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The time to live your life is now

My good friend, Steve, died last week, 8 months after his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. I spent many hours with him over these last months, trying to provide him with support and companionship. It was very painful to watch him slide toward his death. At the end of his life, the cancer had...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Life

Five myths about the baby boomer generation

There are 75.4 million baby boomers in the United States, people from 51 to 69 years old. They are the largest generation in American history, raised during the economic prosperity that followed World War II. Media and marketers have treated the generation as one enormous, monolithic group since...

Date: 11/07/2015 | Nation & World

Debate over Medicare, Social Security, other benefits divides GOP

WASHINGTON - Republicans are openly feuding over whether to seek drastic changes to Medicare, Social Security and other entitlement programs, risking a potentially damaging intraparty battle ahead of the 2016 elections.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Nation & World

Feds offer new, free retirement plan

WASHINGTON — Starting this week, people who don't have access to a retirement savings plan at work will have an easier time setting aside cash.The myRA program, a government backed retirement plan first announced by President Barack Obama...

Date: 11/05/2015 | Business Wire

Challenge for state: Recruiting, retaining 147 new troopers

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Patrol is seeing its ranks depleted faster than can be replenished. It can't recruit enough new troopers to fill existing vacancies and newer...

Date: 11/02/2015 | Local News

Police officer retires after 35 years without sick day

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Mike Flowers, 59, learned a lesson from his parents as a boy: Get up and get going every day, no matter what.The message stuck in a serious way, and Flowers is now retiring after a 35-year career as a police officer without ever having taken a sick...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

Seniors who keep working are healthier

Is retirement hazardous to your health?It’s an intriguing question in light of a new study that finds senior citizens who work are in better health than their counterparts who don’t.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World

Time is a financial gift that kids shouldn’t waste

People are always trying to find the secret to financial success. But I’d like to address the young folks who ask me how to get rich.If you’re young, you have something we older folks will never have as much of — time. It’s an advantage you shouldn’t waste.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Business columnists

Millennials sock away 15 percent for retirement

Iron Man. Wonder Woman. Millennial Super Saver.He or she is an ordinary human, 18 to 34, who saves at least 15 percent of his or her salary each year in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. The mission: Save enough to retire comfortably. Or at least retire.

Date: 09/11/2015 | Business Wire

Judge OKs Boeing retirement settlement

WICHITA, Kan. — Boeing will pay $90 million to settle a lawsuit filed by former Boeing workers over retirement and medical benefits after the sale of the company's Wichita operations.

Date: 09/04/2015 | Business Wire

Tiny house, big benefits: Freedom from a mortgage — and stuff

America is having a big love affair with tiny houses. There are television shows: “Tiny House Nation” and “Tiny House Hunters.” There are movies: “Tiny: A Story About Living Small” and “Small Is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary.” Pinterest has more than 900 boards devoted to tiny houses, and...

Date: 07/21/2015 | Life

Oregon’s retirement-age population growing fast

PORTLAND, Ore. — The retirement-age boom is well underway in Oregon.

Date: 06/26/2015 | Northwest

Robot teaches retirement home exercise class

They aren't on Snapchat. They aren't livestreaming their adventures on Periscope and Meerkat. And they definitely won't be recording 360 videos from drones.Yet for residents of Vughterstede — average age 87 — technology isn't just the bastion of the young. When...

Date: 05/31/2015 | Nation & World

State makes it easier to save for retirement

When you think about retirement, you can imagine a life in which you are freed from decades of work, having to put up with a bad boss or difficult co-workers, able to take your time waking up in the morning and go for a walk, a bicycle ride, garden, or just talk to your neighbors and...

Date: 05/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Retirement choices are in sharper focus

Many current Reserve and National Guard members, particularly those who are younger and have fewer years of service, are likely next year to face a difficult choice of retirement plans.It will be a decision as complex as the one being prepared by Congress for their active...

Date: 05/15/2015 | Local News

House panel OKs 'blended' military retirement plan

Despite vigorous opposition from a few colleagues who are military retirees, the House Armed Services Committee voted overwhelming April 29 to give future generations of service members something different from the all-or-nothing 20-year retirement system the military has relied on for...

Date: 05/08/2015 | Local News

Congress steps toward blended military retirement

Congress on April 23 took a first, perhaps historic step toward phasing out the 20-year-or-bust retirement system the U.S. military has used to shape and retain its career forces since the end of World War II.The replacement plan, as endorsed by the House armed services'...

Date: 05/01/2015 | Local News

New rules proposed for retirement advisers

WASHINGTON — Regulators on Tuesday proposed new rules that would raise the standards for investment advice given to those saving for retirement.

