• The Principal Enhances Support for Participants Nearing Retirement Business Wire - Thu, Mar 26, 2015 4:40 AM NZDT

    According to a recent survey by the Principal Financial Group®, only a third of its pre-retiree participants have created a plan for income in retirement1. To help them navigate th

  • Lifetime Retirement Health Care Costs for Average 65-year-old Couple Retiring in 2015 Projected to Exceed … PR Newswire - Thu, Mar 26, 2015 3:00 AM NZDT

    DANVERS, Mass., March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthView Services today published its 2015 Retirement Health Care Costs Data Report, which shows average expected retirement health care costs for Medicare B, D and Supplemental insurance for a healthy couple retiring this year at 65 years of age will be $266,589 in today's dollars.  For a couple retiring in 10 years at 65, expected costs will rise to $320,996, underscoring the impact of rising health care cost inflation.  While the report provides comprehensive perspective on overall retirement health care costs, it also breaks down these costs into components to support informed retirement planning decisions.

  • Attitudes Toward Retirement Are Shifting, Franklin Templeton Survey Finds Marketwired - Thu, Mar 26, 2015 2:17 AM NZDT

    More than half of Americans are considering working during their retirement, and not simply out of necessity, according to Franklin Templeton's 2015 Retirement Income Strategies and Expectations survey. ...

  • How Social Security benefits are calculated Yahoo Finance - Thu, Mar 26, 2015 1:43 AM NZDT
    How Social Security benefits are calculated

    How does the government calculate Social Security? Yahoo Finance's Mandi Woodruff has the answer:

  • This Is the Best State for Retirement in 2015 The Fiscal Times - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 7:30 AM NZDT
    This Is the Best State for Retirement in 2015

    Wyoming may have the smallest population in the nation at the moment – but it may not stay that way if America’s retirees read a new report from The report ranks the Cowboy State as the best state for retirement in 2015. Wyoming also topped a retirement list issued last year by the National Institute for Retirement Security and a separate list by Wallet Hub looking at the best places to retire for members of the military. Wyoming topped the list due to its low cost of living, crime rate and low tax burden.

  • Working Americans to Benefit from Broader Retirement Income Assessment, as They Address Future Healthcare … Business Wire - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 4:59 AM NZDT

    Empower Retirement, the nation’s second-largest retirement services provider, today announced key findings from the firm’s 2015 Lifetime Income Score research, spearheaded by Empow

  • vWise's Retirement Plan Engagement Software Receives Superior Uptake and Usability Ratings in Independent … PR Newswire - Tue, Mar 24, 2015 2:22 AM NZDT

    ALISO VIEJO, Calif., March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- vWise Inc. today released highlights from its continuing research study of the effects of behavioral finance and its SmartPlanSM employee engagement solution that revealed significant improvement in the confidence that employees feel about their ability to achieve a successful retirement after using vWise's innovative solution. The study probed a range of frustrations felt by 256 plan participants regarding how they engage with their employer-sponsored retirement plan. Respondents were asked a series of questions that assessed their level of Retirement Readiness and the usability of the SmartPlan software.  Usability scores are based on a System Usability Scale (SUS) (Brooke, 1996)i widely used since 1982 to rank professionally designed user interfaces. SmartPlan scored an 83.5 among all users and 92.7 among users with access to a retirement plan — significantly higher than the 68.2% average score recorded for users engaging with all web applications.

  • 5 Money Moves to Help You Retire Sooner - Mon, Mar 23, 2015 11:30 PM NZDT
    5 Money Moves to Help You Retire Sooner

    Some smart planning and sacrifice now can pay off big later, when you're ready to retire . . . and may help you be prepared sooner than you think!

