(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Buying Your Dream Retirement Home – Think Before You Leap

Via Kiplinger By Lisa Brown It happens every summer: Clients return from a spectacular vacation and tell me they’ve found their dream retirement home. Many people nearing retirement have long envisioned buying or building a home on the ocean or with scenic mountain views. While some have visited their idyllic spot over several years and mapped out a plan, others become enamored after only a … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Buying Your Dream Retirement Home – Think Before You Leap

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project) Michigan Sheet Metal Workers Pension Applies for Benefits Cuts

Via AI-CIO By Michael Katz The trustees of the Sheet Metal Workers Pension Fund of Troy, Michigan, have reapplied for approval from the US Department of Treasury of a proposed suspension of benefits. The fund’s actuaries have estimated that as of May 1, 2019, the pension is only 40.6% funded, and is projected to become insolvent in the plan year beginning May 1, 2033. According … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project) Michigan Sheet Metal Workers Pension Applies for Benefits Cuts

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): America’s Largest Musicians’ Union Announces Pension Cuts

Via WBOI By Jeff Lunden Trustees of the American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund (AFM-EPF) announced the evening of May 24 that they will apply to the U.S. Treasury for a reduction in member benefits, due to the AFM-EPF’s “critical and declining” status – meaning the fund is projected to run out of money in 20 years. The AFM represents 80,000 professionals in … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): America’s Largest Musicians’ Union Announces Pension Cuts

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Michigan can say ‘thank u, Ariana Grande’; Her hit ‘7 Rings’ boosts state pension funds

Via Lansing State Journal By Carol Thompson Michigan pensioners get a little boost every time Ariana Grande’s chart-topping song “7 Rings” hits the airwaves. That’s good news for the more than 530,000 people tied to the state’s pension programs, most of which are not fully funded. There isn’t a direct line between “7 Rings” to pensioners’ pockets, but it’s pretty close. Here’s the connection: In the song, Grande puts … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Michigan can say ‘thank u, Ariana Grande’; Her hit ‘7 Rings’ boosts state pension funds

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): A Working-Class Program that Works to Solve Your Pension Problems

By Sandra Wisnewski, Director of the Mid-America Pension Rights Project at Elder Law of Michigan The Mid-America Pension Rights Project (MAPRP) assists clients with pe­nsion and 401(k) issues. There are no age or income restrictions and there is never a charge for services. The Pension Project works to find answers and solutions to your pension-related problem.  Sometimes retirees are notified after retirement that the monthly … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): A Working-Class Program that Works to Solve Your Pension Problems

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Trump Treasury Backtracks On Lump-Sum Pension Rules Meant To Protect Retirees

Via Forbes.com By Ashlea Ebeling The Treasury Department told off employers back in 2015: Lump-sum pension buyouts for retirees already in payout status are a no-no. In practice, employers stopped offering them, per Notice 2015-49, despite the fact that proposed and temporary rules never came out. Now, in a Trump-era twist, the Treasury Department has backtracked with Notice 2019-18, a retraction of intent to propose regulations on the topic: … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Trump Treasury Backtracks On Lump-Sum Pension Rules Meant To Protect Retirees

So, You’re Retired but Don’t Have Enough Money to Be Retired. Now What?

Via Barrons.com By Elizabeth White I never thought it would happen to me. All my life—working at the World Bank, getting my M.B.A. at Harvard Business School, starting my own retail company—I thought of retirement as golfing in Florida (not that I really wanted to). Even after my business failed—taking most of my savings with it—I bounced back. I reinvented myself as a consultant and … Continue reading So, You’re Retired but Don’t Have Enough Money to Be Retired. Now What?

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Scams cheat older Americans out of almost $3 billion a year.

Via CNBC By Maggie Fitzgerald Seniors lose an estimated $2.9 billion annually from financial exploitation, according to the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Impersonating the IRS was the No. 1 scam targeting seniors in 2018. More than 1,500 seniors across the country contacted the committee’s fraud hotline in 2018; however, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in recent testimony that only 1 in every 24 … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Scams cheat older Americans out of almost $3 billion a year.

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): More plans looking to hang on to assets of departing workers

Via Pensions&Investments By Margarida Correia Employees may leave their jobs but the money in their retirement plans can stay. That’s the thinking among a growing number of defined contribution plan sponsors, particularly those running large plans, recent studies from Alight Solutions and Callan LLC show. With baby boomers retiring, plan sponsors would rather not see their assets “walk out the door” as it could compromise their ability … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): More plans looking to hang on to assets of departing workers

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(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Mr. K’s Story

By Sandra Wisnewski, Director of the Mid-America Pension Rights Project  The Mid-America Pension Rights Project (MAPRP) assists clients with pension and 401(k) issues. There are no age or income restrictions, and there is never a charge for the services. The MAPRP works to find answers and solutions to your pension-related problems. Just ask Mr. K.  Mr. K. worked for a company located in Michigan and was a member of a union. He left the company in … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Mr. K’s Story