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Happy 40th, ERISA!

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Forty years ago this week, bell-bottom jeans were still in style, the Vietnam War was coming to a close, and Watergate was still riveting the nation.  

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May is Older Americans Month

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May is Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate the contributions older Americans have made to society – and to focus attention on the many services available to older Americans as a part of the Older Americans Act.

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Happy Older Americans Month!

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The start of May marks the beginning of Older Americans Month, a celebration of the contributions older Americans make to society. Sponsored by the U.S.

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Chilean miners get lifetime pensions, but …

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A smile came to my face when I first saw the headline, Lifetime pensions awarded to 14 of the trapped Chilean miners. Of course the miners deserve pensions.

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A sobering thought on International Day of Older Persons

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October 1 is International Day of Older Persons, a day to raise awareness about issues affecting older people and to appreciate the contributions they make to society.

So it is fitting that today we look at how older Americans are faring in retirement. One way to measure the wellbeing of the elderly is to measure the degree to which they live in poverty. By measuring poverty, we are able to learn the extent to which a nation's retirement system provides adequate income. More...

Happy 75th, Social Security!

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Our birthday present to you is that we are going to stop policymakers from chopping you to pieces.

Social Security, you've been providing an economic lifeline that millions of Americans rely on. It's too bad that on your 75th birthday, you're under siege like never before.

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On this day in 1981, the final regulations for 401(k) plans were issued. What better day than today to look back at what we've written on 401(k) plans? Here's our top 10 list: More...

Happy International Day of Older Persons!

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Did you know today is the International Day of Older Persons?  We don't want today to go by without pointing out two shocking facts that were highlighted recently by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in Pensions at a Glance 2009: Retirement-Income Systems in OECD Countries.  More...

As ERISA celebrates its 35th anniversary it is clear that there is still more to do

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Labor Day marks the 35th anniversary of a law hailed by its principal sponsor Senator Jacob Javits as "the greatest development in the life of the American worker since Social Security." Thanks to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, millions of retirees are receiving the secure lifetime pensions that are making it possible for them to live comfortably in retirement. More...

Older Americans Month

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Today, May 1, marks the start of Older Americans Month. What better a day to discuss the retirement security of older Americans? Not so long ago retirement security was thought of as a three-legged stool, consisting of employer-sponsored pensions, personal savings and Social Security.   More...

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