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Retirement Security

Retirement: A Party We All Want To Attend

Bailey Childers | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Bailey Childers

We must continue to stand up against Wall Street interests who want to privatize social security, force older Americans to work longer, gut pensions for public employees, and continue to manipulate our government to only benefit the wealthiest in our country.

A White House Conference on Aging: Aren't We All?

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

We must acknowledge and celebrate the changing face and composition of those aging in America today by focusing on cultural competency and combating all remaining vestiges of discrimination based on age, race, gender or sexual orientation. We should strive to make sure that the quality of life keeps pace with the quantity of life for all our people.

A Blueprint for Getting America Back on Track

James P. Hoffa | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Given the economy's size and complexity, our problems cannot be solved by tinkering around the edges. Instead, a total revamp is necessary, one that both grows the middle class while reining in the runaway excess of the business class.

Union Dad: Economic Justice and a Rich Family Spirit

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

When I was growing up in Cleveland, my dad was a bus driver and a proud member of the Amalgamated Transit Union. Although he passed away in 2009, the lessons he taught about what it means to be a union member have never left me. That's why I'm proud to be a union son, and proud to be a union dad.

Jason Linkins

So That Happened: Obama, Warren Team Up To Save Older America

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics

So, that happened. This week, the Republican-led House Agriculture Committee began what they termed a "top to bottom" review of the federal food stamp...

Zach Carter

How Democrats Almost Strangled The Obama-Warren Retirement Security Plan In The Cradle

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama unveiled a significant retirement security proposal with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday, announcing pl...

Dave Jamieson

White House To Crack Down On 401(K) Fees

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

Over the objections of Wall Street and some financial regulators, the White House announced Monday that it plans to move ahead with a new rule that wi...

Financial Firms Fight to Protect their Right to Profit at Customers' Expense

Barbara Roper | Posted 04.07.2015 | Business
Barbara Roper

Ever since the Department of Labor proposed several years ago to close regulatory loopholes that allow financial firms to offer conflicted retirement advice without having to act in the best interests of the retirement savers who rely on that advice, financial services firms have been nearly apoplectic in their opposition.

4 Key Variables of the Retirement Equation

Barry N. Koslow, J.D. | Posted 03.30.2015 | Money
Barry N. Koslow, J.D.

There are many things to consider when contemplating retirement. It is one of life's sea changes and if not carefully considered, there can be many surprising outcomes.

America's Retirement Security Crisis Is Huge and Quickly Approaching

Nancy Altman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Nancy Altman

You've heard about boomerang kids -- adult children in their 20s and 30s who have returned to live in their parents' homes. Well, get ready for boomerang parents, formerly independent middle-aged people who -- 10, 15, 20 years hence -- will have no choice but to move into their adult children's homes because they cannot afford to maintain their own.

Do Financial Advisers Work for You or Wall Street?

Liz Shuler | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Liz Shuler

Did Wall Street win on Election Day? The U.S. Department of Labor's watchdog agency charged with protecting pension and retirement savings is on the verge of issuing new worker and retiree protections.

5 Reasons a Comfortable Retirement Is More Uncertain Than Ever

Barry N. Koslow, J.D. | Posted 02.04.2015 | Money
Barry N. Koslow, J.D.

For all but the wealthiest, a guarantee to a comfortable retirement does not exist, and changes in the law, business practices and the economy are making it all the more elusive.

Past Performance Teaches Us Plenty About Saving For Future Retirement

Barry N. Koslow, J.D. | Posted 10.29.2014 | Money
Barry N. Koslow, J.D.

Investment types often trot out the cautionary phrase, "past performance does not necessarily predict future results." And for good reason. Clients must understand that their financial tomorrow is no guarantee. Yet when it comes to the question of whether we are doing enough to ensure that we won't outlive our resources in retirement, we can learn a lot from history.

The Importance of Multiemployer Pension Reform

Randy G. DeFrehn | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
Randy G. DeFrehn

Employers need a system that doesn't place their businesses at risk, and employees and retirees need to know that their retirements are secure. They deserve a pension system that they can count on, yet Congress waits to take action.

ALEC: The New-and-Improved Political Corruption

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

Over the last 41 years, ALEC has worked tirelessly to tear down many of the programs and protections Americans, particularly seniors, have come to rely on, and only recently have many of their objectives come to light.

Protecting Detroit's Pensioners Protects American Values

Karen Friedman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Detroit
Karen Friedman

Pension promises are different. They are legally binding commitments to pay hard-earned retirement income. They are something that we all have to protect.

Yes! Retirement Security Is Attainable

Gary Reber | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Gary Reber

I've said it before and I'll say it again: It's great to be unemployed and retired if you can afford it!

When it Comes to Pensions, Doing Nothing Is Not an Option

Randy G. DeFrehn | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Randy G. DeFrehn

We can help ourselves before it's too late if we are given the flexibility to find workable solutions tailored to each pension plan. Doing nothing will ensure future retirees will have nothing for retirement.

Why Municipalities Should Look to San Jose, Not Detroit, For a Lesson in Pensions

Teague Paterson | Posted 03.23.2014 | Detroit
Teague Paterson

Judge Steven Rhodes's recent ruling in Detroit led many to believe that it's open season on worker pensions. The national media declared local governments had new legal precedent to start cutting benefits for thousands of public employees. This is exactly the wrong lesson to take away from Detroit.

How Chuck Reed's Pension 'Reform' Scheme Doesn't Add Up

Dave Low | Posted 03.11.2014 | San Francisco
Dave Low

California's nonpartisan Legislative Analyst, the state office responsible for analyzing the impact of proposed ballot measures, sent up a large red flag. It said that an initiative that would eliminate the Constitutional vested rights of public employees to retirement and retiree health care could cost "billions of dollars."

As Budget Conference Begins, 1.5 Percent 2014 Social Security COLA Underscores Need to Address Retirement Security Crisis

Ben Veghte | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ben Veghte

As another historically low Social Security COLA is announced for 2014, our country faces two distinct challenges in budget and retirement security policy. The Budget Committee must deal with a range of challenges relating to restoring equitable growth and opportunity.

Having it All: The Absurdity of the False Choice Frame for Pensions

Dave Low | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics
Dave Low

The most recent alarmist language from pension opponents is that Californians must make a choice between providing a secure retirement for our state's seniors and paying for every other social service and progressive cause.

America's Retirement Security Crisis and the Need to Expand Social Security (Infographic)

Ben Veghte | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Ben Veghte

Here is an infographic that depicts the scope and magnitude of the retirement security crisis, and highlights the need to expand Social Security benefits to address it.

A Labor Day Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Let's use Labor Day 2013 as an opportunity to reflect on the men and women whose heads, hearts and hands have made ours the strongest economy the world has ever known.

7 Important Examples Of How Markets Can Fail

The Fiscal Times | Mark Thoma | Posted 06.20.2013 | Business

Fiscal Times: Many people on the political right believe that free markets are the solution to most any problem. For example, Senator Pat Roberts (...