Government pensions and social security

FILE - In this Friday, May 11, 2018 file photo, the newest attraction at Legoland in Windsor, England, shows a depiction of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle outside Windsor Castle. A group of investors that includes the owners of toy maker Lego is buying Merlin Entertainment, a British company that operates theme parks like Legoland. Merlin said Friday June 28, 2019, it accepted the deal. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
June 28, 2019 - 7:49 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The owners of toy maker Lego are teaming up with a group of investors to buy Merlin Entertainment, a British company that operates theme parks like Legoland and the Madame Tussauds wax museums. Kirkbi Invest said Friday it is joining forces with private equity firm...
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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2018, file photo people walk through lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park at the start of a work day in New York.A new study finds that only 4% of retirees start claiming their Social Security benefits at the most financially optimal time. And current retirees collectively will lose $3.4 trillion in potential income to fund their retirement because they started drawing benefits at a less than ideal time. That’s roughly $111,000 per household, according to the research from United Income, an online investment management and financial planning firm. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
June 27, 2019 - 11:05 pm
It's tough to decide when to start taking Social Security benefits and it appears many people are shorting themselves with their choice. A new study finds that only 4% of retirees start claiming their Social Security benefits at the most financially optimal time. And current retirees collectively...
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FILE - In this Feb.26, 2013 photo, a job seeker enters a job center (Pole Emploi), in Nice, southeastern France. French President Emmanuel Macron's government has unveiled its plan to tighten the country's unemployment benefits. All major workers unions denounce the reform as unfair and damaging to the country's social system. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)
June 18, 2019 - 11:11 am
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's government has unveiled plans to make it more difficult for the unemployed to claim benefits, as part of an overhaul of France's labor market that aims to boost the nation's economy. Labor Minister Muriel Penicaud said Tuesday that the changes were "...
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FILE - In this May 30, 2019 file photo, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro attends a ceremony to sign a decree on Regional Development, at the Planalto Presidential Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil. The South American country kicked off a general strike Friday, June 14, that is likely to paralyze major cities across Brazil. The nationwide strike is the first since the arrival of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Jan. 1. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
June 14, 2019 - 10:39 am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil kicked off a general strike Friday that is likely to paralyze major cities across Latin America's largest country. The nationwide strike is the first since the arrival of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Jan. 1. While most participants will be protesting against a...
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FILE - This April 2017, file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
June 10, 2019 - 9:35 am
Researchers tell us that most people would be better off waiting to claim Social Security benefits. Yet most people file early. More than half apply for Social Security before they reach full retirement age, which is currently 66 and rising to 67 for people born in 1960 and later. More than 30%...
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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. European Union leaders are meeting in Brussels to haggle over who should lead the 28-nation bloc's key institutions for the next five years after weekend elections shook up Europe's political landscape. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP)
June 05, 2019 - 9:56 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — After years of talks, the Dutch government, employers and labor unions on Wednesday unveiled a proposed new pension framework to make it more sustainable as people live longer and swap jobs more often. "We worked together to build one of the best pension systems in the...
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Supporters of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro feature a large, inflatable doll in his image as they demonstrate along Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, May 26, 2019. The pro-Bolsonaro rally follows anti-government protests against education budget cuts as the president also battles an uncooperative Congress, a family corruption scandal and falling approval ratings after five months in office. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
May 26, 2019 - 3:46 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands gathered in cities across Brazil on Sunday to show support for President Jair Bolsonaro, who faces an uncooperative Congress, street protests, a family corruption scandal and falling approval ratings five months into his term. The stumbling start for the far-right...
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FILE - This Feb. 5, 2015, file photo shows the Anthem logo at the health insurer's corporate headquarters in Indianapolis. The Justice Department says a grand jury has indicted Fujie Wang and another Chinese man identified only as John Doe for hacking into the computers of health insurer Anthem Inc. and three other, unnamed companies, in an indictment unsealed Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
May 09, 2019 - 8:41 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted two members of "extremely sophisticated" hacking group operating from China in the 2014-2015 theft of the personal information of nearly 79 million customers of insurer Anthem Inc., the biggest known health care hack in U.S. history. The Justice...
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May 09, 2019 - 11:12 am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico's finances voted on Thursday to extend its power and bring all of the U.S. territory's 78 municipalities under its supervision for the first time. The board announced that it also will require fiscal plans and budgets...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2019 file photo, a sign is shown during a news conference to reintroduce "Medicare for All" legislation, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The financial condition of the government’s bedrock retirement programs for middle- and working-class Americans remain shaky, with Medicare pointed toward insolvency by 2026. That’s the word from the latest report by the government’s overseers of Medicare and Social Security, which paints a sobering picture of the programs, though it’s relatively unchanged from last year’s update. Social Security would become insolvent in 2035, one year later than previously estimated. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
April 22, 2019 - 12:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The financial condition of the government's bedrock retirement programs for middle- and working-class Americans remains shaky, with Medicare pointed toward insolvency by 2026, according to a report Monday by the government's overseers of Medicare and Social Security. It paints a...
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