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Making Financial Decisions When You Lose Your Job

By TARA SIEGEL BERNARD — About 1.7 million people lose their jobs every month, creating a hugely stressful situation and requiring potentially life-altering choices. Beyond the emotional toll, many individuals agonize over potentially life-altering financial decisions, including how best to manage any money they may be going out the door with. Source: The New York Times – The […]

<a href=http://www.gallup.com/poll/180212/investor-optimism-remained-positive-november.aspx?utm_source=tagrss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=syndication target=_blank >Gallup - U.S. Investor Optimism Remained Positive in November</a>

Prior to the recent slide in the stock market, American investors’ mood remained fairly upbeat this quarter, with the Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index coming in at +48 in mid-November, similar to the +46 reading in August. While still far from the +178 high point recorded in early 2000, the index is notably […]

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Gallup: Fewer Will Rely On 401(k) in Retirement Than Pre-Recession

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Gallup: Fewer Will Rely On 401(k) in Retirement Than Pre-Recession

Retired Americans rely on Social Security as a major source of income By Rebecca Riffkin, Gallup Prior to the Great Recession, most Americans planned to rely on a 401(k), IRA, Keogh, or other retirement savings account when they retire. Today, 48% of Americans say they would rely on a 401(k) account in retirement — a […]

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<a href=http://www.gallup.com/poll/162605/income-age-key-factors-retirement-funding-expectations.aspx?utm_source=tagrss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=syndication target=_blank >Income, Age Key Factors in Retirement Funding Expectations</a>

By JEFFREY M. JONES, Gallup— Non-retired Americans’ expectations about which sources they will rely on to fund their retirement differ significantly by their annual household income. Upper-income non-retirees are much more likely to say investments, such as a 401(k), IRA and other retirement savings accounts or individual stock investments, and work-sponsored pension plans will be […]

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<a href=http://www.gallup.com/poll/162560/average-retirement-age.aspx?utm_source=tagrss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=syndication target=_blank >Average U.S. Retirement Age Rises To 61</a>

By ALYSSA BROWN, Gallup—  The average age at which U.S. retirees say they actually retired is now at 61, up from 57 in the early 1990s. These results are from Gallup’s annual Economy and Personal Finance survey, conducted April 4-14. The average retirement age has crept up by four years over the past two decades, […]

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Older Workers Delay Retirement, No End In Sight For Many

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Older Workers Delay Retirement, No End In Sight For Many

The Conference Board—Even as stock prices rise, unemployment drops, and overall recovery takes hold, more U.S. workers than ever are delaying retirement, according to a report by The Conference Board, Trapped on the Worker Treadmill? “It’s disconcerting that the two years in which the U.S. economy seemed to finally, if fitfully, turn the corner also left […]

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Recessions Are Killer, Cutting Short Older Workers’ Lives, Study Finds

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Recessions Are Killer, Cutting Short Older Workers’ Lives, Study Finds

Recessions can be fatal for older workers. A new study shows recession’s toll on health and reveals unexpected advantages of Social Security and Medicare for older workers, those in their 50s and 60s. The study conducted by Wellesley College economists found that over time, a recession can have significant, adverse effects on the health of […]

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PBGC Bails Out Hawker Beechcraft Pension Plans

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PBGC Bails Out Hawker Beechcraft Pension Plans

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) will assume benefit payments for more than 9,500 workers and retirees from two of Hawker Beechcraft, Inc.’s pension plans under a bankruptcy court agreement announced Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. The settlement also includes $2.5 million to those salaried retirees whose benefits exceed those paid by PBGC under rules set […]

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A Backyard Pup Tent Retirement Plan For Broke Boomers

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A Backyard Pup Tent Retirement Plan For Broke Boomers

By RICK BELL, workforce.com– Since the financial meltdown hit and my retirement investments largely were blown to bits, I joke with my kids that they’d better buy a house on a big enough plot of land for me to comfortably locate my future digs. Nothing fancy, I tell them; enough room in the backyard for […]

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The Democratization Of The Stock Market That Never Happened

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The Democratization Of The Stock Market That Never Happened

By Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute— Despite minute­-by-­minute dissection of the stock market in the news media, the share of the population of the United States owning stock is surprisingly low. Even when including shares purchased indirectly through retirement accounts, in 2010, less than half (46.9%) of all households had stock holdings. Less than a […]

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