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Transparency and Reputation: There Is No Place to Hide

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

Reputation, brand and image are very important priorities for corporations, organizations and institutions. These characteristics and the products and...

America's Pension Black Hole: Dissecting Warren Buffett's Tapeworm

Bob Swarup | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Bob Swarup

Warren Buffett described public pension plans as a "gigantic financial tapeworm" and warned of a decade of pain. He was right on the first point, less so on the second.

Learn From Pension Fund Managers in Turkey

Dan Solin | Posted 03.09.2014 | Business
Dan Solin

If the best fund managers in Turkey can't exploit inefficiencies in an emerging market, how likely is it that your broker or adviser can do so in far more efficient markets?

A New Science of Pension Fund Management

Steve Currall | Posted 02.15.2014 | Business
Steve Currall

We urge other public pension funds to bring scientific research to bear on these questions. Like any other investor, these funds should invite, rather than resist, impartial scrutiny of their strategy

How Congress Might Slash Your Pension

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

In the coming weeks, Congress will consider legislation that would reform pension laws in a way that could slash benefits already promised to retirees...

Let's End the Charade

Dan Solin | Posted 12.08.2013 | Business
Dan Solin

They drop poorly performing funds and select replacements with stellar recent track records. In making these choices, they often rely on the recommendation of their consultants, who dazzle them with charts and graphs supporting their selections. This ritual is repeated endlessly.

Is 401(k) Good for America?

Don McNay | Posted 03.12.2013 | Business
Don McNay

I've always encouraged people to put the maximum amount into a 401(k) plan. Few do. Many put in little or nothing at all. Now they are looking at a bleak retirement. Or no retirement at all.

Should You Reconsider Your Pension Plan?

U.S. News And World Report | David Ning | Posted 01.16.2013 | Fifty

Many of us wish our company offered a pension plan, but more and more employers are moving away from these so-called traditional defined-benefit plans...

10 Investments Obama May Not Want You To Know About

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 10.18.2012 | Money

Among the many contentious exchanges in Tuesday's presidential debate was a barbed back-and-forth between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama about...

Losing Coaches Get Fired!

Kathy Kemper | Posted 11.16.2012 | Politics
Kathy Kemper

Our national debt keeps growing. And the administration is not showing the kind of leadership Congress needs to stop kicking the fiscal can further down the road. This month, Team Romney asked, "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?" Many Americans couldn't say yes.

Dave Jamieson

What Romney 'Wants To Annihilate'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The way Teamsters President James P. Hoffa sees it, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney would be happy if an already weakened Amer...

Greed vs. Retirement Security: Excessive 401(k) Fees

David Callahan | Posted 07.31.2012 | Money
David Callahan

So what happens in a marketplace when buyers lack information and can't easily exercise consumer choice? Sellers can charge whatever they want. And this is pretty much the case in the 401(k) marketplace.

Is 401(k) a Ticking Time Bomb?

Don McNay | Posted 07.03.2012 | Money
Don McNay

401(k) plan investments are a primary driver of the investment markets. They are also the reason that many people are pacing the floors at night, worrying if their retirement will get delayed or destroyed.

Finding Your Lost Money

Jason Alderman | Posted 02.14.2012 | Business
Jason Alderman

You may not know it, but millions of Americans are owed money from long-forgotten government payments, stock sales, bank accounts and other lost accounts.

Watchdog: Retired Workers At Major Airline Shorted On Pensions

AP | By MARCY GORDON | Posted 12.01.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A watchdog report says the agency that insures pensions for millions of U.S. workers made serious errors in valuing pension plans for Un...

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...

Which Country Has The Best Retirement Options?

Posted 12.13.2011 | Fifty

Dutch retirees (and soon-to-be retirees) have a special reason to feel proud this week, as the Netherlands has been named as the country with the best...

Pensions Set To Be Next Battleground For State Employees

The New York Times | Steven Greenhouse | Posted 08.15.2011 | Politics

First came the pay freezes and unpaid furloughs. Then came the higher contributions for health insurance. Now, in the most definitive sign yet that th...

For Mother's Day, Help Mom Get Organized

Jason Alderman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jason Alderman

In addition to traditional gifts like candy and flowers, consider spending a few hours helping your mom organize her financial, legal and medical records so that she -- and you -- knows where she stands.

Can I Take Money Out Of My 401K During My Divorce?

Jeffrey A. Landers | Posted 06.13.2011 | Divorce
Jeffrey A. Landers

"Can my spouse take money out of his/her 401K before or during our divorce?"...

Zach Carter

An Overblown 'Crisis' For State Pension Funds

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In early 2010, Goldman Sachs announced two blockbuster numbers: profits of $13.4 billion for the prior year and compensation of $16.2 bi...

A Dozen Ways to Eliminate the Middle Class

Tom Shachtman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tom Shachtman

Cleaning out my files at year's end, I came across notes that I wrote in early 2002 on a dozen ways to eliminate America's middle class through the actions of government and private industry.

Laura Bassett

U.S. Retirement Deficit Reaches $6.6 Trillion: 'God Help the Poor Gen Xers'

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

America's retirement crisis has reached epic proportions, according to a recent study by Boston College's Center for Retirement Research. The study e...

The Hangover From America's Bailout Party (VIDEO)

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

For a decade, Wall Street was playing funny money games, and many Americans also felt like they were invited to the celebration. We were living in fantasy land, but the fantasy is over and we woke up to a nightmare.

America's Hangover From the Bailout Party

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Don McNay

I've been reading Maria Bartiromo's new book, The Weekend That Changed Wall Street. A better title might have been "The Weekend that Changed the World." It was America's chance to bottom out. We didn't.