  • 3 in 5 want to retire somewhere else - Mon, Mar 23, 2015 11:00 PM NZDT

    The survey, which was conducted to help build Bankrate's "Best and Worst States to Retire" list, found that 73 percent of people between 18 and 29 would consider a move when it's time to stop working. Bankrate's first "Would you move in retirement?" survey was administered by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. The survey found that while a majority of white respondents and black respondents said they want to move for retirement, Hispanic respondents were less likely to say they want to relocate. For older Americans, stretching a fixed income is an especially big concern during retirement.

  • Retirement advice: Should I stay or should I go? - Mon, Mar 23, 2015 11:00 PM NZDT

    Retirement Are there financial benefits to moving in retirement? For many Americans, retirement is a dream that's set underneath the Arizona sun or alongside Florida's beaches. Wyoming, Colorado and Utah also get high marks for anyone looking to relocate in retirement, according to Bankrate's "Best States to Retire" list for 2015. Bankrate reached out to retirement expert Eric Kingson to sort this out.

  • Which do you value more, a vacation or an IRA? CNBC - Sat, Mar 21, 2015 5:22 AM NZDT
    Which do you value more, a vacation or an IRA?

    IRAs can't get any love from savers. A new survey finds only 8 percent of people named contributing to their IRA as their top savings priority.

  • How to Decide When to Retire US News - Sat, Mar 21, 2015 3:27 AM NZDT

    Retirement tends to occupy a growing percentage of our thoughts as we approach age 65 . But just because you reach a particular age does not mean you should automatically retire. Some people may feel the ...

  • Effective retirement planning begins early in life, says Atlantic Trust PR Newswire - Fri, Mar 20, 2015 4:00 AM NZDT

    ATLANTA, March 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Retirement should be a major planning objective, regardless of a person's stage of life, according to Atlantic Trust, the U.S. private wealth management division of CIBC (CM) (CM.TO). "Every person has the same ultimate goal: a successful retirement," says H. Arthur Graper, CFP, managing director for Atlantic Trust.

  • Young Americans, Retirees At Odds Over Retirement PR Newswire - Fri, Mar 20, 2015 12:00 AM NZDT

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill., March 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Uncertainty looms over young Americans who fear saving enough for a comfortable retirement, but current retirees are largely happy with the choices they've made - two thirds of retirees are living their dream retirement, according to the latest COUNTRY Financial Security Index survey. Among this group, nearly a third (31 percent) say that their retirement date is "not at all" in their control. About half (49 percent) of Americans feel not saving enough could be the greatest setback on their path to retirement. "Fear of the unknown is understandable, younger Americans may be jaded by the slow recession recovery and uncertainty surrounding social security," said Joe Buhrmann, manager of Financial Security Field Support.

  • 5 money mistakes that could wreck your second marriage Yahoo Finance - Thu, Mar 19, 2015 4:25 AM NZDT
    5 money mistakes that could wreck your second marriage

    Nearly one in five Americans get married twice or more times in their lives, according to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Here are common mistakes people make when they remarry.

  • A Retirement Guide for Her PR Newswire - Thu, Mar 19, 2015 3:29 AM NZDT

    WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- As we commemorate the countless women who beat the odds, shattered glass ceilings, and shaped history and society during Women's History Month, the fact remains that many women still face an uphill battle, including in preparing for a financially secure retirement. Women must overcome obstacles to reaching their retirement goals that don't exist for men, including longer life expectancy, shorter careers, lower pay, and a higher likelihood of living single during retirement. "As women, we face unique and sometimes overwhelming challenges when preparing for the retirement that we envision," says CFP Board's Consumer Advocate Eleanor Blayney, CFP®. "Men are typically well ahead of women in terms of financial security and the resources they bring into retirement.

  • TIAA-CREF Survey: Saving for Vacation a Priority for Three Times as Many as Saving in an IRA Business Wire - Thu, Mar 19, 2015 2:08 AM NZDT
    TIAA-CREF Survey: Saving for Vacation a Priority for Three Times as Many as Saving in an IRA

    In the fourth annual TIAA-CREF IRA survey, 24 percent of Americans said short-term savings, such as for a vacation or household appliances, is their first priority when deciding how to allocate savings.

