Should Older Workers Have to Pay More for Their Pensions?

You’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 …

There is Nothing ‘Fuzzy’ About Social Security Benefits’ Positive Impact on the Economy

The idea that Social Security benefit payments help support local and state economies and the national economy is obvious to all 57 million beneficiaries who spend their dollars at stores and to the merchants who sell them goods and services. But it is not obvious to many in Washington. In a town focused only on what Social Security payments mean for the federal budget, a new report by AARP’s Public Policy Institute highlights, in actual dollars and jobs, what Social …

Retirement Analyses May Send Chills Down Your Back

For those of you who are about to retire, brace yourself.  New research suggests this just may be the worst time in a generation to exit the workforce. Why?  The Employee Benefit Research Institute blames a prolonged period of low-interest rates, plus declining returns on investments, which can be particularly problematic at the start of retirement. So acute is the problem that one in four boomers retiring today – folks who under normal circumstances would have adequate retirement income – now risk running …

New Thinking about Budgeting for Your Second Adulthood

This is a guest post by Bart Astor. For years financial planners have been preaching that in your retirement years you should plan on spending about 70% of your current income. This number was based on a number of factors, including: You don’t need to continue to save for your retirement years You won’t be paying into Federal Insurance Contributions Act Tax (Social Security and Medicare) You won’t have commuting and work expenses Your house will be close to or already …

The #1 Topic to Talk About After 50 (Even If They Say We Shouldn’t!)

Okay, I know that money is one of those topics we’re not supposed to discuss at cocktail parties (along with religion and politics and so on and so forth) … but … we’re not at a cocktail party. We’re in real life. Midlife, in fact. And we need money. If you don’t have a plan… it’s time to think about creating one.  We don’t want to be in our 50s, 60s and beyond without enough money to take care of ourselves. Where to start? First, understand …

AARP’s Life@50+ = Bargain of a Lifetime!

Hands down, the best $25 I’ve ever spent: AARP’s Life@50+ National Event. That’s the price of admission for the entire three day event ($35 for non-members), and you easily get 10 times that amount in return value in the form of world class entertainment, cutting edge information, and schwag … lots and lots of schwag. This past week, Life@50+ 2012 was held in New Orleans, and on Saturday – the last day of the event – I woke up with a …