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Mark Miller

Column: Illinois budget debate raises key questions on taxing retirement income

Feb 28 2019

CHICAGO Greetings from Illinois, a state that never tops the rankings of places to retire. We have one of the great American cities, but also polar vortexes and an enormous state budget deficit - and now there is renewed talk about taxing retirement income to help close the gap.

How personal finance guru Jill Schlesinger got smart about money

Feb 21 2019

CHICAGO Jill Schlesinger got her start on Wall Street, and that is where she learned a lot of what she knows about the financial world. But she has built a career dishing out personal finance advice by pulling back the curtain on myths about investing, and showing how average people can make a solid plan for retirement.

COLUMN-Questions, worries swirl around U.S. Social Security

Feb 14 2019

CHICAGO, Feb 14 Social Security is one of those topics that spark a lot of questions. The system has some complexities, but people are curious for a simple reason: Social Security is our universal retirement program. Nearly all of us pay into it and have a stake in its future. And right now, we all have reasons to be concerned.

Medicare Part D no match for runaway specialty drug costs: study

Feb 07 2019

CHICAGO When Medicare prescription drug insurance was created in 2003, the idea that beneficiaries with very high drug costs should pick up 5 percent of the tab seemed reasonable - but that was well before specialty drugs were invented that carry price tags in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Social Security expansion to get serious hearing in U.S. House

Jan 31 2019

CHICAGO The idea that Social Security benefits should be expanded - not cut - is going mainstream.

How to finish Jack Bogle's revolution in saving for retirement

Jan 24 2019

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

COLUMN-Finding the bright side in a graying U.S. workforce

Jan 17 2019

CHICAGO, Jan 17 Economists call it the "old-age dependency ratio" - a rough measure of the balance between people who work and retirees.

Are age-based funds protecting U.S. investors close to retirement?

Jan 11 2019

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

The push to improve working conditions for U.S. caregivers

Dec 20 2018

CHICAGO Ai-jen Poo wants to transform caregiving into real work.

A higher Social Security retirement age comes with risks for many workers

Dec 13 2018

CHICAGO Is it time to raise the Social Security retirement age? The idea crops up often as a partial fix for the long-term financial challenges facing the program.

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