Social Security demonstrates that public systems are often better than their private counterparts. The problem is that government-managed systems are only as good as their stewards. The only cure is stronger democracy, so that citizens who value good programs vote to elect leaders pledged to defend them.
The ruling's goal, protecting retirement savers from high fees and poor performance, is both admirable and desperately needed. However, the firms actually responsible for investing 401(k) assets -- the financial services industry -- should be accountable for the performance of their investment products, not employers.
The Class of 2015 is trading in its caps and gowns for suits and ties, and a wave of college grads are hitting the workforce. This also means a new crop of workers will begin saving in a 401(k) for the very first time. Even though retirement might seem like a lifetime away for most 20-somethings, the earlier you start saving, the easier the path to retirement can be.
Workers today need to be saving much more for retirement than their predecessors. That they have not signals an impending retirement income crisis. The Center for Retirement Research projects that 52 percent of today's working households will not have adequate income in retirement -- around two thirds when one takes health and long-term care costs into account.
James Altucher has been getting lots of attention lately because of a 62-second video he posted for Business Insider, titled "Why investing in a 401(k) is a complete waste of money." I decided to write this rebuttal not so much as a direct attack on this particular video but because some of what Altucher said reflects views held by others as well.
My visit with Jason followed on the heels of some extensive research I was involved in, to gain a better understanding of millennials' financial habits. In addition, we also investigated the role (or lack thereof) a financial advisor plays in helping millennials plan and save. The results? As varied as their personalities.