Date: 04/16/2015 | Business Wire

Retiring Lake Stevens fire chief is ready to try new things

LAKE STEVENS — Dave Lingenfelter loved being a paramedic because it kept him guessing.In recent years, his challenge turned to making sure the Lake Stevens fire district weathered the recession.

Date: 03/31/2015 | Local News

Tips on how to be engaged, productive post-retirement

Every day in the United States, thousands of baby boomers are turning 65. No wonder many of us hear about friends and family that are retiring or at least talking about it. I have several friends that took the big step.

Date: 03/31/2015 | Life

Greg Corn retires after 42 years as Marysville's fire chief

MARYSVILLE — Greg Corn was 20 years old and he needed a job.He'd worked for a boat manufacturer, a telephone pole company and as a dishwasher.He saw a sign that Fire District 12, north of Marysville, needed volunteers.On April 1, 1973, Corn...

Date: 03/27/2015 | Local News

Boomers risk retirement by supporting adult children

Cathy Egan has been supporting herself since she was 18, when she worked as a waitress in Minneapolis. Her 23-year-old son lives at home and relies on his single mother for transportation, food, and other expenses. Egan, now 50, began putting money aside for retirement only five years ago, after...

Date: 03/08/2015 | Business Wire

A college-bound teen needs Economics 101

It’s that time of year when parents and high school seniors are struggling with college choices. For many, the decision isn’t easy and can lead to family feuds.

Date: 03/03/2015 | Business columnists

Not all baby boomers want to retire

For generations, the dream retirement was one spent in warmer climates, on the beach and often walking distance from a golf course.

Date: 02/28/2015 | Business Wire

Lockheed Martin to pay for high-fee retirement plan

NEW YORK — Lockheed Martin has agreed to pay $62 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that accused the defense contractor of mismanaging employee retirement accounts and using funds with excessive fees.

Date: 02/20/2015 | Business Wire

Retirement funds resist ‘duty’ to investor

WASHINGTON — Top financial lobbyists converged on the White House last week in a failed bid to forestall an administration plan that would impose new rules on brokers who manage trillions of dollars in U.S. retirement accounts.

Date: 01/30/2015 | Business Wire

Military benefits system recommendations

WASHINGTON — A Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission listed 15 recommendations that members said would increase the financial options troops have without reducing their overall compensation and retirement and health benefits.

Date: 01/30/2015 | Nation & World

Military benefits could change

WASHINGTON — Top U.S. leaders and members of Congress reacted cautiously Thursday to the recommendations of an independent panel to change the military's retirement and health care systems.The proposals, which would save more than $20 billion over the next four years,...

Date: 01/30/2015 | Nation & World

Some generals, admirals earn more in retirement than on active duty

At the urging of then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Congress in 2006 took aggressive steps to raise pay and future retirement of currently serving general and admirals, particularly those serving beyond 30 years.Having been a well- compensated industry executive,...

Date: 01/16/2015 | Local News

GOP targets Social Security disability funding

WASHINGTON — House Republicans want Congress to address the troubled finances of Social Security’s disability program, setting the stage for a contentious debate that could affect 11 million people in the middle of the next presidential campaign.

Date: 01/07/2015 | Nation & World

Congress averts government shutdown

WASHINGTON — Swapping crisis for compromise, the House narrowly approved $1.1 trillion in government-wide spending Thursday night after President Barack Obama and Republicans joined forces to override Democratic complaints that the bill would also ease bank regulations imposed...

Date: 12/11/2014 | Nation & World

Lawmakers OK cuts in pensions

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of congressional leaders reached a deal Tuesday evening that would for the first time allow the benefits of current retirees to be severely cut, part of an effort to save some of the nation’s most distressed pension plans.

Date: 12/10/2014 | Business Wire

RadioShack to cut 401(k) matching plans

NEW YORK — RadioShack Corp., the struggling electronics retailer, will stop matching employees’ retirement-fund contributions and close stores to help cut costs.

Date: 12/05/2014 | Business Wire

Congress eyes retiree pension cuts

WASHINGTON — Congress could soon allow the benefits of current retirees to be cut as part of an agreement to address the fiscal distress confronting some of the nation's 1,400 multi-employer pension plans.Several unions and pension advocates oppose the move, which...

Date: 12/04/2014 | Business Wire

Are you smart enough to retire?

When are reverse mortgages due? What triggers early withdrawal penalties? What exactly is covered by Medicare again?Retirement planning is hard, and most people struggle to understand the fundamentals, according to a new report by the American College of Financial Services,...

Date: 12/04/2014 | Business Wire

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