  • City of El Paso plan re-commits to Prudential Retirement with 3-year contract Business Wire - Thu, Mar 19, 2015 2:00 AM NZDT

    Prudential Retirement announced today the City of El Paso, a Texas-based government-plan client, has recommitted its defined contribution plan to Prudential Retirement. Prudential Retirement is a business unit of Prudential Financial, Inc.

  • Here's one way not to fall short on retirement $$$ CNBC - Thu, Mar 19, 2015 12:30 AM NZDT
    Here's one way not to fall short on retirement $$$

    A new study says fewer Americans are at risk for falling short in retirement-provided they can meet certain conditions. Are you prepared?

  • April 1st is no joke for retirement account holders MarketWatch - Wed, Mar 18, 2015 11:01 PM NZDT
    April 1st is no joke for retirement account holders

    If you were born between July 1943 and June of 1944, you must start taking required minimum distributions from your retirement accounts by April 1 or risk a huge penalty.

  • File Social Security early to invest? - Wed, Mar 18, 2015 11:00 PM NZDT

    We live off my partial income and my husband's Social Security and retirement fund. I just recently started taking my Social Security payments early, with the intention of reinvesting the money in an individual retirement account, or IRA. I have an existing retirement fund, which is a guaranteed annuity. My goal is to save the Social Security money for the future.

  • New Mexico Educational Retirement Board Goes Live with V3 Upgrade PR Newswire - Wed, Mar 18, 2015 6:31 AM NZDT

    NEW YORK, March 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Vitech ® Systems Group, a leading provider of administration software to insurance, retirement, and investment organizations, announced today that the New Mexico ...

  • The strong dollar just made retiring abroad a lot cheaper Bloomberg - Wed, Mar 18, 2015 6:17 AM NZDT
    The strong dollar just made retiring abroad a lot cheaper

    For Americans abroad, the strong dollar is something to celebrate.

  • New York Life Retirement Plan Services Adds Participant Transaction Functionality to its Mobile App PR Newswire - Wed, Mar 18, 2015 3:47 AM NZDT

    WESTWOOD, Mass., March 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- New York Life Retirement Plan Services (New York Life), a leading provider of retirement plans to U.S. corporations and unions, today announced a key enhancement ...

  • 10 Questions to Measure Your Financial IQ US News - Wed, Mar 18, 2015 3:20 AM NZDT

    There's a storm of information and opinion that swirls around the Internet and the financial press concerning your retirement savings, and how to make sure you're financially secure after you leave the workforce. You can get more income from corporate bonds, municipal bonds, preferred stocks and high-dividend stocks.

  • The key law that impacts your retirement - Tue, Mar 17, 2015 11:00 PM NZDT

    One law underpins workplace retirement accounts and other benefits. It's called the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, or ERISA. Without it, workers could be stuck in a surreal retirement savings hell rife with injustice. For instance, highly paid executives could gorge themselves on lavish retirement benefits while offering nothing to the average worker.

  • Wake up! Your retirement is your problem - Tue, Mar 17, 2015 11:00 PM NZDT
    Wake up! Your retirement is your problem

    There is no magic wand that will instantly create a secure retirement for everyone. The fact of the matter is that Americans are responsible for creating their own financially stable retirement. Though Social Security keeps most seniors out of poverty, it provides a bare minimum of retirement income. The battle to secure consistent retirement income involves a two-pronged attack: Save a lot and work a long time.

  • Sokolic to Head Retirement Strategies for American Century Investments GlobeNewswire - Tue, Mar 17, 2015 4:38 AM NZDT

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- via PRWEB - American Century Investments has named Adam Sokolic senior vice president, Retirement Strategy and Services, a newly created position. In this role, he will work across ...

