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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.

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.

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."

Younger Americans embrace value of unbiased financial advice

CHICAGO Newly empowered Republicans in Washington are not retreating from their battle to overturn a new regulation that protects retirement savers from conflicted investment advice. But for the public, the battle is winding down - and the regulators are winning.

Column: Heading off a housing crisis for U.S. seniors

CHICAGO Debates about improving America’s infrastructure typically focus on projects like bridges, roads, railroads and power grids. But with President-Elect Donald Trump calling for $1 trillion in infrastructure spending over the next 10 years, here is an item that should be added to that list: affordable housing for seniors.

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Democrats pick Perez to lead party against Trump

ATLANTA U.S. Democrats elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as chairman on Saturday, choosing a veteran of the Obama administration to lead the daunting task of rebuilding the party and heading the opposition to Republican President Donald Trump. | Video