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The recent government shutdown served as a very public reminder of a widespread reality in urgent need of solutions: far too many American families are a paycheck away from financial distress
More working New Yorkers will have an easy and effective way to save for their future thanks to the state’s newly-enacted Secure Choice Savings Plan.
My Pop was fond of sharing this Irish Blessing with us – May there always be work for your hands to do. May your purse always hold a coin or two. We’re all searching for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Most of the time, though, we aren’t lucky enough to just find it; we have to put our time, energy, and determination into earning it. Unfortunately, many Americans who work tirelessly throughout their lives have no way to save for retirement at work.How many? 55 million. These employees often work for small businesses that don’t offer traditional retirement plans, citing high costs and administrative burdens. Yet, national research shows that people are 15 times more likely to save for retirement if they can do so at work.That’s why AARP is pushing for Work and Save; state-sponsored retirement programs that make it easier for businesses to offer retirement options for employees – and for employees to take charge of their financial futures. As we’re starting to see in states across the country, Work and Save is a win-win for employers and employees.State Work and Save ProgramsIn 2017, Oregon was the first-in-the-nation to launch this innovative solution that lets employees save for retirement through payroll deductions, without any ongoing fees or risks for the employer. Since the launch of OregonSaves, about 4,500 Oregonians have already put away a total of nearly $1 million. See more here.Other states are following suit – eight other states have already passed various Work and Save legislation including: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont, and Washington.A Glimpse Across the StatesHawaiiThe Senate Ways and Means Committee recently advanced a bill that takes the first step to create a Work and Save option for employers.
Many households are considering their financial future this time of year and making planning decisions that will ultimately impact retirement. Follow recent coverage on important resources and mistakes to avoid when planning for retirement.
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One of the most popular ways to save for higher education is through a savings or prepaid tuition plan known as a Section 529 qualified tuition program, or 529 plan. Currently 49 states and the District of Columbia offer 529 plans. Thirty-three states give a state tax break to parents, grandparents or friends who contribute to a 529 account.
Individuals need better information to know how much to save for retirement. A good place to start is to provide them with a projection of their total retirement income that includes the monthly income they can reasonably expect from their retirement savings and their Social Security benefits. This combined estimate needs to be on one statement.
En español | What do boomers and millennials have in common? As it turns out, much more than you’d think. Last week, millennials from coast to coast were discussing state options to give 55 million workers a simple way to save. Our AARP California office hosted a “Work and Save” Summit at East L.A. College, in partnership with the   Young Invincibles, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that advocates on behalf of 18-34-year-olds. In New York City, AARP teamed up for a shared discussion on financial security and workplace savings.
Celebrating Black History Month is a tremendous opportunity to acknowledge our past achievements, address present challenges and dream about future possibilities. The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspires us to dream about a future that affords us to live in comfort and prosperity. He encourages us to build a legacy of hope and freedom that can be realized in every aspect of our lives. It is in that spirit that we encourage you to evaluate your dream of financial security.
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Small businesses would be able to band together to create a joint 401(k) retirement plan, and some part-time workers could participate in their employer’s plan, under proposals to be included in President Obama’s final budget to Congress.
The U.S. Department of Labor is paving the way for states to sponsor retirement plans for millions of private-sector workers who don’t have such programs on the job.
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