  • 7 Money Moves for the 5 Years Before Retirement US News - Tue, Mar 17, 2015 3:17 AM NZDT
    7 Money Moves for the 5 Years Before Retirement

    What you do in the five or 10 years before you retire can make a major difference in the quality of your life in retirement. No matter how much you have saved and prepared, you will still need to tick items off your retirement planning checklist. Take advantage of your last chance to improve your retirement portfolio. If you feel for any reason that your retirement portfolio will be inadequate for the retirement you hope to have -- or if you would like a little bit extra -- now is the time to make it happen.

  • Parents: Saving for retirement is more important than kids' college fund Yahoo Finance - Tue, Mar 17, 2015 3:12 AM NZDT
    Parents: Saving for retirement is more important than kids' college fund

    A T. Rowe Price survey found that most parents said they're willing to deplete their own retirement savings to pay for their children's college. Here's why that's a bad strategy.

  • A Purposeful Retirement Plan for 30-Somethings US News - Tue, Mar 17, 2015 2:22 AM NZDT

    According to a 2014 study conducted by Voya Financial, 21 percent of retirees reported having less than $50,000 in total savings, while only one-quarter had a formal financial plan or written budget. Identify retirement dreams and goals. Although retirement is likely years away for the younger set, think now about your retirement dreams and goals. Once you've thought about how you want to spend your time in retirement, it's important to make a plan on how to accomplish these goals.

  • Last-Minute Ways to Improve Your Retirement Finances US News - Tue, Mar 17, 2015 2:18 AM NZDT

    Here's how to fix your retirement finances after age 50. Workers age 50 and older can defer paying income tax on as much as $24,000 in a 401(k) and $6,500 in an individual retirement account, $7,000 more than younger workers are eligible to contribute to these retirement accounts. "It's not ideal, because $30,500 for a normal working family is a pretty big chunk of money," says Cathy Pareto, a certified financial planner and president of Cathy Pareto and Associates in Coral Gables, Florida. "People are selling their homes and moving to lower-cost areas and using the income to help finance their retirement," says Michael Stoll, a professor of public policy and urban planning at the University of California--Los Angeles.

  • Transamerica Retirement Solutions Announces March 17 Webinar for Financial Professionals on Retirement … PR Newswire - Tue, Mar 17, 2015 2:00 AM NZDT

    HARRISON, N.Y., March 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Transamerica Retirement Solutions announced today that it will host a webinar for financial advisors, consultants, and third party administrators that will provide insight on trends and government regulations impacting retirement plans. The webinar will highlight the U.S. Department of Labor's regulatory agenda and its impact on retirement plans and service providers, current investigative issues, the government's concern with distributions and rollovers as they relate to SEC and FINRA examinations, and how each of these issues impact 401(k) plans. The webinar's featured speaker is Fred Reish, an attorney and partner in Drinker Biddle's Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Group. Mr. Reish is a nationally known speaker on trends and legislation of retirement plans, and has spoken at the annual conferences of the American Bar Association, the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries, the Western Pension and Benefits Conference, the Enrollment Actuaries Conference, the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, and the National Institute of Pension Administrators.

  • A guide to not retiring The Wall Street Journal - Tue, Mar 17, 2015 1:36 AM NZDT
    A guide to not retiring

    Some people nearing retirement age simply don’t want to leave their jobs. But defying expectations can be difficult—in the office and at home.

  • The Free Money You Might Be Missing Out On - Mon, Mar 16, 2015 11:00 PM NZDT

    If your employer offers a 401(k) match, you'd be wise to figure out what you need to do to collect that available cash.

  • 5 Ways to Help Your Parents Retire - Mon, Mar 16, 2015 12:00 AM NZDT

    The people who taught you to walk and talk and kept you fed and sheltered may need some retirement planning help from you now.

