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Retirement...What's that?

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Yesterday I attended a hearing held by the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Called Stories from the Kitchen Table: How Middle Class Families are Struggling to Make Ends Meet, the hearing focused on the all-too-familiar challenges that many of America's middle class families are facing due to the economic downturn. 

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Hey, Republicans and Democrats: Are you listening?

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On NPR this morning, Morning Edition aired a story on the Republican Leadership Conference, which is taking place in New Orleans this weekend.  At one point, the reporter interviewed two women who were waiting in line to meet former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. 

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Study Says You Might Need to Work into your 80s…But Where?

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Say hello to the new breed of worker.  80 is the new 60. Plan to work into your 80s is the message of a new study, Retirement Income Adequacy, The Impact of Deferring Retirement Age released last week by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).

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No Pension, No Security

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Using a carrot rather than a stick approach, traditional pensions encourage workers to retire after they reach a certain age, allowing employers to structure compensation to reflect the obsolescence of skills and potential physical and cognitive limitations associated with aging.

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Lack of Retirement Funds Is Americans' Biggest Financial Worry

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More Americans are worried about not having enough money for retirement (66%) than are worried about seven other financial matters Gallup asked about.

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Many Hispanics face obstacles in retirement planning

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Over the past several decades, many Hispanic-Americans and their families have come to this country for a chance to live in a place where freedom means endless possibility.

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Senator cites the Retirement Income Deficit

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In May, Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced S. 1020, the Savings Enhancement by Alleviating Leakage in 401(k) Savings Act of 2011, or SEAL Act.

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I can't believe I am writing a column about Social Security

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Although I became eligible to join the American Association of Retired Persons way back in 2005, I ignored their advances until I realized membership could save money on a car rental.  So I enrolled. 

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401(k) Plans Are Designed for Mediocrity

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Understanding the typical investment will help people understand why 401(k)s are intentionally designed for mediocrity.

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Pensions: The decline of the 401(k)

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With all the talk of bringing government pensions in line, too little attention has been paid to pensions in the private sector. "Suffering" is a description for the 401(k)-style pensions that most American workers rely on.

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