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.

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Who's your favorite fictional journalist?

Raoul Duke.

COLUMN-Watch that free money for IRA rollovers — By Mark Miller CHICAGO, March 5 (Reuters) - Back in the day, you could walk into a bank to open a new account and walk out with a free toaster. Today, you can get anywhere from $50 to $2,500 for rolling over a 401(k) into an Individual Retirement Account, or just by moving an IRA from another financial institution.

Watch that free money for IRA rollovers — Today, you can get anywhere from $50 to $2,500 for rolling over a 401(k) into an Individual Retirement Account, or just by moving an IRA from another financial institution. But since banks are not in the habit of giving away money, you need to ask: What is the catch?

Time for progressives to embrace working longer and a strengthened retirement safety net — It's time for progressives to sort out a question about retirement policy: Is it possible to advocate for progressive ideas like an improved social insurance system and preservation of defined benefit pensions, but also acknowledge the benefits of longer working lives?

Company stock in your 401(k)? Proceed with caution — 401(k) plans have made great strides in recent years-reducing costs, simplifying investment menus, and automating portfolio allocation. But a surprisingly large number of plans still include one feature that really should go: offering the plan sponsor's own shares to workers. Research consistently shows that owning your employer's stock in a workplace retirement plan is risky.

IRA providers are waving cash; should you take it? — Back in the day you could walk into a bank and walk out with a free toaster for opening a new account. Here's the modern day equivalent: any number of big mutual fund companies and banks are waving cash at you for a rollover into an IRA.

A Book on Social Security Optimization with a Sense of Humor — Philip Moeller, right, is co-author of Get What's Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security. If you're getting more client questions these days about Social Security and know you need to bone up, a comprehensive - and enjoyable - way to do it has just surfaced.

Fiduciary Standard for Advice is Long Overdue in U.S. — (The writer is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.) By Mark Miller CHICAGO, Feb 24 (Reuters) - When you are planning for retirement and ask for advice, whose interest should come first - yours or the financial expert you ask for help?

White House fiduciary embrace is a turning point for retirement security — Let's say you've finally decided it's time to get serious about planning for retirement. You stop in at the local office of a bank or brokerage firm. Perhaps you call an investment or mutual fund company you saw advertising on tv.

Fiduciary standard for advice is long overdue in U.S. — That is the question at the heart of a Washington debate over the unsexy-sounding term "fiduciary standard." Simply put, it is a legal responsibility requiring an adviser to put the best interest of a client ahead of all else.

Bill Cosby Plunges from #3 to #2,615 in Celebrity Trust Index — Bill Cosby has spent many years as one of America's comedy and TV darlings. Dr. Cosby, moonlighting as a Jell-o pudding pitchman, seemingly could do no wrong. A lot has changed in the last few weeks as the world has finally started to listen to the women who were allegedly sexually assaulted and raped by him as well as a more recent wave of women who came forward to tell their stories.
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Mar 05, 2015

RT @PennyWriter: There's free money for IRA rollovers—how to invest it @RetireRevised watch out for costly funds

Mar 05, 2015

IRA providers are waving cash for rollovers; should you take it? My column @reutersmoney on incentives

Mar 04, 2015

What is "retirement porn?" You'll have to ask @helaineolen, but here's my response 2 her attack on my @AARPMag story.…

Mar 04, 2015

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Mar 04, 2015

File/suspend works only when waiting to FRA to file. See a full explanation here:… @jdifeo @MichaelKitces

Mar 04, 2015

No. MT @jdifeo: @MichaelKitces @RetireRevised Is it possible for a single person to take early retirement at 62 then suspend at FRA . . .1/2

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