  • 10 Strategies to Save for Retirement on a Low Income US News - Sat, Mar 14, 2015 8:30 AM NZDT
    10 Strategies to Save for Retirement on a Low Income

    The Senate Special Committee on Aging recently held a hearing about retirement preparedness, and witnesses shared ideas for encouraging saving. You can do this by setting up a direct deposit to a 401(k), IRA or other savings vehicle. "Automatic enrollment can be a powerful tool for increasing the number of Americans saving for retirement and other purposes," says Michal Grinstein-Weiss, an associate professor of social work at Washington University in St. Louis. Automatically increase your savings rate.

  • 5 Ways to Stay Strong in Retirement US News - Sat, Mar 14, 2015 3:57 AM NZDT
    5 Ways to Stay Strong in Retirement

    Since most people who retire at 65 can look forward to 20 or more years of retirement, we want to be healthy and strong enough to make the most of our second act. While we have no control over the genes we inherited or the unexpected circumstances we might encounter in retirement, we can still play a role in improving the quality of our retirement. Here are some strategies to maintain your physical and mental strength throughout retirement. Exercise and healthy living should be a lifetime commitment.

  • I asked three robots how I should invest, got three different answers Yahoo Finance - Sat, Mar 14, 2015 2:19 AM NZDT
    I asked three robots how I should invest, got three different answers

    With Schwab's entry into the automated investment business, so-called "robo-advisors" are arguing over the best way to run a portfolio. I checked with three to see how their advice for me stacked up.

  • The Retirement Savings Gap Between Haves and Have-Nots Is Getting Bigger Bloomberg - Fri, Mar 13, 2015 8:00 AM NZDT
    The Retirement Savings Gap Between Haves and Have-Nots Is Getting Bigger

    With the stock market up, the housing market largely recovered, and unemployment down, you'd think Americans would be in better shape to retire than they were in 2007. The opposite is true, according to a study released today by the National Institute on Retirement Security. While the value of 401(k) retirement savings accounts and IRAs hit a record high of $11.3 trillion at the end of 2013, the average American household isn't sharing in that wealth. While those of us lucky enough to have workplace retirement plans have benefited from the long bull market, a huge swath of America doesn't have retirement accounts such as 401(k)s or IRAs. Nearly 40 million working-age households don't have any retirement accounts, the report says.

  • Now Is the Best Time to Plan for Retirement PR Newswire - Fri, Mar 13, 2015 6:57 AM NZDT

    MISSION, Kan., March 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) It's easy to live for the moment and leave planning the future to another time. While one never knows exactly what the future may hold, the first step to planning is to envision your golden years now.

  • Retirement Savings Levels Continue to Worsen Business Wire - Fri, Mar 13, 2015 4:00 AM NZDT

    A new research report calculates that the U.S. retirement savings crisis continues to worsen, and that the typical working household still has virtually no retirement savings. When all households are included—not just households with retirement accounts—the median retirement account balance is $2,500.

  • The 100-Year-Old Portfolio: Investments for a Long Life US News - Fri, Mar 13, 2015 2:56 AM NZDT

    But for baby boomers heading into retirement in relatively good health and determined to stay that way, living to 100 is an increasingly likely possibility. "You think, I'll be old, active and I'll have money," says Jan Blakeley Holman, director of advisor education for Thornburg Investments, a money management firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The old notion was to stop working the day you turned 65 and coast quietly on a fixed income from a pension, Social Security and a few modest investments. A Pew Charitable Trusts March 2015 survey of 7,845 people, taken between Nov. 6 and Dec. 3 of last year, found that 53 percent of Americans expect to shift into a new type of work in retirement.

  • Don't Fall for These 5 Retirement Fallacies US News - Wed, Mar 11, 2015 3:24 AM NZDT

    For example, the 4 percent rule says you can safely spend 4 percent of your assets every year adjusted for inflation. Social Security will pay your bills. The average Social Security retirement benefit is $1,328 a month. The pundits have declared that inflation is dead, and now they worry about deflation -- an actual decline in the cost of living.

