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Income, Age Key Factors in Retirement Funding Expectations

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Nonretired Americans' expectations about which sources they will rely on to fund their retirement differ significantly by their annual household income.

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Another look at living independently in retirement

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Living independently is a goal for many who are approaching or thinking about retirement. While most people don't expect to move to a gated retirement community with a golf-course, they do hope to have adequate financial resources to live modestly and with dignity. How much will they need?

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America’s Looming Pension Shock

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At a recent Governing Leadership Forum in Lansing, Michigan Budget Director John Nixon told a packed room about Gov. Rick Snyder's plans to overhaul his state's public-pension system. Michigan's governor is, of course, far from alone in trying to deal with the public sector's pension crisis.

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Can we call it a comeback...for DB plans?

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I hope so. According to a newly-released Towers Watson survey, it looks like defined benefit pension plans are making a comeback – especially among younger workers. 

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Don't ignore retirement insecurity

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When American Airlines went into bankruptcy in November, our phones started ringing. I'm with the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. We insure private pensions, and American told its 130,000 employees that they would lose theirs. They called us to ask what would happen: What would they get when they retire?

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After the Storm, the Little Nest Eggs That Couldn’t

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In many ways, things are looking up for America’s economy. After several years of roller-coaster-ish volatility, the Dow Jones industrial average has climbed to its highest level since the 2008 financial crisis. Economic growth, though not robust, has been gathering steam, and the unemployment rate has been inching downward, although fitfully.

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Have seniors gotten rich at the expense of young adults?

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You might think so if you read some recent stories in the news about wealth differences among generations. But you may want to think again.

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U.S. Ranks Poorly in Global Pension Study

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A report released earlier this month that rates and compares the world’s most prominent pension systems offers a grim overall conclusion: most pension systems are facing unprecedented challenges as government debts balloon and populations grow disproportionately older, with some of the most advanced retirement systems showing the worst signs of strain.

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Latinos Lagging On Retirement Savings, Says Pew

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Latinos are among the fastest growing demographic groups in the U.S., but the Pew Hispanic Center reports that they're among the least likely to invest in or keep money in retirement savings. Michel Martin explores why with Jaime Levy Pessin, a freelance journalist who reported this for The Wall Street Journal, and financial expert Louis Barajas.

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Retirement on the Edge: Women,Men, and Economic Insecurity After the Great Recession

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Retirement on the Edge shows Americans are under enormous financial stress and are worried about their retirement years. The survey findings also show resounding support for Social Security and Medicare across lines of gender, age, race/ethnicity, and party affiliation.

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