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Inflation Ranks as Today’s Top Retirement Concern, as Reported in New Survey

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008 | Financial Press Release

According to the Risks and Process of Retirement Survey Report, a new study from the Society of Actuaries (SOA), inflation is the top retirement concern. The report identifies other concerns among pre-retirees and retirees and offers actuarial approaches to manage those risks.

Schaumburg, IL (PRWEB) May 19, 2008 -- From the high price of milk and eggs to the unprecedented cost of gas, inflation is affecting every American. Among the largest groups affected are the 78 million baby boomers inching ever closer to retirement and current retirees who are experiencing soaring costs in a volatile economy.

In fact, according to the Risks and Process of Retirement Survey Report, a new study from the Society of Actuaries (SOA), inflation is the top retirement concern. According to the report, pre-retirees and retirees are worrying about keeping the value of their assets up with inflation as well as having enough money to pay for long-term care, paying for adequate healthcare and the challenges of maintaining a reasonable standard of living after the loss of a spouse - all of which are also impacted by inflation.

The report identifies concerns raised from both pre-retirees and retirees on their retirement resources and offers approaches to help manage them. "Today's retirement environment is much more complex than it has been for previous generations," said Anna Rappaport, Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA), MAAA, chair of the Committee on Post-Retirement Needs and Risks, and leader of the report's project oversight work group. "With generally acknowledged gaps in many employees' retirement benefits and resources, actuaries are helping people understand the risks associated with retirement and the importance of sound management of their retirement funds."

Among today's 65-and-older population, average life expectancy for American men and women is 17 and 20 years, respectively. Nearly one-third (30 percent) of all women and almost 20 percent of men age 65 can expect to reach 90 years old. As a result, pre-retirees and retirees are concerned that inflation will impact the adequacy of their retirement investments and savings by significantly contributing to their depletion. "With life expectancy reaching the highest level ever, there is a real possibility that those in retirement may outlive their assets," said Steve Vernon, FSA, MAAA, and president of Rest-of-Life Communications. To manage this risk, actuarial approaches include investment strategies to preserve principal, such as investing in annuities, joint and survivor annuities and deferred annuities commencing at later ages, such as 75 or 80.

Long-Term Care and Healthcare Concerns Highlighted
The survey also revealed that pre-retirees and retirees are concerned about their ability to afford long-term care. For example, nursing home care costs may reach $70,000 or more per person per year. To manage this risk, actuarial approaches include strategies such as personal health and wellness commitments and long-term care insurance that helps pay for the cost of seniors with care needs.

In addition, pre-retirees and retirees are concerned inflation will impact their ability to afford adequate healthcare. With catastrophic illness, medical costs for an over-65 retired couple not
covered by Medicare can be a major financial burden exceeding $1 million over their lifetime. To manage this risk, actuarial approaches include strategies such as medical insurance and Medicare supplements.

Women's Concerns Higher Than Men's
Other findings of the study provide insight into the differences of how men and women perceive retirement risks and are affected by them. Women are more concerned than men that inflation will significantly impact their retirement resources. Such concerns may be magnified for women who have experienced the loss of a spouse. "For retirees living on a fixed income, the longer the period of retirement, the greater the impact of inflation," said Rappaport. "For this reason, women are more adversely affected by inflation than men because of their longer life expectancy. Traditionally, women have been younger than their husbands; therefore, periods of widowhood of 15 years or more are not uncommon. For many women, the death of a spouse is accompanied by a decline in standard of living."

Women expressed higher levels of concern versus men regarding the following risks:

  • Inflation - 62 percent versus 51 percent
  • Affording long-term care - 57 percent versus 47 percent
  • Healthcare costs - 56 percent versus 45 percent
  • Depleting savings - 52 percent versus 37 percent
  • Staying in their home - 44 percent versus 29 percent

To manage these risks, actuarial approaches include investment strategies to produce income, including joint and survivor annuities and life insurance.

Re-envisioning Retirement
Actuaries are at the forefront of identifying the retirement needs, risks and roles of all stakeholders involved in retirement including consumers and businesses. The Society of Actuaries and its Pension Section Council is spearheading the first-ever Retirement 20/20 initiative. Launched in 2006, Retirement 20/20 is leveraging the insights of more than 60 experts, including leading retirement actuaries, corporate benefits managers, attorneys, public policy advocates and academics. Retirement 20/20 will analyze the retirement landscape with the goal of developing a new retirement system different from traditional defined benefit and contribution plans in the coming years.

