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Barbara Mlotek Whelehan   Expert: Barbara Mlotek Whelehan
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"Working" does not appear in the definition of "retired"
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Retiring on your own terms
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That poll is just one facet of Bankrate's new Retirement Channel -- which is a special section of the site devoted to all things retirement. The publisher and editors of Bankrate are so committed to this effort that we intend to keep you informed and entertained with a deluge of information to help Americans reach their retirement goals. Bookmark it and return often.

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Besides the poll and its rather startling results, we have other treats in store for you.

The launch of Bankrate's Retirement channel includes an interview with author and actor Ben Stein about how to invest for retirement. He shares insights about the mind-set Americans need to adopt, and also lists some of his favorite exchange-traded funds, or ETFs.

Another treat is an excerpt from Lee Eisenberg's "The Number," a book that you must read from cover to cover because it's a hoot, pure and simple.

Our retirement planning content is organized according to life stage -- so that anyone at any phase of their career can find articles intended just for them.

For those who don't know a defined contribution plan from their own protruding proboscis, we are unrolling basic retirement articles to help you navigate this often-complicated area. We also provide an enhanced map of retirement communities around the U.S., in case your plans may involve a move to Spokane, Wash., or someplace else. And we plan to regularly feature a money makeover on Bankrate readers who wish to consult our experts about whether they're on the right track.

Besides providing calculators and tools to help you determine where you stand and how much you need to save, we'll run articles by expert columnists on topics ranging from basic how-to-save strategies, to IRS rules about gifting and how to create a trust for a special-needs child.

We are open to your feedback. What question about retirement do you have for our experts? What types of articles would you like to see on the topic of retirement planning? Write to me and tell me what you'd like to see, and feel free to share your own success stories or dreams.

This retirement channel was created for you -- because we think thoughts of retirement should move from nagging anxiety to a concrete plan. That way you can leave the workforce on your terms -- whenever you're good and ready to move on to that new phase of life called freedom.'s corrections policy -- Posted: Oct. 1, 2007
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