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Our expert faculty are frequent contributors to consumer-based media as well as to more scholarly academic publications. Keep current with recent developments in the retirement income planning field and check out the latest articles from the thought leaders who are part of the The American College New York Life Center for Retirement Income.

Get Rid of That Debt Before You Retire

April 22, 2015
Rodney Brooks

Debt is becoming a growing problem in retirement. But like nearly everything else in life, it's less of a issue if you have a plan. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the percentage of homeowners 65 and older with mortgage debt increased from 22% in 2001 to 30% in 2011.

5 Surprises of Retirement Income Planning

April 17, 2015
Jamie Hopkins
David Littell

As older Americans move into retirement, they face many decisions. Retirement income planning (making a plan to coordinate these decisions to ensure enough income to pay the bills and prepare for uncertainty) is critically important. But Americans may not be as knowledgeable as they should be to face these decisions.

4 Questions Everyone Must Ask Their Retirement Advisor

April 14, 2015
Jamie Hopkins

In honor of National Retirement Planning Week, now is a good time to take a step back and think about who is helping you with your retirement planning. A financial advisor can be a powerful resource for those heading down the road to retirement.

Most Americans Illiterate Regarding Retirement Income Planning

April 9, 2015
David Weldon

On the whole, Americans might seem to be among the best-educated individuals in the world. Yet, when it comes to matters related to retirement income needs, the vast majority is fairly clueless.

April is Financial Literacy Month!

April 8, 2015
Don Montanaro

I've made no secret of the fact that part of TradeKing’s mission is helping independent investors educate themselves to make smarter trading and investing decisions. And most Americans sorely need that support.

6 Reasons To Consider Buying Longevity Insurance

April 6, 2015
Jamie Hopkins

Over the last few years, annuities have begun to take a more prominent role in the retirement income planning process and part of the reason is longevity risk. According to retirement expert Tom Hegna, author of Pay Checks and Play Checks, "math and science demands that in order to have a successful retirement, you must take longevity risk off the table."

Financial Literacy: Not Just a Problem for Students

April 2, 2015
Kelli B. Grant

When it comes to financial literacy, you're never really done learning. April is Financial Literacy Month, and studies still paint a grim picture about how poorly educated Americans are when it comes to managing our money.

3 Things Young Adults Need to Know About Building Wealth

March 30, 2015
Eric McWhinnie

Aristotle once said, “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” This wisdom is still relevant today, even more so than in Aristotle’s time when discussing financial literacy. Excuses are abundant when trying to comprehend why Americans don’t take better care of their money, but the source of the problem appears to be a distaste for education.

How Women Can Take Action, Catch Up With Men on Retirement Savings

March 23, 2015
Brian O'Connell

March might be Women's History Month, but with a good retirement at stake, it's better for women to be looking forward. Eleanor Blayney, a consumer advocate with the Washington, D.C-based Certified Financial Planner Board, says her gender faces an "uphill battle" in preparing a financially secure retirement.

GOP 2016 Budget Proposal Seeks To Overhaul Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid

March 17, 2015
Jamie Hopkins

Change is coming. The U.S. government continues to spend more money than it brings in each year in revenue. Consequently, change is essential, as the current path is not sustainable. Congressional Republicans recently released their 2016 budget with their renewed call to repeal the Affordable Care Act, cut spending, and overhaul Medicare.