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Forgot About That Pension From a Long-Lost Employer?

These days it’s not uncommon for a worker to spend his or her career at half a dozen or more companies before retiring. It’s also not uncommon for companies themselves to go through numerous mergers and ownership changes. The odds of record-keeping errors also grow as companies change hands....



Retirees Now Get Less From Social Security Than They Put In

A report by the Urban Institute finds that people retiring today represent the first generation of workers that have paid more in Social Security taxes during their careers than they will receive in benefits after they retire.  And this historic shift is expected to get worse for future retirees....



Studies Show Age Affects Financial Decision Making

Cognitive impairment in old age may not simply be the result of a random event such as Alzheimer’s or a stroke. There is increasing evidence that cognitive decline in old age is natural and inevitable, and cannot be slowed by education or intelligence, nor by so-called brain exercises such...



Cash Balance Retirement Plans Are Becoming Popular Alternatives To Pensions

Kravitz, a national designer and administrator of corporate retirement plans, recently released their 2012 National Cash Balance Research Report, which indicates that cash balance plans continue to grow much faster than all other types of retirement plans.  In 2010 (the most recent year for which IRS reporting data is...



Political Risk Could Have an Outsized Impact on the U.S. Economy in 2013

The combination of increased taxes and spending reductions that will automatically take effect on January 1 if Congress does not act has the potential to decrease the budget deficit by around $600 billion next year but also tank the economy, according to estimates by the Congressional Budget Office.  Tax...



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