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Retirement

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Top Retirement Articles

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  • Why converting 401(k) to annuities requires new mindset

    Why converting 401(k) to annuities requires new mindset
    Are we hard-wired to shun certain retirement investments? Some new research suggests so, and that has implications as the government gives the green light to annuities in 401(k)s and IRAs. In a research brief for the Center for Retirement Research...
  • Early withdrawals from retirement account chip away at savings

    Early withdrawals from retirement account chip away at savings
    The deadline for contributing to an individual retirement account for 2014 is April 15. Write the check, and you'll be taking a step toward setting up a secure retirement. At least that's the idea. But a recent study from the Center for Retirement...
  • Middle-class tax breaks are hard to find

    Middle-class tax breaks are hard to find
    As tax-time comes around again, many people are left wondering: Where are all the middle-class tax breaks? When it comes to taxation of wages -- ordinary income -- there are few places to hide. And that's painfully apparent this time of year, when...
  • How to help a family member with mental illness

    How to help a family member with mental illness
    Dear Liz: My son, who is almost 50, is mentally and emotionally challenged. He has been unemployed and homeless for years. Although not a criminal, he's been in jail a few times because of his explosive, combative nature. There seems to be no help for him...
  • Top Republican lawmakers optimistic about Springfield reforms

    Top Republican lawmakers optimistic about Springfield reforms
    Illinois' top Republican legislative leaders expressed optimism for financial reform in Springfield during a stop April 1 at the Plymouth Place Senior Living center in LaGrange Park. "After 13 years of one-party rule, we were in a really bad spot," said...
  • Military coalition divides over compensation reforms

    The Military Coalition can make Congress tremble from time to time by presenting a united front of millions of members from more than 30 military associations and veterans' service organizations in support of, or opposition to, legislation impacting...
  • Should brokers be held to higher standards like lawyers or other financial professionals?

    Should brokers be held to higher standards like lawyers or other financial professionals?
    Susan Bernardo trusted her stockbroker. She wound up losing a fortune. Her broker, David Harris, advised her to sell $400,000 worth of relatively safe municipal bonds, she says, and sink the proceeds into real estate and energy partnerships in hopes of...
  • State job doesn't guarantee retirement security

    State job doesn't guarantee retirement security
    Dear Liz: After many years of unemployment, I finally got a full-time position. It is a state job with a pension. How much do I need to save for retirement? Can I focus on paying off debt and saving for college, and trust I will be OK in retirement?...
  • Four Magic Years As Malloy's Commissioner Nearly Tripled Ex-Legislator's Pension

    Four Magic Years As Malloy's Commissioner Nearly Tripled Ex-Legislator's Pension
    It's a fine thing to be appointed by the governor as head of a state agency, because you can expect to serve four years or more at an annual salary typically from $130,000 to $180,000. But it's finer still if, prior to being appointed, you've already...
  • The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund sets a good example

    In “Does it make sense to move state workers into 401(k) plans?” (Perspective, March 11), by Tribune columnists Eric Zorn and Kristen McQueary, McQueary’s argument against defined benefit pension plans mistakenly calls the Illinois...
  • Onus is on you to get Social Security benefits you deserve

    Onus is on you to get Social Security benefits you deserve
    Many good books have been written about getting the most out of Social Security, and I have reviewed several of them. Add a new title to the shelf: "Get What's Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security" by Laurence Kotlikoff, Philip Moeller...