Monday, August 5, 2013

The Great American Do-It-Yourself Retirement Fraud, Brought to You By Big Finance & Co.

From:  AlterNet 

 By Helaine Olen

A train wreck for you is a gravy train for financial hustlers and their media mouthpieces.
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Editor's note: This article is part of an ongoing AlterNet series, "The Age of Fraud."

“For retirement, the answer is 4-0-1-k,” proclaimed Tyler Mathisen, then editor ofMoney magazine in 1996. “I feel sure that someday, like a financial Little-Engine-That-Could, it will pull me over the million-dollar mountain all by itself.”

For this sentiment, and others like it, Mathisen was soon rewarded with an on-air position at financial news network CNBC, where he remains to this day. As for the rest of us? We were had.

The United States is on the verge of a retirement crisis. For the first time in living memory, it seems likely that living standards for those over the age of 65 will begin to decline as compared to those who came before them—and that’s without taking into account the possibility that Social Security benefits will be cut at some point in the future. MORE

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