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hi, everyone. welcome to "on the money." i'm sue herera filling in for becky quick. if you have a job, you pay into it. if you're retired now, you get it, but how long will social security be around? the most reliable cars you can find. surprises at the top and the bottom of the list and the american brand that finally cracks the pay your money and make your choice. we're talking open enrollment. how to make the tough decisions about your benefits. and an $8 billion industry with just a little time to make a lot of profit. the scary business of halloween. >> agh! >> "on the money" starts right now. ?? >> announcer: this is "on the money," your money, your life, your future.
security. next year americans who receive benefits will be getting a small cost of living increase, .3%. that's an average of just $4 a month. can retirees who rely on social security payments survive on those numbers? saving the safety net is this week's cover story. >> reporter: each year the social security administration determines how much the cost of living or c.o.l.a. increase will be based on the consumer price index, and that's a goods and services tracked by the federal government which includes everything from food to housing to gasoline. increases have ranged from more than 14% in 1980 to 0 in 2016. critics say that c.o.l.a. does not properly weigh the rising cost of health care and groceries which impact seniors. the debate over the social security increase comes at the same time as concerns are increasing about the program's future and stability. the system is funded by workers'
or fica. the proceeds are paid out to retirees. any excess is put into a trust fund which generates a small amount of interest, but that fund is projected to run out of money by the year 2034. workers pay 6.2% of their salary towards the program, up to a cap of $118,500 which will increase to $127,200 next year. the problem is the u.s. population is aging with more people ri new workers joining the workforce to replace them. what needs to be done to keep social security sustainable? neil irwin joins us, a "new york times" senior economic correspondent. good to see you, neil. thanks for joining us. you know, an enormous amount of people rely on social security, of course. the question is why is the cost of living increase so small, especially recently? >> the simple answer is inflation is very low. energy prices have been falling. food prices this year have
you know, there's plenty of costs, especially seniors and people on social security receive that are rising faster and health care is a big one. >> that begs the question whether or not we need to change the way it's calculated. i mean, because if it doesn't include some of those things that are moving higher like the cost of fooled, like the cost of health care, is it really calculated in the correct way? >> yeah. there's an interesting question, should you calculate is on the basket of goods, things that ci are consuming and would that be a slightly different number, probably higher, than they calculate with a broad set of consumer goods and that's a real interesting argument. >> there is going to come a point where social security runs out of money. is it going to take that for congress to take any kind of action? do we have to get -- some would say we're in a crisis now, but is it going to take that running out of money point, that -- that end of the road point before congress takes some action?
able to plan ahead. in 1983 there was social security reform and raised the retirement age over gradually phased in. most people don't even notice. it happened kind of automatically so that was kind of a forward-looking policy back in 1983. there's not much evidence that there's a ton of momentum towards that now and this cuts in the other direction of what you're raising on the cost of living. if you want to increase the cost of living adjustments to use a different measure of inflation, that actually makes it more expensive and makes the financial challenges greater. it's a kind of c trade-offs. >> oh, yes. it's not easy. >> there are some who say that those who are wealthy get better health care and therefore live longer and as a result of that maybe they don't need social security. maybe we should recalculate the entire system. maybe not everyone should be eligible for social security. >> yeah. there's really interesting evidence that's come out just this year. it's always been the case that wealthy people live longer than poorer people hand that gap is widening, and the life span gap
implications for social security. this program that's meant to be progressive, meant to hem people at the lower and middle end of the income difficulty abuse, you know, have a better life. if wealthy people are living a lot longer, that's more financially advantageous to them. how do you change that? that gets very tricky because the whole ideaed is to have a baseline income for retirees. >> what if you change the retirement age? i mean, there are arguments not just for social security but for others, you know, that say age to 67 or 70. would that solve the problem or make the problem worse? >> well, that would definitely make the solvency issue better, one approach to make the program solvent past 2035 when the trust fund is expected to run out. the problem to keep in mind is that's easy for people in white collar job, executives, jobs that people can keep doing into their 60s and 70s to say if
your hands, a miner, a naturaler, you know, doing something that's more physically taxing, it's hard to keep worker until you're 65 or 70. >> that's true. >> so there's consequences if you try to range the retirement age that's problematic as well. >> thanks so much, neil. we didn't solve the problem but we made some progress. >> thank you. >> now a look at what's making news as we head into a new week "on mo america's economy was surprisingly strong last quarter. the gross national product grew at an annual rate of 2.9%. that's better than expected and the best number in two years. it's in part due to strong exports in consumer spending. the gdp is the broadest measure of the size and scope of the u.s. economy. the markets didn't do a whole lot most of the week. the dow was up one day and down the next, mostly following earnings news. the nasdaq soared early, up 1% on monday and gave back most of