  • President Obama Validates Phil Cannella and Crash Proof Retirement PR Newswire - Wed, Mar 11, 2015 2:12 AM NZDT

    On February 23, 2015, President Barack Obama gave a speech at AARP headquarters in Washington, D.C. in which he bemoaned the lack of fiduciary duty and the rampant conflicts of interest that pervade Wall Street. Throughout the speech, President Obama repeated the same mantras heard for years on The Crash Proof Retirement Show. "After a lifetime of hard work, you should be able to retire with a sense of dignity and security," said President Obama. To accomplish this, President Obama proposed tougher standards on Wall Street advisors who do not operate under a fiduciary duty.

  • Leave super for retirement: Murray AAP - Tue, Mar 10, 2015 7:39 PM NZDT

    David Murray, the head of the financial system inquiry, does not believe superannuation savings should be used to buy property.

  • Lawmakers look to increase Oregonians' retirement savings AP - Tue, Mar 10, 2015 2:52 PM NZDT

    Democratic lawmakers are promoting legislation that would automatically enroll thousands of Oregon workers in retirement savings accounts, a move that proponents said Monday would help ensure nobody is ...

  • Author of “The Millionaire Next Door” dies — 7 key insights from his book Yahoo Finance - Tue, Mar 10, 2015 10:39 AM NZDT
    Author of “The Millionaire Next Door” dies — 7 key insights from his book

    Thomas Stanley, author of “The Millionaire Next Door,” died recently in Atlanta, Ga. Here are 7 key insights from his most popular book.

  • 4 Serious Retirement Plan Errors to Avoid US News - Tue, Mar 10, 2015 3:08 AM NZDT
    4 Serious Retirement Plan Errors to Avoid

    Tax-advantaged retirement plans provide many workers with a chance to save for the future and reduce their tax bill at the same time. Employer-sponsored retirement plans are easy to use, and many contributions are deducted from paychecks, so the investing becomes automatic. One of the biggest mistakes we make when planning for retirement is failing to set aside enough money. Contributing as much as you can to your tax-advantaged retirement plan will allow you to grow your wealth as efficiently as possible.

  • Should You Ever Tap Into Your 401K? - Tue, Mar 10, 2015 12:30 AM NZDT

    If you need to borrow money — and you have a significant amount in your 401(k) plan, is it ever smart to use it before retirement?

  • 3 Important Ways to Protect Your Retirement Savings US News - Sat, Mar 7, 2015 8:14 AM NZDT

    A recent report from President Obama's Council of Economic Advisors concluded that inappropriate investment advice is costing retirement savers $17 billion per year. Some investment brokers have a financial incentive to recommend the products and services that will make them the most money, rather than the investments that will produce the best outcome for the client. "There are also financial advisors who received back door payments and hidden fees for steering people into bad retirement investments that have high fees and low returns," said President Obama in a recent speech at AARP. If a retiree receives conflicted advice when rolling a 401(k) balance over to an IRA upon retirement he or she will lose an estimated 12 percent of the value of the account while drawing it down over 30 years.

  • How to Extend Your Retirement Honeymoon Period US News - Sat, Mar 7, 2015 4:13 AM NZDT

    The beginning of retirement can be wonderful. You have survived the rigors of the working world, raised a family and hopefully put aside enough to subsidize exactly the lifestyle you want . Now you can ...

  • Prudential Retirement Names New Head of Pension Risk Transfer Business Team Business Wire - Sat, Mar 7, 2015 3:00 AM NZDT

    Prudential Retirement, a business unit of Prudential Financial, Inc. , announced today that Scott Kaplan has been named Head of the Pension Risk Transfer Business Team, effective immediately.

  • People Lack Confidence in Having Enough Money to Live Comfortably During Retirment According to a U.S. … Business Wire - Fri, Mar 6, 2015 5:45 AM NZDT
    People Lack Confidence in Having Enough Money to Live Comfortably During Retirment According to a U.S. …

    More than half of retirement savers surveyed are not confident or are unsure whether they will have enough money to live comfortably throughout retirement according to a survey by U.S.

