iOS app Android app


Did You Retire This Year? Better Get Back to Work.

Jane White | Posted 12.24.2011 | Business
Jane White

The scariest thing about retiring in this stagnant economy is that if you do realize you're running out of money, it will be tough to find a job that pays as well as the one you had -- much less find one at all.

IRS Boosts Maximum Pension Plan Contribution

AP | Posted 12.20.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service is raising the maximum contribution that workers can make to their 401(k) pension plans without paying...

Is Corporate Greed Robbing You Of Your Pension? Reality Check

Mark Miller | Posted 12.18.2011 | Fifty
Mark Miller

Each time the market plunges, you can count on seeing a flurry of news reports looking at just how badly workplace 401(k) retirement portfolios have been hit. Rarely will you see a story asking why the market risk is born by individual workers.

Why Is the Obama Administration Enabling Retirement Rip-offs?

Jane White | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
Jane White

Rather than requiring employers to make 401(k) plans as generous as pensions, the Obama Administration appears to be duping older workers into thinking they are ready and simply need a product that will stretch their puny nest egg over a lifetime.

How To Claim What’s Yours From A Deceased Ex

Emily W. McBurney | Posted 12.07.2011 | Divorce
Emily W. McBurney

Although many people might secretly wish their exes were dead during a bitter divorce, the reality when it actually happens is almost always horrible -- no matter how acrimonious (or amicable) the divorce.

Morningstar Should Be Ashamed of Its 401(k) Plan

Dan Solin | Posted 12.04.2011 | Business
Dan Solin

I feel sorry for Morningstar's employees. The fund selections represent everything that is wrong with 401(k) plans in this country. Here are some suggestions for Morningstar's committee.

WATCH: The Best Way To Save For Retirement

Daily Finance | Posted 11.19.2011 | Business

The most powerful tool young investors have is time, because savings can grow exponentially over decades. A 23-year-old Californian asked DailyFinance...

How Can We Address Our Retirement Deficits If We Don't Know What to Save or What We've Saved?

Jane White | Posted 11.06.2011 | Business
Jane White

Incredibly, those managing 401(k) assets aren't required to communicate the "cost" of retirement adequacy and the minimum contribution needed to fund that goal.

The Unsexiest (But Most Important) Part Of Your Split

Emily W. McBurney | Posted 11.05.2011 | Divorce
Emily W. McBurney

If you're in the middle of a divorce, you might not have noticed that National 401(k) Day is coming up. It does tend to get lost in the shuffle, between getting the kids back to school, vacation, and, well, just about everything else.

Don't Play Wall Street Roulette With Military Retirement

Richard Allen Smith | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics
Richard Allen Smith

All careers aren't created equal. Yes, civilians work longer to get to retirement. But civilians also aren't spending multiple years away from their families getting shot at.

Are You Ready to Jump Into the World of Self-Employment?

Don McNay | Posted 10.10.2011 | Small Business
Don McNay

If Americans like the idea of self-employment and know it presents the greatest opportunity for growth, what is stopping some of them from taking the plunge?

Flight To Safety: What To Do With Your (Remaining) Money After Stock Market Delivers A Drubbing

Pamela Yellen | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business
Pamela Yellen

Investors have short memories. Keeping that in mind, you might want to print this column and save it at the ready. It is timely reading this week and without any doubt will be again -- sooner than any of us want to admit.

U.S. Default Fears Drove 401(k) Investors Away From Stocks

AP | By DAVID PITT | Posted 10.03.2011 | Business

-- Workers with 401(k) accounts, fearing another drop in their savings similar to 2008, shifted investments from stocks to less volatile bond funds i...

6 Tips for Women From Suze Orman

Posted 09.18.2011 | Women

I was fortunate enough to have finance expert Suze Orman join me twice on Mondays with Marlo. She answered so many of your important questions abou...

Court Rules Kraft's 401(k) Plan May Have Holes

Dan Solin | Posted 09.25.2011 | Business
Dan Solin

Notwithstanding the utter stupidly of selecting funds on the basis of past returns, this charade continues all over the country every day.

He Died and Left Her a Million

Natalie Pace | Posted 09.15.2011 | Women
Natalie Pace

I received a call from a woman who had a tragic event in her life, which completely changed her income status overnight. Her husband passed away unex...

3.5 Billion Reasons Why Your 401(k) Plan Is a Loser

Dan Solin | Posted 09.18.2011 | Business
Dan Solin

A recent article discussed the estimated $3.5 billion paid by mutual funds to advisers to 401(k) plans. These payments are euphemistically called "revenue-sharing." In reality, they are legal bribes.

Should You Borrow on Your 401k? from Suze Orman

Posted 09.18.2011 | Women

Should you borrow on your 401k? Financial expert Suze Orman answers in her patented no-nonsense style. if(typeof AOLVP_cfg==='undefined')AOLVP_c...

Are You Staying Together For the House?

Natalie Pace | Posted 08.29.2011 | Divorce
Natalie Pace

Some couples stay together for love, and others stay together for the kids. But today, with unemployment at 9.1% and real estate prices continuing to...

If the Democrats Lose the Senate Our Retirement Is Toast

Jane White | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Jane White

With the election only 17 months away, time's a wasting, because you can only withdraw around $400 a month from a $120,000 nest egg without running out of money.

Are You Draining Your Nest Egg to Stay Afloat on an Underwater Mortgage?

Natalie Pace | Posted 08.27.2011 | Business
Natalie Pace

If you are one of those seriously delinquent homeowners, or one who is draining your nest egg or tapping home equity to make the mortgage payments, is there a way to hang on long enough?

The Dangers Of Getting Rich In Your Divorce

Natalie Pace | Posted 08.27.2011 | Divorce
Natalie Pace

In most marriages, there's one partner who pays the bills and invests and another who doesn't. So, what do you do when our money becomes your money a...

Why Millennials Can't Start Their Careers And Baby Boomers Can't End Theirs

National Journal | RONALD BROWNSTEIN | Posted 08.09.2011 | Business

It's hard to say this spring whether it's more difficult for the class of 2011 to enter the labor force or for the class of 1967 to leave it....

So Much for a "Best 401(k) Plan" Ranking: Apparently It's None of Your Business

Jane White | Posted 07.24.2011 | Business
Jane White

If big but frugal companies aren't willing to offer adequate retirement plans, they ought to be required to make their stinginess public so that prospective and current employees can look elsewhere.

America's Retirement Insecurity

Jim Worth | Posted 07.18.2011 | Politics
Jim Worth

Republicans are bent on eviscerating America's security against poverty! The recession has taken its toll on hard-working Americans. It has left a na...