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Mark Miller

Key retirement policy issues are on the ballot in U.S. election

Oct 02 2020

(The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.)

Column: Trump tax deferral poses a bigger threat to Social Security than you might think

Aug 13 2020

CHICAGO What happens to Social Security if we eliminate its funding? 

Column: Keep Social Security and Medicare reform out in daylight where we can all watch

Jul 31 2020

CHICAGO Charlie Rich, the late country music singer and songwriter, had it right when he crooned this famous line: “Oh, no one knows what goes on behind closed doors.” We need to remind Congress of the truth of that line as it tries to push a plan to negotiate changes to Social Security and Medicare as part of its latest pandemic relief bill.

Column: U.S. rule could halt social investing in 401(k) plans in its tracks

Jul 23 2020

CHICAGO The idea of using investments to promote environmental and social causes has grown quickly in recent years, and retirement plans looked like the next frontier - until the Trump administration weighed in last month.

Column: What would private equity funds in 401(k)s mean for retirement savers?

Jun 12 2020

CHICAGO Employer retirement plans are not known for their flashy investments - a majority of 401(k) investors these days use target date funds that invest in broad, diversified equity and fixed income mutual funds that automatically rebalance to minimize risk as retirement approaches.

Column: What COVID-19 is teaching us about how to reform Medicare

May 28 2020

CHICAGO The COVID-19 pandemic has put a bright spotlight on weaknesses in many of the systems designed to protect Americans from risks. But with older people more susceptible to serious illness and death from the virus, the problems in our Medicare system that were evident pre-pandemic have come into especially sharp relief.

COLUMN-What COVID-19 is teaching us about how to reform Medicare

May 28 2020

By Mark Miller CHICAGO The COVID-19 pandemic has put a bright spotlight on weaknesses in many of the systems designed to protect Americans from risks. But with older people more susceptible to serious illness and death from the virus, the problems in our Medicare system that were evident pre-pandemic have come into especially sharp relief.

Column: Dropping Medicare age to 60? No more than a start in the right direction

Apr 16 2020

CHICAGO In what now seems like a galaxy far, far away, Republican lawmakers routinely talked up the idea of raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67. In fact, we were in that galaxy just three years ago.

Column: How the $2 trillion U.S. coronavirus relief bill impacts retirement savers

Mar 27 2020

CHICAGO The $2 trillion economic stimulus package racing toward passage in the U.S. Congress contains several important relief provisions for retirees, and for younger workers saving for retirement.

Already retired, or close to it? How to think about volatility in perilous times

Mar 19 2020

CHICAGO The breathtaking coronavirus-induced plunge of the stock market has unnerved retirement investors of all ages, but it poses special risks for people close to, or already retired. Unlike younger workers with many years ahead of earning and saving, older investors are less able to fall back on income from work and may have less ability to wait out their losses.

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