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Feeling Better About Retirement? Survey Says Many Do

Posted on 03/18/2014 by | Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsLast year’s rising stocks and recovering real estate market appear to have increased workers’ retirement confidence as well. According to an annual survey of 1,000 workers by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 18 percent say they were very confident they’d be able to retire comfortably. That may not seem like much, but it’s a 5 percentage-point jump from a year earlier. Jack VanDerhei, EBRI’s research director and an author of the study, says the rise in confidence was among those …

Medicare Spam Increases 10-Fold

Posted on 11/6/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsDuring Medicare Open Enrollment,  which started Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7, there’s usually an uptick in online spam pitching supplemental plans. But this year, it’s gone epidemic — with a 10-fold increase compared to recent months in these always annoying and sometimes risky offers, reports messaging security firm Cloudmark. >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter The reason may go beyond just the calendar: It looks like spammers are exploiting confusion over the Affordable Care Act – and how it …

Headed to the Airport? The TSA May Have a Gift for You

Posted on 10/22/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Travel“You’ve won the lottery today!” a TSA staffer exclaimed to a couple about to board their plane in Portland, Ore., last weekend, as he ushered them to a special, less-invasive screening line. For those who dread fumbling with their jackets, belts and shoes or can’t seem to remember where, exactly, that bag with the 3 oz. liquids is packed, any sensible relaxation of security procedures is certainly an early gift. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Elsewhere, the chance …

Retirement Savings: It’s Worse Today Than a Year Ago

Posted on 08/19/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Money & SavingsMaybe it’s because we’re footing the bill for our kids’ college tuition, supporting our adult children living at home or helping our elderly parents. Whatever the reason, this much is clear: Too many of us are saving less for our retirement today than we were a year ago. As many as one in five employees ages 50 to 64 contributed less to their retirement savings this year, a new Bankrate.com report finds. Although one-half managed to squirrel away the same …