(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Retirement Withdrawal Strategies: Which Should You Use?

Via NerdWallet By Andrea Coombes It’d be nice if saving for retirement was all we had to do. Turns out, we also need to decide on the best way to pull out our savings once we retire. Luckily, smart people have come up with a variety of tactics to stretch our savings for the long haul. Read on to review some of the most popular … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Retirement Withdrawal Strategies: Which Should You Use?

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): IRS Raises 401(k), IRA Contribution Limits for 2019

Via ThinkAdvisor By Marlene Satter The IRS has announced in Notice 2018-83 new cost-of-living adjustments that affect dollar limitations for defined contribution plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2019. Those contributing to 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan will be able to boost their contribution from $18,500 to $19,000. IRA contributions, not raised since 2013, will now be $6,000, … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): IRS Raises 401(k), IRA Contribution Limits for 2019

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Need to Change Your Name on Your Social Security Card?

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Are you changing your name? If so, let Social Security know so we can update your information, send you a corrected card, and make sure you get the benefits you’ve earned. To change your name on your card, you must show us documents proving your legal name change and identity. If you are a U.S. citizen, you … Continue reading Need to Change Your Name on Your Social Security Card?

Data Analysis Reveals that Millions of Households with Seniors Rely on SNAP to Stave Off Hunger

Via Food Research & Action Center By Emily Pickren One in 10 households with seniors (age 60+) participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), on average each year between 2012–2016. This is according to U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed in interactive tools released today by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), in collaboration with AARP Foundation. These first-of-their-kind interactive maps and accompanying tables … Continue reading Data Analysis Reveals that Millions of Households with Seniors Rely on SNAP to Stave Off Hunger

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): AK Steel transfers $280 million in pension liabilities with group annuity purchase

Via Pensions&Investments By Rob Kozlowski AK Steel Corp., West Chester, Ohio, purchased a group annuity contract from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. to transfer about $280 million in pension liabilities, spokeswoman Lisa H. Jester said in an email. The transaction took place this month, according to a 10-Q filing with the SEC on Friday. AK Steel transferred the liabilities of about 5,400 retirees and beneficiaries to the … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): AK Steel transfers $280 million in pension liabilities with group annuity purchase

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Western Pennsylvania Teamsters fund seeks benefit reductions

Via Pensions & Investments By Hazel Bradford Western Pennsylvania Teamsters and Employers Pension Fund, Pittsburgh, applied for permission to reduce benefits to remain solvent, according to the Treasury Department website listing applications under the Kline-Miller Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014. As of Jan. 1, 2017, the pension fund had $718.4 million in assets and $2.2 billion in liabilities, according to its most recent Form 5500; it … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Western Pennsylvania Teamsters fund seeks benefit reductions

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Pension crisis worries mid-state retirees

Via Fox17 By Nikki Junewicz It’s a looming crisis set to impact one million American workers, including thousands in middle Tennessee: pension cuts. This weekend local union members came together to talk about what they’re going to do if or when the pension plans they’ve been paying into for decades run out. “I do feel it’s a betrayal, and it strikes me as particularly un-American … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Pension crisis worries mid-state retirees