stocks fell on friday. home mortgage rates continue to fall. mortgage finance company freddie mac says the average 30-year fixed rate is now 3.47%, down from a week earlier. the rates are relatively stable and near record lows. twitter is killing vine. the video-sharing service will shut down in the coming months. vine allows users to share six-second video clips. twitter is also laying off about 10% of its work force or about 300 people. up driven to perfection, well, not quite. we'll have "consumer reports'" ranking of the most reliable cars, and there are a few surprises, and a bit later we are off to the races. how one woman is using an unusual platform to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. now a look at how the stock
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you're spending a whole lot of money to buy or lease a car, reliability has to be near the top of your list. well, "consumer reports" has a list of its own that can help. it is the annual reliability rankings put together by the magazine, and there are a few surprises. some are at the bottom and one at the top. phil lebeau reports on the american brand that shines. >> reporter: they are not the buicks are turning heads, especially after the latest report on auto reliability by "consumer reports" which ranks buick as the third most reliable brand behind lexus and toyota. if >> if you look at the top three, it's toyota, lexus, no surprise there, conservative companies with a real good reputation of putting out reliable vehicles, but above any of the other japanese automakers, above honda, above subaru, we see
>> reporter: while buicks are getting bert according to "consumer reports," hondas are not as reliable. in fact, the late version of the civic, one of the most popular cars in america, dropped in the survey due to problems with the power train and infotainment system. honda says it respects the survey results and is working to enhance the usability and functionality of its vehicles. meanwhile, issues with the falcon wing doors in the new tesla model x "consumer reports" ranks it as the least reliable luxury mid-sized suv, but the brands with the poorest rankings are ram, fiat and chrysler. >> fiat chrysler really continues to stumble. the platforms that they have for fiat have not proven reliable. >> fiat chrysler says despite the survey result company's own internal measurements continue to show positive growth towards vehicle quality. this report is based on subscribers of "consumer
saying here's what works and what is not working with my particular vehicle, and the number one complaint, sue, infotainment systems or in-car connectivity systems that aren't working the way they are snowed to. >> or complicated. thanks, phil. the sole female driver in the indy 500 last year as well as the only one to do so in pink. pippa mann joins us now from racing capital indianapolis to talk about her drive to raise cancer research. pippa, thank you so much for joining us. i would like to start with how you got your start in racing. >> most drivers have someone in their family or a family friend who is involved in racing, but for me i just grew up as a race fan, and then one day one of my friends had a birthday party at the indoor go cart track and, you know, man for me, that was it. that was the moment and i should never have looked back from that day forward.
year. your car obviously stands out in the pack. bright pink, and that's because you became involved with the susan g. komen foundation. how did that happen? >> it does stand out, and, you know, i have to start this story but saying i was never the girl who wore pink at the racetrack. i was anti-pink at the racetrack because i just wanted to be one of the other drivers, i wanted to blend in, but i started to follow the career of sarah fisher in indycar. she was the whom i've ever heard of having that level of success in hope wheel. sarah and her team turned her car pink in october in support of breast cancer awareness, and i thought, you know what, this is something that runs in my family, a really cool thing to do with your platform as an athlete. >> absolutely. >> and then sarah retired as a driver and so this sort of went away from indycar racing, and you have these thoughts of, you know, someone should do
something? and so this started with taking my red and yellow helmet and turning all of the red areas pink, adding the susan g. komen running ribbon and allowing my local affiliate here in central indiana to auction it off after the indy 500. >> you've been an inspiration and not only are you helping raise awareness for breast cancer, you really have become an inspiration for young girls, especially those who look at the sport which is a male-dominated sp you to xeelt and do as well as you have in this -- in this male-dominated sport? >> you know, racing is a tough sport, but one of the things i've really enjoyed since moving to the u.s. is racing in the u.s. i really am treated as an equal by nearly all of the other drivers on the track. my team treats me just as another driver. and as the girl who never wore pink at the racetrack, that was
all out there with the pink race car. it was how this would affect all of those little girls who were fans racing just as i was when i was a little girl. >> pippa, thank you so much. you are indeed an inspiration, and it has just been a pleasure and privilege to have you with us. thank you. >> well, thank you. >> up next we're "on the money." it's election season and, no, we're not talking about hillary or donald. how to make the best choices when it comes to your benefits. and later,ow experience? see what demons, ghouls and, yes, clown narrator: the target... seniors. danny tarkanian set up thirteen fake charities that preyed on vulnerable seniors... fronts for telemarketing schemes. seniors lost millions from the scams danny tarkanian helped set up. jacky rosen has always led with integrity. in congress, jacky rosen will protect seniors and strengthen social security.
