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Chart of the Week: 401(k)s Fueling Economic Inequality

After the Boeing machinists’ historic and close vote recently, the debate around retirement security continues. With the approval of their next contract to build the 777x here in Washington state, backed-in Boeing machinists voted to eliminate their pensions by 2016

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Watch: Social Security’s Role in Solving the Retirement Income Crisis

“We are not going to balance the budget on the backs of the elderly, the children, working families, the sick and the poor. We’re not going to do that.” – Senator Bernie Sanders Today, John Burbank, EOI executive director, and

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Is it time for mandatory retirement contributions in the U.S.?

It is no surprise we’re facing a retirement crisis in the making. American workers aren’t saving for retirement – most often, because they simply can’t. Some states (California, most recently) have taken concrete and proactive steps to dealing with this issue. Others

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Straight Facts on Social Security 2013

Straight Facts on Social Security 2013

May 31, 2013

Social Security is far more than a retirement program Social Security is the bedrock of economic security for millions of children, workers and retired Americans. During recessions, Social Security benefits help stabilize communities everywhere. Social Security provides benefits to 57

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Why aren’t people saving for retirement? Because they can’t.

A generation ago, just one-third of working Americans weren’t able to save enough for their future retirement. Today more than half of American workers over 30 are on track to be unprepared for retirement, and more reliant on family members

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It turns out nearly all Americans love Social Security

At a time when people are increasingly worried about retirement – both their own and the retirement of their parents and grandparents – a new poll shows the vast majority of Americans support higher taxes to increase Social Security benefits.

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401k fees eat money like moths in a sweater drawer – but not for much longer

New fee disclosure requirements for 401k plans are just around the corner – that’s good news for everyone who wants to save You can’t see them easily, but chances are they’re eating away at the money you’ve been putting away

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Retirement plan fees eat up almost 1/3 of household savings

Recent research shows the average American household could be paying as much as $155,000 in fees for retirement plans over their lifetime – a surprisingly large bite out of retirement savings. Think that’s bad? Here’s the kicker: the majority of

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Social Security now providing online benefit statements

Since the 1980s, Social Security statements have been mailed annually to all workers 25 and older. So if you’re a worker – and over the age of 25 – maybe you’ve been wondering where your Social Security benefit statement is.

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Time to change the Social Security conversation to include moms, students, kids

A new column by Michael Hiltzik in today’s LA Times demolishes the “sky is falling” critics of Social Security and makes a compelling case for increasing benefits for low-income workers, and expanding coverage to include mothers, students and dependents who

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