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.

Traditional Pensions: Did a Golden Age Ever Exist? — The defined benefit pension: the golden age of retirement security, or not so much? It's a key question in the debate about the retirement security crisis facing so many Americans. The percent of households working in the private sector with a defined benefit (DB) pension has fallen sharply in recent years, and Federal Reserve data shows that they will become nearly extinct in the years ahead.

Medicare doc fix: something for everyone to dislike, but a needed reform — Congress is headed toward a bipartisan solution to the long-standing threat of sharp reductions in Medicare's payments to doctors. But the so-called "doc fix" will be expensive, and Medicare beneficiaries will pay part of the bill. The big questions: How much? And, could a doc fix be achieved without hitting up seniors to pay part of the bill?

COLUMN-Stop-gap Medicare 'doc-fix' will cost seniors — Affluent enrollees already pay more for Medicare. Individuals with modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) starting at $85,000 ($170,000 for joint filers) pay a higher share of the government's full cost of coverage in Medicare Part B and Part D for prescription drug coverage.

Stop-gap Medicare 'doc-fix' will cost seniors — Credit: Reuters/Joshua Roberts Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stand together before Boehner signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act on Capitol Hill in Washington July 11, 2014.

COLUMN-Stop-gap Medicare 'doc-fix' will cost seniors — By Mark Miller CHICAGO, March 26 (Reuters) - Congress is headed toward a bipartisan solution to fix a Medicare formula that threatens to slash payments to doctors every year. The so-called "doc fix" would replace the cuts with a multipronged approach that will be expensive and will have Medicare beneficiaries pay part of the bill.

COLUMN-Avoid career burnout by learning to love your job again — CHICAGO, March 12- If you are counting the days to retirement because you hate your job, career expert Kerry Hannon has a message for you: "Stick with it." An annual survey on retirement by the Employee Benefit Research Institute consistently finds that about half of workers retire earlier than they expected- and that job burnout is a key factor.

Brochures for lump-sum pension offers don't tell all you need to know — Should you take it? Probably not, but making a smart decision depends on a complex set of assumptions about future interest rates, possible rates of market returns and your longevity. It is a tough analysis unless you have an actuarial background. Unfortunately, employers are not providing enough information.

Watch that free money for IRA rollovers — CHICAGO * 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.

Retirement Planning content from — Planning for housing in retirement raises touchy emotional issues. Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Thinkstock It's been a mantra in recent years: most Americans want to stay right where they are in retirement.

#LifeWith3M: 3M Kicks Off Global Brand Campaign at SXSW — 3M has turned out plenty of brands that consumers know and use on a daily basis such as Scotch tape and sponges and those ubiquitous Post-it notes as well as a few names that likely aren't as familiar to the everyday consumer.
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Mar 30, 2015

RT @johnwasik: Four Ways to De-Bug Your 401(k) via @forbes #401k #retirement @retirerevised @napfa @aarpworkmoney @wsj

Mar 30, 2015

RT @johnwasik: Blowback from Hoosier Hate law: NAPFA Reconsiders Indianapolis for Fall Conference…

Mar 30, 2015

RT @wealth_mgmt: The defined benefit pension: the golden age of #retirement security, or not so much? (via @RetireRevised)

Mar 30, 2015

Seminar this AM on new @AARP report dealing with struggles facing older workers seeking work. Streaming video here:…

Mar 28, 2015

ICYMI: My take on the #Medicare doc fix: Something for everyone to dislike, but a needed reform.…

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