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Social Security—often cited as a “third rail”—has been a staple of the retirement landscape for almost 90 years. But that doesn't mean that it’s free of misconceptions; in MarketBeat, John Iekel discusses a recent commentary that highlights some to avoid. READ MORE
Teachers at a recent hearing called on the Massachusetts legislature to investigate the effects of the federal Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO).  The Joint Committee on Public Service July 25 held a hearing concerning Resolve S. 1656, which calls for an... READ MORE
Tech Talk addresses whether, and how, a 403(b) holder can take a loan from the account if the employer through which the 403(b) was started no longer exists. READ MORE
The American Retirement Association joined over 100 organizations—including major corporations, law firms, and advocacy organizations—in sending a letter June 29 to the House Ways & Means Committee seeking a two-year delay of the Roth catch-up requirement in SECURE 2.0 that requires anyone who... READ MORE
Concern about Social Security is as perennial as it is rife. A panel of experts in a recent seminar offered some suggestions for addressing the challenges facing the system.  Panelists in the recent National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) webinar “Social Security: What’s Next and New... READ MORE
Almost 70% of near-retirees either failed or barely passed MassMutual’s latest Social Security retirement benefits quiz. Over one-third failed (35%), and another one-third received a D (34%).   ​More than a quarter of near-retiree respondents did not know that if they have a spouse, the other... READ MORE
The third rail of American politics isn’t what it should be, according to Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA). “We have to redefine what that third rail is,” Cassidy said when asked about prospects for a Social Security fix. “The third rail, according to our leading presidential candidates, is that you... READ MORE
Warnings that Social Security’s long-term solvency is questionable are not new. But how about a little good news? A recent analysis suggests that maybe all is not lost.  The glass is half full, argue Kathleen Romig, Director of Social Security and Disability Policy at the Center on Budget and... READ MORE
Social Security continues to face “significant financing issues,” says the Board of Trustees of the federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds in its annual report to Congress. It notes that it has arrived at that finding in prior years. The Board calls on... READ MORE
This new feature in the NTSA Advisor provides a look at what’s going on in the states and the most recent developments in their activity to provide and enhance retirement plan coverage.  Expanded Coverage Options for Certain FL Teachers Proposed   Legislation is before the Florida Senate and... READ MORE
Apparently it’s never too early to start thinking about the cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security. While at this point such things seem to be highly speculative (to say the least), February inflation — as measured by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (... READ MORE
A bipartisan group of Senators is spearheading an effort to draw attention to Social Security’s shortfalls and to help retirees better determine when to claim benefits. Comprised of Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Chris Coons (D-DE), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), the lawmakers on March 6... READ MORE
Legislation that purports to expand Social Security benefits, shore up program funding, and increase taxes on the “wealthy” has been reintroduced in Congress. The Social Security Expansion Act was originally introduced last June in the Senate by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), along with Sens. Chris... READ MORE
In January, Andrew Biggs, a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute known for his contrarian retirement takes and criticism of financial media sensationalism, was nominated to the Social Security Advisory Board. In MarketBeat, John Sullivan writes that some thought it was a sign of... READ MORE
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has provided an overview concerning the Social Security full retirement age (FRA) and what changes to it mean. This is especially timely since the effects of adjustments made under a reform measure enacted in 1983 are kicking in. About the FRA A worker’s... READ MORE
Today is Valentine's Day — and, as usual, there’s been the typical seasonal promotions for flowers, candy, and even pajamas.  I’ve been pretty good over the years remembering those type events — anniversaries (wedding AND dating), birthdays and, yes — Valentine’s Day. But sometimes the time gap... READ MORE
Confident about their careers and in their ability to achieve financial security, the nation’s youngest adults have a goal of retiring before they reach age 60, but that confidence comes with a few caveats, according to a new study.   Data from Northwestern Mutual's 2022 Planning & Progress... READ MORE
Social Security benefits don’t come out of thin air — it takes not only contributions but also formulae to determine benefit amounts. In a recent report, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) discusses the possible effects of adjusting computation years, one of the factors used to determine... READ MORE
The vitality of the Social Security system has long been a topic of discussion, and there are warnings that it will become insolvent. Tech Talk discusses a report by the Congressional Research Service that explains what that really means.     READ MORE
While retirement is still more than two decades away for Americans born in the 1980s, an Urban Institute report finds that the retirement outlook for early Millennials is reason for concern — particularly compared to older generations, writes Ted Godbout in MarketBeat.    READ MORE