Entries by mbeals

11/22/2013 – Expanding Social Security (New York Times)

For many years there has been one overwhelming rule for people who wanted to be considered serious inside the Beltway. It was this: You must declare your willingness to cut Social Security in the name of “entitlement reform.” It wasn’t really about the numbers, which never supported the notion that Social Security faced an acute […]

11/21/2013 – Work, Women and Caregiving (New York Times)

Trying to hold onto a job while caring for a family member is a tough juggling act. Caregivers sometimes have to arrive late or leave early, cut back to part-time work, and decline travel or promotions. For women, these competing responsibilities may prove particularly perilous, a study recently published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology […]

11/12/2013 – Fewer workers participating in company retirement plans, report says (L.A.Times)

The percentage of U.S. workers who participate in their employers’ retirement plans slipped to 39% in 2012, according to a report by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Despite the tax savings and long-term benefits of stashing pre-tax money in retirement plans, the majority of workers fail to take advantage of employer-sponsored programs, such as 401(k) […]