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Who Is Taking Early Social Security Benefits?

Posted on 05/28/2014 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsFinancial planners have been advising us to wait as long as possible to collect Social Security to maximize the benefit. A new study finds that many middle-income workers haven’t heeded that call. They were more likely than higher earners to claim their benefit early and live on a permanently reduced payout for the rest of their lives. According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, workers took their benefit early for a variety of reasons: They didn’t expect to live …

At Last, Age Bias Case From 2001 Moves Forward

Posted on 04/30/2014 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodaySuppose you believe that your employer has discriminated against you because of your age. After thinking it over, perhaps you decide to sue. You file your claim. And then you wait. And wait. And wait. People who seek redress through the justice system in this country often come up against a difficult reality: The courts are overloaded. Claims move slowly. Cases drag on for years. Such is the case for a lawsuit brought by AARP Foundation Litigation against Allstate Insurance …

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 the typical worker $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 …

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 …

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 …

Lucky Workers Snare More Company Cash for Their 401(k)s

Posted on 03/24/2014 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkRemember when AOL announced recently that it would pay its 401(k) matching contributions to employees in a lump sum at the end of the year, rather than during each pay period, potentially costing employees’ retirement nest eggs thousands of dollars? If workers left in November, they’d lose out on nearly a year’s worth of company contributions. Those who stayed forfeited any gains made throughout the year. The tech company was forced to reverse its policy after an outcry by employees. (Criticism …