Do you have any idea where the United States ranks when it comes to retirement security? You guessed first place? No, that's not it.
Second? Not that either.
In fact, the U.S. barely made the top 20 ranking. The U.S. ranked number 19, among 150 countries listed by retirement security, behind many Eastern and Western European countries, according to Natixis Global Asset Management firm.
The Natixis Global Retirement Index "gauges how well retired citizens live in 150 nations" based on 20 measures of health, wealth, quality of life and "material well-being" that affect citizens' retirement security.
Millions of Americans take advantage of direct deposit. Whether it's their payroll checks, tax refunds, or benefit payments, many are opting out of paper checks and opting in to convenience.
We want you to know that PBGC offers that same convenience.
Undecided about whether you should switch to direct deposit? Our most recent studies show:
- 8 out of 9 payment delays affect people who get paper checks
- More than one in every 200 paper checks is delayed, usually because of postal issues
Paper checks can also be lost or stolen.
Across the country, there are more than 38,000 people who haven't claimed pension benefits they are owed. Those unclaimed pensions equal a total of over $300 million dollars, with individual benefits ranging from twelve cents to almost a million dollars.
The states with the most missing pension participants and money to be claimed are:
- New York (7,031/$42.38 million)
- Illinois (4,129/$79.63 million)
- California (3,082/$8.52 million)
- Texas (2,487/$12.32 million)
- New Jersey (2,288/$12.84 million)
- Ohio (2,109/$15.22 million)
If you receive a retirement benefit from PBGC, all or some of the money may be taxable. Every year, we report this amount to the IRS and send you an IRS Form 1099-R that states the amount we paid you the previous year.
We'll mail your Form 1099-R for 2012 to your address of record by Thursday, January 31, 2013. If you don't receive your form soon after January 31, 2013, you may use the options below to request a duplicate 1099-R, as early as February 1.
- Use our online service, MyPBA, to view and print a copy of your 1099-R tax form for the most recent tax year.
- Call PBGC's Customer Contact Center to request a form by mail. The number is 1-800-400-7242.
Before you call, please have your Social Security number, plan name and case number ready for the customer service representative.
Whether retirement is knocking on your door or decades away, you should have a financial plan in place to help you reach that milestone. Bloomberg Business News published an article that debunks some of the myths about retirement. As the article states, "We're living increasingly in a "yoyo" economy -- short for "you're on your own."
According to the article, here are some of the most common myths about retirement:
MYTH NO. 1: It's OK to postpone saving for retirement until other needs are taken care of.
MYTH NO. 2: Medicare will take care of almost all your health care needs.
MYTH NO. 3: You'll need far less income in retirement to maintain the same standard of living.
MYTH NO. 4: You can claim Social Security early and still get full benefits later.
MYTH NO. 5: You should rely heavily on bonds rather than stocks as you get older.
MYTH NO. 6: Any retirement target-date fund will allow you to "set it and forget it."
MYTH NO. 7: You'll be able to make up a savings shortfall by retiring later or working part-time in retirement.
Read the full article, "7 retirement planning myths debunked."
PBGC will pay retirement benefits for more than 1,300 current and future retirees of RG Steel, the nation's fourth-largest flat-rolled steel producer with steelmaking facilities located in Sparrows Point, Md.; Warren, Ohio, and Wheeling, W.Va. Additional finishing facilities are in Yorkville and Martins Ferry, Ohio.
RG Steel and its seven affiliates are liquidating in bankruptcy. PBGC has trusteed the two pension plans RG sponsored - the RG Steel Warren, LLC Hourly Employees Pension Plan ("Warren Plan") and the RG Steel Wheeling, LLC Pension Plan ("Wheeling Plan").
In bankruptcy, RG Steel has sold practically all of its assets. Most of the buyers are liquidators, none of which assumed the pension plans. PBGC initiated termination because of RG Steel's liquidation in bankruptcy and the forthcoming abandonment of the pension plans. More...