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Kathy Stokes participating in Webinar!

Savvy Saving Seniors Webinar

Join WISER Fellow Kathy Stokes on 4/24 for a National Council on Aging (NCOA) webinar! Titled, "Steps to Avoiding Scams and Fraud", it will focus on common scams targeting seniors and how to avoid them. Kathy will disucss the the Savvy Saving Seniors toolkit, developed by NCOA and WISER! This toolkit offers seniors ways to avoid scams and fraud.

Improving Retirement Outcomes

Improving Retirement Outcomes

A Lunch and Learn Event


On May 7th, WISER is co-hosting a lunch event with IRI! Come share a meal with use and learn about ways to strengthen retirement security and gains insights into the latest research on women’s retirement readiness. Speakers include Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Gwen Moore, and Rep. Phil Roe. RSVP to David Aston at

WISER`s Featured on NPR

NPR recently featured WISER on two of its programs. All Things Considered took a look at WISER's Appalachian Savings Project which is now in its second year. This program helps low-income workers without access to employer plans - specifically childcare workers in the West Virginia and Ohio Appalachian region - save for retirement.

WISER President, Cindy Hounsell, spoke with the Morning Edition on why women are not investing, despite needing more money in retirement than men. Women are terrified of retiring with little savings, but have remained hands-off when making investment decisions.

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Nearing Age 70 1/2? The Law Requires You to Start Pulling Out Your Retirement Savings

WISER receives lots of questions from women about how to take distributions from their retirement accounts: What are the rules? How much will I have to pay in taxes? How can I minimize those costs? We begin to tackle this topic in our latest newsletter. Other featured articles include President Obama's myRA plan, information for living to 100, and tax tips.

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Use WISER's calculator to determine when you should start saving for retirement and how much you can really afford to save. It's an excel file.