimous June 25 decision in Fifth Third v. Dudenhoeffer, in which employees sued because their ESOP administrators invested in a way that caused them to lose money. In this case, the administrators, or “fiduciaries,” had invested the employees’ money in the employer’s own stock even though they knew (according to the plaintiffs) that …

Greater Saving Can Increase Retirement Security and Economic Growth

  Increased saving can be an important driver of future economic growth and rising living standards. That is the conclusion of a new report by Oxford Economics – Another Penny Saved: The Economic Benefits of Higher US Household Saving – sponsored by AARP and 10 other organizations. The U.S. personal saving rate has been declining for more than 30 years. And the report’s authors project the rate will drop further – from around 4 percent today to about 3 percent …

Obama to Nominate Colvin as Commissioner of Social Security Administration

President Barack Obama will nominate Carolyn Watts Colvin as commissioner of the Social Security Administration, the White House announced June 20. Colvin has experience within the retirement and disability benefit program, as acting commissioner since Michael Astrue, who was nominated by President George W. Bush, left the post in February 2013 and before that as deputy commissioner beginning in January 2011. Joyce Rogers, AARP senior vice president of government affairs, says Colvin would have an opportunity “to add an important …

Most Medicare Recipients Have Modest Incomes, Kaiser Reports

If you’ve ever wondered about the finances of people receiving federally funded Medicare benefits - are they wealthy, poor or somewhere in between? - a new chart provides some clues. This interactive infographic, released by the Kaiser Family Foundation, takes into account assets, income, age and more as it delivers a financial picture of the estimated 52.4 million people on Medicare. The graphic also includes projected data for 2030, so you can see how current recipients measure up against future beneficiaries. >> Sign up for the AARP Money …