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deductible plans could be right for you because you don't want to pay a lot in people yurnlgs and the opposite might hold true if you see a lot of doctors and have a lot of prescriptions then maybe you want to look for plans with lower deductibles where paying more premium could be advantageous. >> a lot of people also want to put money in hsa or an ffsa. how much ideally should you put away? >> even though there's tax benefits for putting money into those plans, you first what you can afford to do and go up as much as you can to the limit based on that affordability. >> what about disability insurance? i mean, everybody worries about being, you know, having an accident, being disabled. is it worth it to take on that disability insurance? are there some parameters as to who should do it hand maybe who shouldn't? >> yeah. i'm a big fan of receiving group disability insurance. typically that's more affordable to receive a group plan than it is to go out and buy an individual plan and protecting
protecting one of the most important things that you have, your ability to earn money, so i would encourage you to take advantage of what you can afford again to apply for through your employer. typically long-term disability plans will allow you to protect up to 60% of your base salary, and you can receive that benefit tax-free assuming you're paying for those premiums on an after-tax basis. >> now, what's the biggest mistake that you see people making in open enromment? >> i think to enroll. i mean, it seems so obvious, but when you're caught up in your life and busy and it's -- most of it is online now, it's very easy to forget that. you actually have to log in hadn't make your elections and that can be a real bummer to say hey, it's one day past open enrollment and you just missed out. and also make sure that you don't let too much benefit or too much insurance again due to affordability.
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that may impact your money this week. look out for ghosts and goblins ringing your doorbell because monday is halloween. we'll also get a read on the consumer with personal income and spending. on tuesday we'll get the latest report card on manufacturing from the institute of supply management. we'll also see how the automakers are faring with october's car sales. on wednesday, the federal open market committee ends its two-day meeting with an announcement on interest rates, and on friday jobs the economy gained or lost when the employment report is released. if you're looking for a scare this halloween, you could probably find one at a haunted house, but what if the ghoulses and zombies were outside and stalking you under the darkness of night? gives me chills just thinking about it. well, we found one in new york city called haunted hay ride. >> definitely an adventure. definitely an adventure.
>> it does take you different places. one minute you're in a church and then you're like in a swampy area, and now you're like in a junk yard and oh, my gosh, what's happening. >> absolutely terrifying, like everything is just there. like you just really watch out. >> agh! >> they are always on you. >> you don't know what's coming. >> agh! >> i think i'd come back this season. >> oh, god. >> yikes. melissa carbone is ceo of 1031 productions, the company behind the haunted hay ride. nice to see you, mel shampt thanks for joining us. >> nice to see you, too. lost sound of those screams. >> oh, my gosh. we just gave them a glimpse of the haunted hay ride. who comes to it? we saw a wide variety of people.
so it's a very 18-34 demographic. lots of teens and college kids canned lots of families. that's a ton of fun. >> well, you know, hooksly we heard screaming, but a lot of laughing, too. i mean, it seems like it's kind of a fun event and a scary event. >> absolutely. we always say if we can scare a handful of people on a wagon everyone has fun. everyone else has fun laughing at the people terrifying and being annihilated by the monsters. >> how did you come up with this idea? >> you know organic. i had a house in westwood,icle, a little suburban part of california, and every year we would have 200, 300 kids coming through our yard and i was building these elaborate home displays. >> wow. >> and i didn't realize at the time that i was a home haunter, but i was, and one day i realized houm people were coming through and i wanted to do the research behind the actual day, the halloween revenue, and it was giant at the time. it was a $6 billion industry.
at $1.4 billion, so for a town like l.a. i thought it was a little underserved so i thought i would be the one to start bringing halloween in a big way to l.a. >> and you did. >> i did. >> you know, halloween is a once-a-year event. >> mm-hmm. >> what about profitability? >> it's a seasonal event, but it is still an $8.4 billion industry. this was an industry at $8.4 billion that you have to really think hard to -- to come up with who the leader in the industry is so it's kind of u f a darkiors multi-billion dollar industry and, you know, whether seasonal or not, that type of revenue can sustain a business. >> you've been in l.a. for eight years. >> yeah. >> but this is the second year in new york, l.a. and new york, kind of on either coast. are you going to expand to other cities? >> yeah, absolutely. right now the focus was new york and i think next year our focus is going to be texas. we're going to go into the
infiltrating texas. >> you'll be terrifying people across the country. >> with any luck. >> best of luck to you. thanks so much, melissa. >> thank you so much. my pleasure. >> that's our show for today. i'm sue herera in for becky quick. next week with the election almost here, money moves you should make no matter who wins. each week keep it right here. we are "on the money." have a great one, and we'll see
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