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Why 401(k) plans will fall short for most Americans

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It’s time to end the fraudulent notion that 401(k)-type plans are adequate retirement vehicles for most Americans.

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Economic Turmoil: Retirement Plans At Risk

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Having a supplemental retirement investment account is certainly better than nothing. But these days — amid global debt fears, jobless stagnation, and Monday's stock market nosedive and roller coaster ride over the rest of the week — a portfolio seems to offer the same comfort level as a lottery ticket. Neither one provides a guarantee of a financially secure retirement.

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8 ways the super committee is not super for retirement

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Social Security and Medicare will be in the sights of the Congressional “super committee” that will be looking for $1.5 trillion in federal spending cuts under the terms of the debt ceiling agreement. That means the financial security of seniors and Boomers nearing retirement will be on the line, so let’s consider the outlook for these vital programs as the negotiations get underway.

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Longevity Policy: Facing Up to Longevity Issues Affecting Social Security, Pensions, and Older Workers

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Turner argues that public policy should recognize longevity policy as a distinct policy area. Rather than separately treating issues raised by life expectancy (e.g., Social Security, pensions, older workers), a unified approach should be developed that recognizes their interrelationship.

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Retirement Income: Ensuring Income throughout Retirement Requires Difficult Choices

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As life expectancy increases, the risk that retirees will outlive their assets is a growing challenge. The shift from defined benefit (DB) pension plans to defined contribution (DC) plans also increases the responsibility for workers and retirees to make difficult decisions and manage their pension and other financial assets so that they have income throughout retirement.

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Retirement under attack

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Look out, people, Congress is launching an all-out attack on the retirement security of current and future retirees.

Under the guise of cutting federal and state budget deficits, there is a an all-out assault on Social Security, Medicare and public pension plans – all programs that are central to providing economic well-being

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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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Don't blame Social Security

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On Monday, I was honored to join my colleagues Senators Reid, Sanders, Franken and Blumenthal at a rally with more than 300 supporters of Social Security.

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Give all Americans a secure retirement

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Thanks to the big expansion of Social Security in the 1970s and the growth of employer pension plans, many Americans have retired, grown old and still managed to remain part of the middle class. But the system is eroding because of the change in the way pensions are delivered.

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Two simple ideas for improving DC plans

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There are two proposed pieces of legislation sitting in Congress that would seem to be no-brainers for helping people save for retirement and helping advisers help their clients.

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