Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Monday, January 06, 2014 2:00 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

If your former employer offers to buy out your pension, would you take the deal?

Thursday, November 07, 2013 6:19 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Public pensions don’t appear to be the budget wreckers that critics would have us believe.

Friday, March 01, 2013 2:15 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

A whopping 84 percent of Americans say everyone should have a pension. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Friday, November 09, 2012 12:29 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

The retirement industry provides good and bad news this week. Let’s focus on the good news.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 5:02 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

New rules require local public entities to make clear to taxpayers how much they owe for pensions vs. how much money is available. Get ready for the shortfall.

Friday, June 22, 2012 5:00 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Influential policymakers and execs in the retirement industry say America is in a retirement crisis.

Tags: 401k, pensions
Friday, April 06, 2012 6:00 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

If you’re lucky enough to work for state or local government, you might think you don’t have to worry so much about retirement planning since you’ve likely been promised a pension. But in recent years, troubles have been brewing among public pension plans all around the country.

In the last week alone, Plansponsor.com reported problems with three state plans:

New Hampshire: The House of Representatives approved a proposal to put an end to pension plans for public workers and instead offers a 401(k)-type plan. Facing a funding shortfall of $4.1 billion-plus for retirement and medical benefits, last year the legislature raised the retirement age at which future workers would qualify for benefits and increased employee contributions to their pension.

Friday, July 29, 2011 4:14 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Pensions have been in the news a lot lately, from reports about lackadaisical planning to the continued erosion of defined benefit plans to the prospect of federal pensions being entangled in the debt ceiling/budget-cutting drama in Washington. On the lighter side, Fidelity Investments released a survey this week highlighting the problem of ignorance among pension

Thursday, July 21, 2011 2:57 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Keeping up financially with our retired parents could prove to be an impossible challenge for many Americans, especially as we swallow the reforms that will help the country avoid default. Look at it this way, let’s say your parents have a $40,000┬áper year pension — not an unusual, or even particularly generous, number for many

Thursday, July 14, 2011 10:52 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The disappearance of old-fashioned pensions is changing the way we think about retirement and how we pay for it. Prudential Retirement examined the financial impact of having a defined-contribution plan like a 401(k) compared to having a defined-benefit pension, which is the old-fashioned kind. I found Prudential’s conclusions troubling because they confirm the difficulty that

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