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Mark Miller

Mar 23 2017

Column: Ten-fold gain in retirement saving? No thanks, say Republicans

CHICAGO At the risk of stating the obvious: People are much more likely to save for retirement when they can do it automatically at work. How much more likely? Ten times, according to a study released this week.

Mar 16 2017

Column -Republican health reform is the real disaster for older Americans

CHICAGO The Republican leadership in Washington says Obamacare is an imploding disaster. But if your income is low and your age is high, the real disaster is the repeal-and-replace healthcare reform bill on offer from U.S. President Donald Trump and House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan.

Mar 16 2017

Column: Republican health reform is the real disaster for older Americans

CHICAGO The Republican leadership in Washington says Obamacare is an imploding disaster. But if your income is low and your age is high, the real disaster is the repeal-and-replace healthcare reform bill on offer from U.S. President Donald Trump and House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan.

Mar 09 2017

Column: Threatened pension cuts will test Trump ties to U.S. Rust Belt voters

CHICAGO Karen Friedman has been traveling the country speaking at meetings of retired union members - and they are angry. What riles them is the prospect of deep cuts in promised pension benefits, and they are hoping for relief from President Donald Trump.

Mar 01 2017

Column: The dangers of cutting future retirement benefits for the young

CHICAGO President Donald Trump outlined a budget plan this week that steers clear of cuts to Social Security and Medicare. That will not sit well with congressional Republicans and some Trump Cabinet members, who think both programs are pushing the government toward financial collapse and want to shrink them.

Feb 23 2017

Why living longer should not lead to retirement benefit cuts

CHICAGO When you hear a politician start a sentence with the phrase "We’re all living longer," grab your wallet. You are about to be told that Social Security or Medicare benefits should be cut because of America’s rising longevity.

Feb 17 2017

The facts about Social Security, Medicare may surprise you

(In this Feb. 2 story, changes the description of taxes to payroll from property in paragraph 8)

Feb 16 2017

States' rights? Not so much, when it comes to retirement savings

The Republican-controlled Congress took aim this week at states that are creating retirement saving programs for workers who do not already have 401(k)s through their jobs. Seven states - including populous California, Illinois and Maryland - are implementing government-sponsored auto-IRA plans, and another 30 are considering their own, according to AARP, which has been supporting and tracking the initiatives.

Feb 09 2017

Why go back to junk food diet for retirement investors?

WASHINGTON Let’s hear it for unhealthy retirement advice!

Jan 26 2017

Advice or selling? Why language matters in U.S. fiduciary battle

CHICAGO The marketing come-ons of broker-dealers and insurance companies send this message: "We are financial advisers you can trust." But dig through court documents and the same companies argue something quite different: "We are just sales people."

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