Retirement columnist for Reuters, Morningstar and; author of The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security.

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What was your first job as a journalist?

Midwest reporter for Beverage Industry - a trade magazine covering soft drinks, beer and wine.

Have you ever used a typewriter?


Who's your favorite fictional journalist?

Raoul Duke.

College is not just for the young — They are the inaugural fellows of a new program, the Distinguished Careers Institute (DCI), designed for people who want to follow more than one career path in their lifetimes and who want to go back to a college setting for more training. It is the forefront of a new movement for universities to look beyond typical 19-year-old undergraduates.

Another Big Jump in Long-term Care Insurance Premiums — Robert Churchill/iStock/Thinkstock The cost of long-term care insurance continued to rise sharply last year, with average prices jumping 8.6 percent, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI). That was the average price hike for healthy, single 55-year-old male and female buyers.

Choc Block: US Chocolate Lovers Protest as Hershey Bars Cadbury UK Brands — Cadbury has already alarmed chocolate fans with fears that changes to its iconic, Easter-ready Crème Eggs would trickle overseas. While Cadbury is calming those fears at home, including releasing a new commercial promoting the creamy egg concoction in the UK, America's Hershey chocolate conglomerate "won kudos for not changing Cadbury's Crème Egg recipe after the UK's decades-old version was tinkered with," as Fox News puts it.

Debunking the top 10 myths about Social Security — Social Security is going bankrupt. It's a Ponzi scheme. The program's trust fund contains nothing but a bunch of worthless IOUs. Those are just a few of the comments we hear frequently from journalists, politicians, and policymakers about Social Security. But they're all false-and that's a big problem.

Lifting Social Security’s Payroll Tax Cap: Who Would Pay More? — Social Security reform is coming - the only question is when, and what will be done to get the program's finances in order. The Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund is on course to be exhausted in 2035, and its cousin, the Disability Insurance Trust Fund, will be exhausted around the end of 2016.

Romney’s huge IRA makes a comeback in Obama retirement proposal — It was a memorable moment in the 2012 presidential race. In their October 16 debate, Defending his blind trust investments, Gov. Romney said: ROMNEY: Just going to make a point. Any investments I have over the last eight years have been managed by a blind trust.

CORRECTED-COLUMN-Only small victories for retirement in Obama's speech — (Corrects day in second paragraph to Tuesday from Monday) By Mark Miller Chicago Jan 21 (Reuters) - Remember Mitt Romney's huge IRA? During the 2012 campaign, we learned that the governor managed to amass $20 million to $100 million in an Individual Retirement Account, much more than anyone could accumulate under the contribution limit rules without some unusual investments and appreciation.

Only small victories for retirement in Obama's speech — Credit: Reuters/Mike Blake A pair of elderly couples view the ocean and waves along the beach in La Jolla, California March 8, 2012. Romney's IRA found its way, indirectly, into a broader set of retirement policy reforms unveiled in President Obama's State of the Union proposals on Tuesday.

Tennis Great Andy Murray Debuts New Logo at the Australian Open — personal brands Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 19, 2015 04:28 PM On the first day of the Australian Open, Scottish tennis champ Andy Murray has safely made it through to the second round, beating Yuki Bhambri 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

State plans for low-income retirement saving gain momentum — My home state of Illinois is not the first place that comes to mind for innovative approaches to retirement savings. We are much more infamous for our pension plan for state workers, which is the worst-funded in the country. But Illinois just became the first U.S.
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Jan 28, 2015

RT @wealth_mgmt: Cost of long-term care #insurance continued to rise sharply last yr, w/ avg. prices jumping 8.6%, per @RetireRevised

Jan 27, 2015

Supreme Court Rules Against Retirees in Union Health Benefits Case

Jan 27, 2015

Average Costs For Long Term Care Insurance Rise 8.6 Percent, says AALTCI…

Jan 27, 2015

Washingtonspeak: "aging baby boomers will take more and more of the federal government’s money" for #SocialSecurity…

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