Should young retirement savers load up on stocks? Maybe not


Millennials don’t seem to buy the traditional wisdom when it comes to investing. They’re the most risk-averse investors since the Great Depression, with the average portfolio 52 percent in cash, according to a recent report by UBS Wealth Management Americas. That runs counter to what most investment experts will tell you – that young people […]

Retirement confidence bounces back, but only among wealthy savers


Americans who owned stocks in 2013 are feeling better about their retirement prospects than they did just a few years ago. For everyone else, not so much. The longest-running survey of American retirement sentiment shows confidence rose in 2013, the first increase since sentiment plunged following the Great Recession of 2008-2009. But the 2014 Retirement Confidence […]

How 401(k) cash-outs hurt down the road


When you change jobs, do you take the money and run? A disturbingly-large and growing number of young and low-income workers do just that with their 401(k)s – and it’s damaging their chances of building adequate retirement savings down the road. Data released today by Fidelity Investments shows that 35 percent of all participants in […]

MyRA won’t close the nest egg gap, but maybe the states can


If states are the laboratories of democracy, they need to start some retirement savings experiments – quick. About half of Americans haven’t been able to create nest eggs at all, and the labs working the problem in Washington haven’t found solutions. That’s my take on MyRA, the retirement saving program PresidentBarack Obama announced during his […]

Why boomer balance sheets are a mess

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Conversations about retirement readiness usually focus on portfolios–how much you’re saving, your investment mix, and whether you’ll accumulate assets sufficient to last a lifetime. But those conversations are missing a bigger-picture question about retirement readiness: How are household balance sheets shaping up as families approach retirement? Research by the AARP Public Policy Institute provides answers. […]

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Thinking of rolling over your 401(k)? Think twice


Regulators are sending a clear warning: Beware the IRA rollover. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), which self-polices the brokerage industry, issued a regulatory notice late last month warning member firms against overselling clients on shifting retirement dollars from 401(k)s to individual retirement accounts when they retire or change jobs. Likewise, a report last year by […]

The problem with investing glidepaths


Investors should reduce their equity exposure as retirement approaches—that’s the conventional wisdom, and it’s the fundamental premise of the current 800-pound gorilla of workplace retirement investing: the target date fund (TDF). But conventional wisdom can be wrong—and a handful of well-respected researchers set out to prove it in recent papers questioning the current glide path […]

Why your health insurance may soon resemble your 401(k)


Are you ready for the 401(k)-ization of health insurance? If not, get ready, because there’s a good chance it’s coming to your workplace soon. That was the consensus of some of the nation’s top employee benefits experts, who gathered last week for a conference in the nation’s capital. What we’re talking about here is a […]

Why minorities are losing the retirement race


The issue of retirement inequality has caught fire in Washington, D.C., and a report issued this week turns up the heat. The report zeroes in on the appalling gap in retirement security among racial groups in America. The National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS), a non-profit research group, found that workers of color – especially […]

With stock market soaring, your 401(k) may need a tune-up


Stocks are in record territory, which probably is great news for your 401(k). Fidelity Investments reported Thursday that average account balances hit a new high in the third quarter, propelled mainly by surging equities markets. This might be news to you if you don’t track the market closely and rarely check your account balance. In […]