When you call Social Security, expect to wait even longer

When you call Social Security, expect to wait even longer

Few government agencies touch the lives of more Americans than the Social Security Administration — the agency pays $1.4 trillion in benefits to more than 71 million people every year. But Social Security has been grappling with a customer service mess that threatens...
Could traditional pensions make a comeback in the private sector?

Could traditional pensions make a comeback in the private sector?

Did IBM just kick off the next big trend in the world of employee retirement benefits? Big Blue made headlines recently when it announced plans to end its 401(k) matching contribution in favor of a new benefit that sure sounds alot like a good old-fashioned pension....
Medicare fall enrollment: How to cut through the advertising noise

Medicare fall enrollment: How to cut through the advertising noise

If you’re enrolled in Medicare, you might want to turn off your television this time of year. In the weeks ahead, the airwaves will be flooded with advertisements promoting insurance plans during Medicare’s open enrollment period, which will start on Sunday and end...
How to protect your retirement from inflation

How to protect your retirement from inflation

The Social Security cost of living adjustment for 2024 will be 3.2 percent, far below this year’s 8.7 percent bump. The smaller increase reflects the cooling of consumer prices, but inflation is an ever-present risk that should be a consideration in your retirement...
Inflation and the markets take a bite out of retirement confidence

Inflation and the markets take a bite out of retirement confidence

The U.S. economy is in much better shape today than it was during the Great Recession. But persistent inflation and last year’s sharp stock market decline have shaken the confidence of American workers and retirees about their retirement prospects in a way not seen...