Retirement Blog

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 4:19 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Here’s more bad retirement planning news for public employees and for retirees in general, especially those invested in municipal bonds. The nonprofit Pew Center on the States released a report this morning that said the gap between the retirement and health care benefits that states have promised their employees and the amount that they have

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Monday, April 25, 2011 3:35 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

All of us baby boomers are rushing headlong toward retirement. In honor of Older Americans Month in May, the U.S. Census Bureau released these statistics that make clear just how quickly we’re climbing over the hill and sliding down the other side. In 2009, there were 39.6 million Americans 65 and older — about 13

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Sunday, April 24, 2011 10:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Geriatric physician Dr. Katherine Schlaerth, writing in the Los Angeles Times last week, said after observing hundreds of older patients that she is convinced that quitting work is an unhealthy idea. “‘Use it or lose it,’ definitely applies where humans are concerned,” Schlaerth writes. She points to studies that suggest physical and mental decline results

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Friday, April 22, 2011 1:12 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

What’s worse? Dying young, or living well into a second century? Without question, the latter scenario presents a retirement planning conundrum. Last week, on April 14, Walter Breuning of Montana passed away. He had the distinction of being the world’s oldest man at age 114. His philosophy was to embrace change, according to a wonderful

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 3:50 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

More than 12,000 Medicare recipients will receive — or may have already received — an invitation to participate in a landmark study of aging known as the National Health and Aging Trends Study, or NHATS. NHATS is a joint effort between Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the National Institute on Aging. Its

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 2:46 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

I received another study today that said many people don’t think they have enough money to retire and they are either delaying retirement or saying that they know they’ll have to work until they drop, so they’ve given up on retirement planning. It seems I get at least one of these kinds of surveys almost

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011 3:13 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Have you given much thought to leaving money to your grown children? A retirement planning study released today by U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, which offers wealth management for high-net-worth clients — people with at least $3 million in assets to be managed — found that this group of mostly boomers isn’t

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Monday, April 18, 2011 4:20 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

I mailed off my income tax payment this morning. Because I’m self-employed, I also have to pay a substantial amount of Social Security taxes — the worker’s and the employer’s shares. It’s always a big ouch in April when I write the check and settle up. I never feel more ready to embrace retirement than

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Sunday, April 17, 2011 10:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Investments that keep a retirement nest egg safe are tough to find these days. Even municipal bonds, which have been the bedrock of many people’s portfolio for years, are looking shaky these days. I wrote this week about the threat that governments won’t be able to cover their deficits or meet their pension obligations. This

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Friday, April 15, 2011 3:10 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

We are in the middle of National Financial Literacy Month and at the end of National Retirement Planning Week. That makes it a great time to take stock of your progress. This holds true for everyone, but especially for women. Why’s that? Women are often at a disadvantage compared to their male counterparts. They tend

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