Future Retirement Survey Reports
In ongoing efforts to identify, understand and manage the retirement risks facing today's pre-retirees and retirees, the SOA will release a series of three retirement survey reports on the phases of retirement, long-term care concerns and retirement risks for women. The SOA's three survey reports are scheduled to be released later this year.

About Actuaries
Actuaries bring a complex future into focus by applying unique insight to risk and opportunity. Known for their comprehensive approach, actuaries enable smart, more confident decisions.

About the Society of Actuaries
The SOA is an educational, research and professional organization dedicated to serving the public and its 19,000 members. The SOA's vision is for actuaries to be recognized as the leading professionals in the modeling and management of financial risk and contingent events. The SOA's mission is to advance actuarial knowledge and to enhance the ability of actuaries to provide expert advice and relevant solutions for financial, business and societal problems involving uncertain future events. To learn more, visit www.soa.org.

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Datactics Delivers Data Quality Management Across Multinational Domains

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008 | Financial Press Release

Exclusive interview featuring Datactics' Sarah Bearder

Denver, CO (PRWEB) May 19, 2008 -- Sarah Bearder, Cofounder of Datactics, recently participated in an exclusive interview with Ron Powell and the Business Intelligence Network (www.BeyeNETWORK.com). In this interview, Bearder explains why Datactics was acknowledged in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Quality, and how its applications can address the most challenging of data quality projects such as product information management and customer data integration.

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"With unicode, data agnostic and grid enabled computing functionality embedded in its technology Datactics can resolve complex data quality issues emerging as a result of the global nature of businesses. "Being an innovator in the data quality management arena, Datactics' applications have evolved to incorporate sophisticated functionality that exceeds the requirements of traditional data cleansing," says Sarah Bearder, Cofounder of Datactics. "Datactics can effectively manage product data in multiple languages and metrics distributed across various computing resources to increase global purchasing leverage and optimize supply chain operations. Foremost the deployment of grid enabled computing means organizations can now manage highly intensive data quality processes by simply adding in-house commodity computers to increase processing speed, which provides a cost effective means of gaining super computing power."

"Datactics is one of the young, agile data quality companies emerging that can address product, customer and finance quality issues across multinational domains," says Ron Powell, Cofounder and Editorial Director of the Business Intelligence Network. "This company provides functionality beyond basic name and address to handle complex data quality projects for instance stock part management and financial information system management."

During 2008 Datactics is focused on ongoing commercial expansion by growing its network of international partners and the identification of new vertical markets. From a product perspective, Datactics is committed to evolving its technology, delivering additional dashboard process management capabilities, in order to simplify the management of increasingly complicated data quality processes.

To listen to the interview, please click here.

The Business Intelligence Network Solution Spotlights are intuitive dialogues with innovative solution providers, and these spotlights provide a cutting-edge introduction to the new products and services of interest to the business intelligence community. The Network publishes six newsletters serving more than 115,000 readers across a wide variety of industries, making it the largest newsletter-based information source for business intelligence, performance management, data warehousing, data integration and data quality.

About Datactics
Datactics specializes in data quality management technology, delivering applications to analyze, process and manage volumes of disparate data types distributed across multiple computing resources or located within a centralized location. Its highly scalable and powerful solutions provide tangible benefits such as increased purchasing leverage, supply chain efficiencies, reduction in fraud and increased compliance. Clients worldwide include KPMG, Terex, Philips, Long Islands' Largest Health Care Provider, Bank of Ireland and numerous UK local government authorities.

Datactics products can be utilized in batch or real time environments and deployed as stand alone, embedded with other applications or via web services (SOA). Typical business applications include 'Single View of Truth' (e.g. product, supplier or customer) and data integration applications including web based solutions featuring applications such as Data Quality Firewall, Remote Data Validation and Federated Search. Its diverse applications include product information management, CRM/single view of customer, compliance & governance, fraud detection and direct marketing.

