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A Paycheck's Impact on Retirement Income Benefits

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Returning to work can affect Social Security benefits and pension payments, but may also let you turbocharge your nest egg.

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Pensions Are Top Income Source for Wealthier U.S. Retirees

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U.S. retirees with $50,000 or more in annual income are twice as likely as retirees below that threshold to say a work-sponsored pension plan is a major source of retirement funds. Instead, these lower-income retirees overwhelmingly cite Social Security as a major source of their retirement income.

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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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Fiscal trouble ahead for most future retirees

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For the first time since the New Deal, a majority of Americans are headed toward a retirement in which they will be financially worse off than their parents, jeopardizing a long era of improved living standards for the nation’s elderly, according to a growing consensus of new research.

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It’s Time to Take the Risk Out of Retirement

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Amidst the deluge of polls, electoral counts, and predictions for yesterday’s election, a different number was released that shows the grim state of Americans’ retirement security.

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Young workers’ retirement hopes grow bleaker amid economic downturn

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The economic downturn is pressing more employers to reduce pension benefits and significantly delaying when people launch their careers, darkening the already bleak picture that young workers face in saving for retirement.

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Women face host of obstacles to retirement

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When Jeanne Majors, 63, took an early retirement in December 2005, she assumed that she would pick up a part-time job and be in good financial shape. She didn't know that her future would quickly fall apart.

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The Road to Retirement

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Even before the Great Recession, Americans were not saving enough, if anything, for retirement, and policy experts were warning of a looming catastrophe. The economic downturn and its consequences — including losses in jobs, income, investments and home equity — have made that bad situation much worse.

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Should the 401(k) Be Reformed or Replaced?

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John Greene worked for 30 years at an Oscar Mayer plant in Madison, Wis., deboning hams and loading boxes of hot dogs. His plan grew to $60,000, and soon after retiring he began withdrawing $3,600 a year from it, money that allowed him and his wife to take what he called a wondrous two-week trip to Scotland, his ancestral homeland.

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Weak jobs rate in Michigan may be 'the new normal'

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Labor Day means more than a chance to relax and eat hot dogs. It's also a time to reflect on the challenges facing the American worker. (NOTE: this article also appeared in USA Today.)

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