Who’s Feeling Better About Retirement?

Last 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 …

Are You a Social Security Double-Dipper? Perhaps Not Much Longer

When and how you claim Social Security benefits has a huge financial impact on your retirement, although many older Americans aren’t aware of all their options and lose out on some serious money, according to a survey released today by Financial Engines. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company found that single retirees potentially miss out on $100,000 or more over the course of their retirement, while for married couples the amount is $250,000 or higher. Financial Engines’ findings come from a recent …

There’s a New ID Theft Victim Every 2 Seconds

About the time it takes to read this sentence, another three people have become victims of identity theft. A victim is created every two seconds, according to a new survey by Javelin Strategy & Research Study. The California-based research group reported some troublesome statistics: The number of ID theft victims last year reached 13.1 million, up by more than 500,000 from the previous year. And more than one of four cases involved “account takeover fraud.” >> Sign up for the AARP …

What’s the Nation’s No. 1 Problem?

It’s the government, stupid. Bill Clinton won a presidential campaign with the motto, “It’s the economy, stupid.” But these days the top issue to most Americans is the government, according to a new Gallup poll.   Some 21 percent of Americans polled in the Jan. 5-8 survey said that the most important problem facing the country today is the government itself - including poor leadership, corruption, abuse of power and general dissatisfaction with Congress and politicians in general. The second most important …

Density: The Scary Word

Americans love traveling to cities where there’s excitement on the streets and people-watching is rewarding and fun; places where it’s easy to take care of the needs of daily life, yet these same routines often bring pleasant surprises. We take photos and put them on the mantelpiece to preserve fond memories. These cities – as small as Winter Park, Fla.; Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.; Princeton, N.J.; Burlington, Vt.; Sitka, Alaska; and Charleston, S.C. – have much in common, but the glue that …

When It Comes to News, There Are Gazers and Grazers

If you’ve turned the pages of a newspaper in public to find out what’s going in the world, you may have felt just a bit out of place among all the twenty-somethings using tablets and smartphones for the same purpose. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, what you noticed is a profound generational difference in how Americans get their news. Those of us who are 50 and older, …