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The Tightwire Act of Living Only on Social Security

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Living on an inflexible budget, one that teeters on the brink of poverty, is not what most people equate with retirement. But that is pretty much what anyone who lives solely on Social Security can expect.

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Social Security Advice That Harms Wives

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Most financial advisers give troubling advice to married couples about when to claim their Social Security benefits, advice that can substantially reduce their wife’s income during retirement.

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Sen. Harkin proposes retirement plan revamp, Social Security fix

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Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, on Friday proposed a way to bolster retirement savings at work, plus a series of improvements to Social Security.

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Women Seen Living Retirement in Poverty at Higher Rates Than Men

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Women age 65 and older live in poverty at higher rates than men even as more of them participate in employer-sponsored retirement plans, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office study.

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Our Ridiculous Approach to Retirement

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I work on retirement policy, so friends often want to talk about their own retirement plans and prospects. While I am happy to have these conversations, my friends usually walk away feeling worse — for good reason.

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GM Retirees Must Decide Today On Lump Sum Payout

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After presumably agonizing for weeks over whether to keep their lifetime pension benefit or take a one-time lump-sum payment, some 42,000 General Motors retirees are faced with making that critical decision today.

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Why GM retirees should say 'no' to lump-sum payoff option

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Today's Detroit Free Press includes an op-ed from the Pension Rights Center about GM's lump-sum offer to salaried retirees.

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Retirees Wrestle With Pension Buyout From General Motors

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For weeks, John and Kathy Matthews have agonized over the choice: accept $818,000 in a lump sum from General Motors to buy out Mr. Matthews’s pension or keep collecting a check of $4,854 a month.

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Pension or buyout? GM retirees make the tough call

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Is it better for existing retirees to convert their pension to an annuity or to take a lump sum payout?

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Decision time nears for GM, Ford retirees on lump sum offer

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Put a pile of money on the table before thousands of retirees from two major carmakers. Will they grab it? Or do they skip it and stick with their regular monthly check?

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