Retirement USA in the News
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Many employers have embraced 401(k) and other defined-contribution accounts as a way of helping workers save for retirement while relieving themselves of the financial risks that come with managing a traditional pension plan.
Regents last week reaffirmed the use of a federal IRS cap on the amount of pay used to calculate UC pensions, an inflation-adjusted $250,000 limit this year that also is proposed in a bill capping the pensions of all new hires in state and local government.
Many baby boomers will continue to work after retirement. The decision to work during the traditional retirement years may be a choice or beyond our control.
Most are way behind, lack skills to plan life after work
With less than one-half of workers having access to a retirement plan and even fewer saving enough for their old age, Congress is looking at ways to help get more Americans on track to a secure retirement.
Behind closed doors in Washington, the budget negotiations continue. And no matter which deal gets made, it appears the outcome will significantly threaten the economic security of America’s middle class families and seniors.
Robert Hiltonsmith, policy analyst at Demos, and author of their report The Failure of the 401(k), looks at the current state of private sector retirement plans and what alternatives there are to the 401(k) deferred savings plan.
Underfunded pensions, outdated regulations and fiscal troubles threaten the nest eggs of millions of American Workers. In the absence of a national retirement policy, litigators in the courts — not lawmakers — have played an outsize role in shaping America’s retirement future.
The magnitude of the nation’s retirement income crisis was revealed during a press conference about the Retirement Income Deficit — the gap between the pensions and retirement savings that American households have today and what they should have today to maintain their living standards in retirement.
After President Obama's debt commission, Social Security is becoming a popular target for fiscal hawks.