  • T. Rowe Price: Many Parents Short-Changing Their Retirement to Cover College Costs PR Newswire - Fri, Mar 6, 2015 5:32 AM NZDT

    BALTIMORE, March 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- T. Rowe Price's new Family Financial Trade-offs Survey revealed that parents are putting their own retirement security on the back-burner to support their kids' education and cover their own personal student loans. After T. Rowe Price's 2014 Parents, Kids & Money Survey found that 52% of parents said it was more important to save for their kids' college rather than their own retirement, the firm endeavored to further understand how families balance the competing priorities of saving for retirement and college. The survey is based on a national sample of 2,000 parents who have a retirement account with kids ages 15 and younger. Judith Ward, CFP®, a senior financial planner at T. Rowe Price, explains, "Parents are making a mistake when they don't prioritize their own retirement over college costs.

  • How to Make Your Retirement Income Last US News - Fri, Mar 6, 2015 3:19 AM NZDT
    How to Make Your Retirement Income Last

    Picture this: You've worked hard your entire life, saving diligently for retirement. A nationwide survey of 1,000 adults, released last month from TIAA-CREF, shows that although a majority of Americans understand the importance of receiving guaranteed monthly income in retirement, 38 percent, have analyzed how their savings would translate into a regular "paycheck" in their golden years. You only get one shot at retirement, and you need to get it right. This means that as you approach retirement, you'll move away from equities and start investing more in bonds, so as to lessen your overall risk.

  • Pension gender gap shrinking, but remains AAP - Thu, Mar 5, 2015 9:16 PM NZDT

    Women still face significantly bigger challenges to funding their retirement than men - but the pension gender gap is shrinking. According to an annual state of retirement report from LV=, women who have occupational or private pensions are reaching retirement with pots worth on average STG107,000. One in four (23 per cent) women approaching retirement has only the state pension to rely on, compared with less than one in 10 (nine per cent) of men, according to the study. The report warned that both sexes are facing a STG3,744-a-year shortfall between what they need to live on during their retirement and what they will actually have.

  • Shotover Country pursues retirement village operator Fuseworks - Thu, Mar 5, 2015 7:44 AM NZDT

    Shotover Country is actively pursuing an operator for a retirement village, in a bid to enable long term Wakatipu residents to remain in the district, rather than being forced to relocate to other areas. A 3.9ha site in the new residential subdivision, set aside for a retirement village, has been under offer to a New Zealand company with a track record for providing boutique retirement living. "While this is obviously disappointing we are hopeful that other suitable operators will approach us with a view to establishing the Wakatipu’s first retirement village," says Sharyn. More than 50 people are already on the Shotover Country database indicating they would sign up for a place in a retirement village at the earliest opportunity.

  • A To-Do List for the Year You Retire US News - Thu, Mar 5, 2015 4:08 AM NZDT
    A To-Do List for the Year You Retire

    Many people claim they don't earn enough to contribute the maximum amount to their retirement accounts, but the year leading up to retirement is the perfect time to stash away as much cash as you can. Or you could put the money in a Roth account and pay the tax now so that you can take tax-free withdrawals later on in retirement. Use this time to start trying out your retirement spending plan.

  • NFP Retirement Adds Five Consultants Business Wire - Thu, Mar 5, 2015 3:56 AM NZDT

    NFP Retirement, a division of NFP, a leading insurance broker and consultant that provides employee benefits, property & casualty, retirement, and individual insurance and weal

  • What to Do When Your 401(k) Doesn't Cut It US News - Thu, Mar 5, 2015 3:39 AM NZDT

    Yet there comes a juncture when any plan's investment formula must be questioned, and possibly retired in favor of something better. "Answering the question, 'What's the best allocation for me?' can be daunting," says Dirk Quayle, founder, president and board member of NextCapital, a digital advice firm based in Chicago. "A 401(k) plan to the new investor is much like putting a person into the cockpit of an airliner with no training," says Bijan Golkar, CEO, senior advisor and principal with FPC Investment Advisory in Petaluma, California. Before your autopilot 401(k) falls short of the retirement runway, it pays big to take the helm and enact course correction while there's still time.

