PLEDGE NOW
Boomers And The Stock Market

Boomers are trying to repair their recession-ravaged nest eggs fast before they retire.  The stock market is looking hot – we’ll look at Boomers running scared toward retirement.

Trader Peter Tuchman, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, April 30, 2014. The future of many Baby Boomer pension funds is called to question as the stock market continues to hit unprecedented highs. (AP)

Trader Peter Tuchman, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, April 30, 2014. The future of many Baby Boomer pension funds is called to question as the stock market continues to hit unprecedented highs. (AP)

New record highs in the stock market yesterday.  The Dow and S&P both.  After huge gains in 2013, Wall Street is again pushing way up high.  Bulls, of course, say it has room to run.  Bears are saying run for the hills.  For America’s 70 million Baby Boomers, it’s hard to know what to do.  Retirement time is in their faces now.  For most, their savings were never great, and the Great Recession made them worse.  They need a good return to recover.  Wall Street gave that last year, but Wall Street can bite.  This hour On Point:  Nobel prize-winning economist Robert Shiller and more on Wall Street and the American retirement crisis.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Ashlea Ebeling, associate editor at Forbes. (@ashleaebeling)

Robert Shiller, professor of economics at Yale University. Winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in economic sciences. Author of “Finance and the Good Society” and “Reforming US Financial Markets: Reflections Before and Beyond Dodd-Frank.” (@RobertJShiller)

Michael Finke, professor and director of the Center for Retirement Planning and Living at Texas Tech University. (@FinkeonFinance)

From Tom’s Reading List

The Wall Street Journal: Will Higher Interest Rates Sink Your Bond Portfolio? — “How much could interest rates rise? How much would your individual portfolio suffer? To answer the first question, we can look to nominal economic growth, which reflects both inflation and real (after-inflation) GDP growth. Bond yields and nominal economic growth tend to track each other fairly closely.”

New York Times: Time to Worry About Stock Market Bubbles — “It’s possible that a world of rising inequality and low interest rates is here to stay – and that stocks have reached a permanently high plateau. In that case, whatever our other economic worries, the stock market’s valuation doesn’t need to be high among them.”

Salon: 401(k)s are retirement robbery: How the Koch brothers, Wall Street and politicians conspire to drain Social Security — “Social Security taxes are already so high, relative to benefits, that Social Security has quite simply become a bad deal for younger workers, providing a low, below- market rate of return. This poor rate of return means that many young workers‘ retirement benefits are far lower than if they had been able to invest those funds privately. However, a system of individual accounts, based on private capital investment, would provide most workers with significantly higher returns. Those higher returns would translate into higher retirement benefits, leading to a more secure retirement for millions of seniors.”

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Jul 3, 2015
Demonstrators shout slogans during a rally organized by supporters of the YES vote for the upcoming referendum in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens, Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Greece's European creditors were assessing a last-minute proposal Athens made for a new two-year rescue deal, submitted just hours before the country's international bailout program expires and it loses access to billions of euros in funds. (AP)

Overtime pay. Diplomatic ties with Cuba. Greece defaults. Iran deadline missed. Chris Christie jumps in. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Jul 3, 2015
Harmonica master Howard Levy, in a photo dated February 2012. (Courtesy the Artist)

Harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy tears it up with us. From Bach to the blues.

RECENT
SHOWS
Jul 2, 2015
In this file photo, Judy Blume attends LA Times Festival of Books, Saturday, April. 21, 2012, at the USC Campus in Los Angeles.  (AP)

Beloved children’s author Judy Blume is writing for adults again – on disaster. Judy Blume joins us.

 
Jul 2, 2015
This file image taken from a militant website associated with Islamic State extremists, posted Saturday, May 23, 2015, purports to show a suicide bomber, with the Arabic bar below reading: "Urgent: The heroic martyr Abu Amer al-Najdi, the attacker of the (Shiite) temple in Qatif", which the Islamic State group's radio station claimed responsibility for.  (AP)

A big, provocative look at the sophisticated online efforts of ISIS to recruit and lure Westerners to their cause.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: July 3, 2015
Friday, Jul 3, 2015

We made a lot of last-minute programming changes these past few weeks, and you stuck around with us through it all. Thanks!

More »
Comment
 
Election 2016: Who Exactly Is Running For President?
Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015

Who is running for President, anyway? We attempt to help you figure it out.

More »
8 Comments
 
Our Week In The Web: June 19, 2015
Friday, Jun 19, 2015

Why our broadcast changed in different markets this week, and a closer look at a puppet theatre vandalism in rural Norway. (Really).

More »
Comment