CHICAGO (Reuters) – Mark Schottland’s 401(k) took a beating in the market crash of 2008, and its value plunged 35 percent, to $65,000. But rather than go into a mattress fund, the Nashville resident decided to invest in himself.
Schottland used what was left of his nest egg at the end of that year to buy the Nashville franchise for Dogtopia, a dog daycare and boarding business that had 27 locations nationwide at the end of last year.
By Mark Miller
(Reuters) – When Barbara and Mark Gomperts became empty nesters a few years ago, they found themselves using just a fraction of the 3,000-square-foot, five-bedroom house where they had raised their children in Vienna, Virginia.
They bought a townhouse in nearby Burke that was a third the size of the house they sold. “We just didn’t need as much space to be happy,” Barbara said in an interview. She is using some of their monthly savings to retrain for a second career.
April 22 (Reuters) – When Barbara and Mark Gomperts became
empty nesters a few years ago, they found themselves using just
a fraction of the 3,000-square-foot, five-bedroom house where
they had raised their children in Vienna, Virginia.
They bought a townhouse in nearby Burke that was a third the
size of the house they sold. “We just didn’t need as much space
to be happy,” Barbara said in an interview. She is using some of
their monthly savings to retrain for a second career.
CHICAGO, April 17 (Reuters) – Americans want to know how to
get the most from their Social Security benefits, and they have
posed more than 11,000 questions to AARP over the years.
The group of more than 37 million people age 50 and older
has been collecting these queries – and answers to them – in an
online searchable database launched eight months ago.
CHICAGO, April 11 (Reuters) – Gary Zeiger could have used an
investment adviser back in the 1990s. As a young techie at a
software company, he got swept up in dot-com stock fever and
lost two-thirds of his 401(k) portfolio when the bubble burst in
The remainder evaporated later, when a layoff forced him to
tap the account to cover living expenses.
CHICAGO, April 9 (Reuters) – Leah Witherspoon lives on
$1,684 a month from Social Security, which is just a little more
than the average Social Security retirement benefit this year of
The 66-year-old Dallas widow, a former school cafeteria
supervisor, is a typical Social Security beneficiary in another
way: Her benefits provide just enough to get by. But that could
change under an expected proposal this week from President Obama
aimed at slowing benefits growth.
CHICAGO, April 4 (Reuters) – Call it the myth of the greedy
geezer – an argument keeps popping up in Washington that old
people have it too good, and that entitlement spending is
squeezing out programs for the young and the needy. We can
maintain our current spending on programs like Social Security,
or we can have Head Start – but we cannot do both.
This is a frequent refrain of the deficit hawk lobby -
groups like Pete Peterson’s Fix the Debt and the millennial-led
advocacy organization The Can Kicks Back. One of my favorite
quotes: hedge fund guru Stan Druckenmiller told a television
interviewer recently that he is not “against seniors.” Rather,
he said, “What I am against is current seniors stealing from
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Intel Corp. has something new inside: A $25,000 retiree benefit to help older workers transition into new careers in non-profit organizations.
Last year, the technology giant launched the Intel Encore Career Fellowship – a program offering a paid, one-year, $25,000 stipend to encourage near-retirement employees to put their skills to work in new careers with a social purpose.
CHICAGO, March 21 (Reuters) – Ellen Goodman spent decades
talking with Americans through her Pulitzer Prize-winning
newspaper column about social change and the women’s movement.
But when her mother became severely ill several years ago, it
struck her there was one profoundly important conversation the
two of them had never had.
“My mother was the kind of person who would talk about your
problems until you were bored with them,” says Goodman.
CHICAGO, March 19 (Reuters) – The economic recovery is not
helping Americans shake a bad case of the retirement jitters.
Workers and current retirees are less confident than ever in
their ability to live comfortably in the post-employment world,
according to the 2013 Retirement Confidence Survey published
Tuesday by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Employee Benefits Research