  • Women Retire With Half The Pension Pot Men Get Sky News - Thu, Mar 5, 2015 2:05 AM NZDT
    Women Retire With Half The Pension Pot Men Get

    A new report has revealed the scope of the gender disparity in pension savings and income. Funding retirement remains a significant challenge for many women. According to the annual State of Retirement report by LV=, women who have occupational or private pensions reach retirement with pots worth on average £107,000. Nearly a quarter of women approaching retirement are set to rely solely on the state pension, which is currently a maximum of £113.10 per week.

  • 5 Ways to Boost Your Retirement Savings - Thu, Mar 5, 2015 1:30 AM NZDT

    Even if you are just beginning your career, it's not too soon to start saving for retirement. But how do you even start?

  • 1 in 5 Americans Plan to Work Till They Die Money Talks News - Wed, Mar 4, 2015 9:59 PM NZDT

    According to a new study from The Pew Charitable Trusts, 21 percent of Americans said retirement is not an option, and they’re going to spend their golden years toiling away at work. The report, which is based on information from focus groups and a survey of more than 7,000 households, also revealed that just 26 percent of Americans are planning a traditional retirement, where they leave their job and spend their days doing whatever they want. Some people really enjoy working and imagine working for a great deal longer, whereas the reluctance to retire for other people reflects their income and retirement savings shortfalls. Many people feel like all their money is going to making ends meet and having enough money to save for retirement seems like a stretch.

  • Women Face Poorer Retirement, Research Shows Sky News - Wed, Mar 4, 2015 9:43 PM NZDT
    Women Face Poorer Retirement, Research Shows

    A new report has revealed the scope of the gender disparity in pension savings and income. Funding retirement remains a significant challenge for many women. According to the annual State of Retirement report by LV=, women who have occupational or private pensions reach retirement with pots worth on average £107,000. Nearly a quarter of women approaching retirement are set to rely solely on the state pension, which is currently a maximum of £113.10 per week.

  • Heffernan Retirement Services named a finalist for the 2015 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser Team … PR Newswire - Wed, Mar 4, 2015 7:58 AM NZDT

    SAN FRANCISCO, March 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --  Heffernan Retirement Services , a division of Heffernan Insurance Brokers, has been named a finalist for the 2015 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser Team ...

  • Lincoln Financial Names New Senior Business Development Director on Institutional Retirement Distribution … Business Wire - Wed, Mar 4, 2015 6:48 AM NZDT

    Lincoln Financial Group’s Retirement Plan Services business today announced that Shawn Daly has been named Senior Business Development Director on its Institutional Retirement Distribution team.

  • Beautiful Places To Retire Beyond The Sunshine State Benzinga - Wed, Mar 4, 2015 5:46 AM NZDT

    When considering where to retire, many criteria come to mind, including noise pollution, proximity of shopping and grocery centers, cost of living, age demographics and crime rate. While there are certain ...

  • New Report Finds 86 Percent of Americans Believe Nation Faces Retirement Crisis Business Wire - Wed, Mar 4, 2015 2:30 AM NZDT

    A new nationwide public opinion research report finds that an overwhelming majority of Americans – 86 percent – believe that the nation faces a retirement crisis. Nearly 75 percent of Americans are concerned about their ability to achieve a secure retirement, and support for steady and reliable retirement income from a pension is high and growing.

  • Roll Call: Fidelity Selected by Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Arizona University System as Workplace Retirement … Business Wire - Wed, Mar 4, 2015 2:30 AM NZDT

    Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of workplace retirement plans for not-for-profit higher education institutions, today announced it has been chosen as the exclusive retirement savings provider by University of Notre Dame and Vanderbilt University and Medical Center.


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