Happy Friday, PLANADVISER readers! This week we take a deep dive into the psychology of retirees and their families. Often, retirement planning conversations center on dollars and cents, on markets and asset allocations—but every bit as important as the numbers is the retirement vision that clients carry. Below you’ll find insights from real workers and retirees on what they wish they’d done differently, and how they think about life before and after work ends.
Parents are worried about their independence as they age; kids are worried about their aging parents’ quality of life; parents are worried about their kids’ health and finances; and around it goes.
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Given a choice between two job offers—one with a retirement plan and one with a higher salary—pre-retirees are five times more likely to choose the retirement plan offer, demonstrating how much workers, especially older workers, value employer-sponsored retirement plans.
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It appears some last-minute amendments have largely removed controversial provisions from the Senate’s version of tax reform legislation that would have had a big impact on governmental 457 and nonprofit 403(b) plan sponsors.
The American Retirement Association says that tax reform could be a disincentive for small businesses to offer retirement plans; however, as one reader shares, there are counter considerations having to do with Roth 401(k) options that could mitigate some of the concern.
The legislation would take steps to provide additional anti-cutback protections for Teamsters, miners, and other unionized American workers who have paid significant sums into multiemployer pension funds.
The richly detailed text of the complaint shows multiple individuals are accused of defrauding Great-West and depositing ill-gotten assets in a variety of U.S. banks, resulting in fraud and money laundering charges.