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The Network's flagship site BeyeNETWORK.com leads the industry with up-to-the-minute news, newsletters, articles, executive spotlights, podcasts, expert-hosted channels and blogs. Experts include Claudia Imhoff, Bill Inmon, Craig Schiff, Colin White, David Loshin, and others. BeyeRESEARCH.com provides research and case studies from leading authors and experts in business intelligence. BeyeBLOGS.com is a business intelligence-specific community blogging site that provides an open forum about industry issues and challenges. BeyeSEARCH.com offers the first and only editor-driven directory and search engine specially built to serve this industry.

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Mary Cunningham
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mary.cunningham @ datactics.com

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Economic Stimulus Check Spending: Tips on How to Use your Government Funds Effectively

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008 | Financial Press Release

Providers of CareOne Credit Counseling Services offer some helpful, timely advice on how to effectively spend the money from your Economic Stimulus checks. The article also provides a simple explanation for how the Stimulus Package is intended to help the U.S. economy.

Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) May 19, 2008 -- CareOne Providers Share Free Tips on Getting the Most Out of Economic Stimulus Checks

Economic stimulus checks rolled out in early May to US consumers. Providers of CareOne Credit Counseling Services are offering free advice on spending and using that extra money, showing families and individuals how to get the most value and biggest benefits to them.

Many eligible US consumers have received, or will be receiving, economic stimulus checks from the government for amounts starting at $300. The concept of the economic stimulus checks is simple. Amidst the recent credit crunch, buying on credit has slowed down and less money is being exchanged in the marketplace. By giving money to consumers who will then spend it on various goods and services, the government hopes to increase the country's overall spending and consumption rates. Furthermore, because every dollar handed out by the government will be spent a countless number of times by various consumers, the effect of that one dollar is multiplied and has an even greater impact on economic growth.

For example, if a consumer receives a $1,000 economic stimulus check and spends it on clothing for the family, that $1,000 has now been introduced into the economy. In addition, these funds now represent new revenue for the retailer who sold the clothes. This cycle continues as portions of this money are spent on goods and services for the business itself. The store owner will also use a percentage of this $1,000 to pay his or her employees who, in turn, will spend a portion of their paycheck elsewhere, making further contributions to our economic growth.

CareOne Service providers want to help consumers better understand the economic stimulus package, enabling them to make more informed decisions on how to use their stimulus checks.

"Some consumers will receive their economic stimulus check and be tempted to go on a shopping spree," says CareOne Credit Counseling Services Spokesperson Clarky Davis. "Maybe they've wanted to buy a big screen television, make a down payment towards a new car, or even to take a vacation, but they didn't have the opportunity before receiving their stimulus check. On the surface, any spending would be good for the economy. Consumers should think about what's best for them. There are ways to use that extra money which could save or make them more money overall, help them get out of debt, or better prepare for their future."

CareOne Agencies offer the following ideas for using the funds from economic stimulus checks:
1. Use the money to pay down credit cards or other interest-bearing debts. Paying more now means saving more in interest payments, which can accumulate quickly.
2. Place all, or a portion, of the money into an interest-earning account or tax-saving account. By setting aside funds in this way for things like a child's future education, retirement, a new car or home, consumers can earn extra money on the deposit and save on income-tax payments.
3. Consider setting aside a part of the check exclusively for emergency expenses. This allows credit card spending to be avoided if a sudden need arises (such as car repairs).

"While politicians are hoping the economic stimulus package will improve the economy in the short run, consumers can use that money in whatever way benefits them the most, knowing they can still improve the economy in the long haul," says Davis. "By paying down credit cards or other bills, consumers keep that added interest payment amount in their own pockets to be spent later. By putting money into a retirement account, consumers are ensuring their ability to spend and bolster the economy in the future. By saving for a child's college education, that child has a better chance of securing a higher-paying job by getting their degree, leading to them spending more in the course of their lifetime. These 'little' choices now help the consumers in the moment and have the potential to help the economy on a grander scale."

About CareOne Credit Counseling Services:
CareOne Credit Counseling Services is a service mark of 3C Incorporated and is an industry leader committed to providing consumers with education and debt management services related to improving and maintaining their financial health. CareOne providers have helped over 4.5 million people pay down debts through their solid relationships with over 220,000 creditors. For more information about CareOne Credit Counseling Services, please visit www.CareOneCredit.com, or contact Clarky Davis at (410) 925-9769.

Contact:
Clarky Davis
CareOne Credit Counseling Services
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD 21045
Phone: (410) 925-9769
Web: www.CareOneCredit.com

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