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AMAC Explains How Social Security Survivor Benefits Work

As an answer to a question posed in a letter to the editor, the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) published an explanation of how survivor benefits work for widows and widowers. Widower Seeking Answers About Social Security by AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor As a widower, you could have started receiving a survivor benefit from your wife ...

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Nearly 7 In 10 Retirees Say They Live As Well Or Better In Retirement Than During Their Working Years

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More than two-thirds of retirees say they live as well or better in retirement as they did when they were working, according to a recent study focused on retirees conducted by T. Rowe Price. Meanwhile, only 39 percent of current workers believe they will live as well or better in retirement. The study, “Retirement Savings and Spending: Behaviors and Attitudes Toward ...

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Watch Live: President Trump Participates in a Signing Event on Strengthening Retirement Security in America

President Donald Trump signs an executive order that strengthens retirement security for Americans on Friday afternoon in Charlotte, North Carolina. The order will “promote programs that enhance retirement security and expand access to workplace retirement savings plans for American workers,” according to an administration spokeswoman. The signing event is scheduled to begin at 2:35 p.m. ET.

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More Than Half Of 401(k) Participants Invest In A Single Target-Date Fund

Vanguard reports that more than half of 401(k) participants are now invested in a single target-date fund (TDF), compared to only 13% just ten years ago. According to How America Saves 2018, Vanguard’s annual defined contribution (DC) benchmarking report, TDFs have continued to reshape the investment patterns of retirement savers, driving increased diversification and deterring trading. Vanguard researchers estimate that 77% ...

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Gig Economy May Replace Retirement for Many

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Today, more than one in three U.S. workers are freelancers — and this figure is expected to grow to 40 percent by 2020. Increasingly, workers are eschewing or supplementing the traditional “nine-to-five” career with independent or temporary work, but these gig workers face daunting challenges preparing for retirement. This shift in the workforce and the implications it has on gig economy ...

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The Stock Market: Three Days Post Election

FRIDAY 10:30 AM. The graph is obvious. Three days after the reelection of Barack Obama the stock market is still reeling. The media is blaming it on European challenges and a built in cushion because so many expected Romney to win the election. Pad it as they may, the stock market is now facing the reality of the ‘fiscal cliff’ ...

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Retirement Planning at 40-Something – Halftime of the Big Game

LUBBOCK, Texas, Sept. 11, 2012  — If you started retirement planning early in your career, it’s good news by the time you hit your 40s. But for those 40-somethings just thinking about retirement – it’s like halftime in a football game. Since football season is upon us, we’ll use the gridiron analogy. Let’s face it; working in your 40s really ...

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Barney Frank Ruins Mayan Expert's Big Break On TV

Barney Frank announced that he wasn’t running for re-election yesterday, and it’s almost like you could see the rays of sunlight beaming down on him while an angel’s chorus sang out, right?  A lot of people were happy that he made his announcement yesterday, but do you know who wasn’t?  This guy: Arthur Demarest got to talk for about 18 ...

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Feds Targeted for $600M in Improper Retirement Payments

“Feds Targeted for $600M in Improper Retirement Payments” An Extremely Deceiving Headline By Dell Hill When Fox News first reported this story, the $600 million dollar figure jumped right off the page and slapped me up-side the head. Six hundred million is a LOT of money. But, as it turns out, that headline is extremely deceiving. The $600 million they ...

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New Mobile Technology Transforms How America’s Workers Save for Retirement

Innovative Financial Advisors pilot cutting-edge process resulting in dramatic improvements in retirement savings SANTA ROSA, Calif., Aug. 31, 2011 — According to The Employee Benefit Research Institute, in their 2011 Retirement Confidence Study, fully 70 percent of American workers say they are not where they need to be with their retirement savings. Less than half of workers (42 percent) report ...

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Tax Expert’s Advice: Don’t Count on Social Security

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., July 1, 2011 — According to a poll taken earlier this year, 77 percent of voters think Social Security is in danger. Fewer Americans, however, approve of increasing the retirement age. Voters were split on permitting people to invest their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts. Tax expert Dr. Friday, aka “The Tax Doctor,” falls into the ...

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Darning The National Fabric

Our country is stumbling blindly down an unsustainable path. While much is being made about the National Debt and how it is damaging our grand children’s futures, there is a much larger problem. Personal debt is destroying our national fabric as we speak. It is easy to understand the dangers of $14 trillion dollars worth of debt—but is it not ...

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The Alliance Interview – In-Depth Look into Conservative Alternative to AARP

On Monday, I had the opportunity to spend a little under an hour with the President of  The Alliance for Retirement Prosperity, Dr. Larry Hunter.  Dr. Hunter is a supply-side economist that has worked in the Reagan White House as well as numerous Conservative initiatives such as Empowering America and the Social Security Institute. On September 15th, Dr. Hunter launched ...

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AARP Alternative, Alliance for Retirement Prosperity, to Launch Wednesday

In a press release Monday, the Alliance for Retirement Prosperity announced that it would be announcing the “Conservative Alternative to AARP” on September 15th. “The Alliance offers seniors and boomers a greater choice of products and services, bigger discounts and lower prices than AARP; plus a conservative political philosophy and agenda that will go head to head with AARP’s liberalism ...

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Are You Running Your 401k? Are You Sure?

The Wall Street Journal published an article by Eleanor Laise that highlights an increasing practice by employers.  Taking more-and-more control of employee’s retirement accounts. “The greater employer control is a philosophical shift in 401(k)s and other defined-contribution plans, which held $3.5 trillion at the end of last year. The new, more-paternalistic approach, with employers making most of the decisions, resembles ...

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