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Ted Fishman column: Retirees face their own 'fiscal cliff'

12:40 AM, Jan. 14, 2013
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The recent "fiscal cliff" deal allows the federal government to keep the lights on for now, but the last-minute deal and any coming spending cuts must dim the future for some.

One group with a darker financial future is older Americans. With some new twists to old-fashioned retirement savings plans, Americans can fill some gaps we can expect as Social Security, Medicare and other safety net programs get recast.

Though Congress has yet to strike a deal on spending cuts, it looks as if the coming so-called grand bargain, and any deals struck after that, will require older Americans to rely more on ...

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