By Mark Miller
CHICAGO(Reuters) – As the stock market has whipsawed over the past two weeks, young workers who have all their retirement funds tied up in long-range target-date funds may have been the hardest hit.
The average 25-year-old fully invested in a 2060 target-date fund series saw a 10 percent decline in account value from the market’s recent peak on July 17 through Monday’s close, according to Morningstar – close to the 10.96 percent decline of the S&P 500 over that period.
CHICAGO, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Five dollars may not sound like
much pay for doing a job, but do not tell that to Brooke Folk.
At age 67, Folk spends up to 30 hours a week on projects
generated through Fiverr.com (fiverr.com), a
shared-economy website that requires all its vendors to offer
something to customers for just $5 and takes a 20 percent
commission on earnings.
CHICAGO, Aug 13 (Reuters) – If you work for a small business
that doesn’t have a retirement plan, help is on the way.
Roughly half of the U.S. states are working to create
government-sponsored automatic individual retirement account
(IRA) plans that would enroll workers without access to
employer-sponsored retirement plans.
CHICAGO, August 6 (Reuters) – Retirees are facing a double whammy next year: no inflation adjustment in their Social Security benefits and a whopping 52 percent jump in certain Medicare premiums.
The Medicare premium hikes will hit only 30 percent of beneficiaries: those who are not protected from a “hold-harmless” provision in federal law that prohibits any premium hike that produces a net reduction in Social Security benefits. But the increases suggest strongly that the recent trend of moderate healthcare inflation is ending.
CHICAGO, July 30 (Reuters) – Medicare turns 50 on Thursday,
riding high in the polls but under attack from presidential
candidates proposing benefit cuts or even phasing out the U.S.
healthcare program for older people.
When President Lyndon Johnson signed the law, half of
Americans age 65 or older had no health insurance. Today, just 2
percent go uncovered.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – If you plan to retire soon, add this item to your to-do list: a visit to the dentist before your dental insurance disappears.
Retirees transitioning to Medicare are often surprised to learn that the program does not cover routine dental care or more complex procedures.
CHICAGO, July 9 (Reuters) – When presidents call Americans
together to talk about aging, major change is possible. The
first White House Conference on Aging in 1961 played a midwife’s
role in the birth of Medicare; the 1971 conference led to
creation of the automatic cost-of-living adjustment for Social
Security, which has been in place since 1975.
This year’s conference, set for Monday, July 13, could have
similar impact in a country facing the challenges of a rapidly
CHICAGO, June 26 (Reuters) – Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court
ruling on same-sex marriage will give a huge boost to the
retirement security of LGBT Americans. That will be especially
true in the realm of Social Security – where it pays to be
The ruling will affect everything from access to spousal
pension and retirement accounts, health benefits and more. But
Social Security really is the headliner. Recognition of same-sex
marriage in all 50 states will guarantee access to Social
Security’s spousal and survivor benefits, which are the most
valuable features of the program.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – How much money you will need to save to enjoy a secure retirement depends on the ultimate unknowable: How long will you live?
The possibility of running short is called longevity risk, and the Obama administration last year established rules to foster a new type of annuity, the Qualified Longevity Annuity Contract, that would provide a steady monthly payment until you die.
CHICAGO, June 18 (Reuters) – Americans are living longer, so
why not lower the eligibility age for Medicare?
That prescription might sound upside down: rising longevity
often is used as an argument for delaying Medicare eligibility
past age 65. However, one of the country’s top experts on
geriatric medicine actually thinks Medicare should start
covering preventive healthcare when we turn 50.