Are you beginning to plan for retirement, in the process of retiring or already in the midst of your encore time in life? SLA would like you to have a place to stay connected with each other AND to share our experiences, ideas, and strategies on this next exciting chapter of our lives. Take a look of what we have so far and share your ideas/news/thoughts on the blog or in the taxonomy already started. Note: This wiki is no longer being maintained, please see Encore.sla.org which is the caucus website.
Last changed May 15, 2011 12:40 by susan fifer canby
Financial security in retirement doesn't just happen.
*Fewer than half of Americans have calculated how much they need to save for retirement.
If you are already saving, whether for retirement or another goal, keep going! You know that saving is a rewarding habit. If you're not saving, it's time to get started. Start small if you have to increase the amount you save each month. The sooner you start saving, the more time your money has to grow. Make saving for retirement a priority. Devise a plan, stick to it, and set goals. Remember, it's never too early or too late to start saving.
Retirement is inexpensive. Experts estimate that you will need about 70 percent of your preretirement income - lower earners, 90 percent or more - to maintain your standard of living when you stop working. Take charge of your financial future. The key to a secure retirement is to plan ahead. Start by requesting. "Savings Fitness: A guide to Your Financial Future" and, for those near retirement, "Taking the Mystery Out of Retirement Planning."
If your employer offers a retirement savings plan, such as a 401(k) plan, sign up and contribute all you can. Your taxes will be lower, your company may kick in more, and automatic deductions make it easy. Over time, compound interest and tax deferrals make a big difference in the amount you will accumulate. Find out about your plan. For example, how much would you need to contribute to get the full employer contribution and how long would you need to stay in the plan to get your money.
If your employer has a traditional pension plan, check to see if you are covered by the plan and understand how it works. Ask for an individual benefit statement to see what your benefit is worth. Before you change jobs, find out what will happen to your pension benefit. Learn what benefits you may have from a previous employer. Find out if you will be entitled to benefits from your spouse's plan. For more information, request What You Should Know about Your Retirement Plan.
How you save can be an important as how much you save. Inflation and the type of investments you make play important roles in how much you'll have saved at retirement. Know how your savings or pension plan is invested. Learn about your plan's investment options and ask questions. Put your savings in different types of investments. By diversifying this way, you are more likely to reduce risk and improve return. Your investment mix may change over time depending on a number of factors such as your age, goals, and financial circumstances. Financial Security and knowledge go hand in hand.
If you withdraw your retirement savings now, you'll ose principal and interest and you may lose tax benefits or have to pay withdrawal penalties. If you change jobs, leave leave your savings invested in your current retirement plan, or roll tem over to an IRA or your new employer's plan.
If your employer doesn't offer a retirement plan, suggest that it start one. There are a number of retirement savings plan options available. Your employer may be able to set up a simplified plan that can help both you and your employer. For more information, request a copy of Choosing a Retirement Solution for Your Small Business.
You can put up to $5,000 a year into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA); you can contribute even more if you are 50 or over. You can also start with much less. IRAs also provide tax advantages.
When you open an IRA, you have two options - a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA. The tax treatment of your contributions and withdrawals will depend on which option you select. Also, the after-tax value of your withdrawal will depend on inflation and the type of IRA you choose. IRAs can provide an easy way to save. You can set it up so that an amount is automatically deducted from your checking or savings account and deposited in the IRA.
Social Security pays benefits that are on average equal to about 40 percent of what you earned before retirement. You should receive a Social Security Statement each year that gives you an estimate of how much your benefit will be and when you can receive it. For more information, visit the Social Security Administration's Web site or call 1.800.772.1213.
While these tips are meant to point you in the right direction, you'll need more information. Read Department of Labor Publications. Talk to your employer, your bank, your union, or a financial adviser. Ask questions and make sure you understand the answers. Get practical advice and act now.
While these tips are meant to point you in the right direction, you'll need more information. Read our publications listed below. Talk to your employer, your bank, your union, or a financial adviser. Ask questions and make sure you understand the answers. Get practical advice and act now.
To find out more, call the Employee Benefits Security Administration at 1.866.444.3272 and request the following brochures:
Savings Fitness: A Guide to Your Money and Your Financial Future
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The Economist: Special Report on Pensions
Falling short - People in rich countries are living longer.
Source: beSpacific, Apr 10, 2011
Last changed Mar 26, 2011 21:12 by Sharon Lenius
Retirement Confidence Survey 2011
The 2011 Retirement Confidence Survey: Confidence Drops to Record Lows, Reflecting "the New Normal"
The 2011 Retirement Confidence Survey: Confidence Drops to Record Lows, Reflecting "the New Normal", by Ruth Helman, Mathew Greenwald & Associates, and Craig Copeland and Jack VanDerhei, Employee Benefit Research Institute, March 2011"The 21st wave of the Retirement Confidence Survey (RCS) finds that Americans' confidence in their ability to afford a comfortable retirement has plunged to a new low at the same time that the recent declines in other retirement confidence indicators appear to be stabilizing. Instead of making fundamental adjustments to their spending and saving patterns in response to the decline in confidence, workers continue to change their expectations about how they will transition from work to retirement in what has been called an age of "the new normal."
Source: beSpacific Mar 15, 2011
Retiremen, affordable, "new normal"
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Last changed Mar 08, 2011 16:25 by susan fifer canby
Thank you to all of you who voted to update our caucus name to Encore. It is now officially changed.
82.5% agreed we needed to refresh our name. To see the results of the survey monkey vote done last month, please click on:
Join us at our annual meeting in Philadelphia on Tuesday June 14th from 10-11 am, to hear Stephen Abram address us: The New Retiree: Connected and Social: Stereotypes of retirees are rarely, if ever, true. Stephen Abram, contributing author to the book Boomers & Beyond (ALA Editions 2010), will share some of the expected changes in the post, post WW2 generation retired cohort. What technologies do they prefer - or not? What information and reading choices will they or are they making? What are the opportunities for a full and long retirement?
Following his talk,11:00-11:30 am we will convene a business meeting with the following agenda (please advise if you have items to add):
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Special Report on Pensions - The Economist