Retirement Blog

Friday, December 17, 2010 11:32 am
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

It’s that time of year when we pause to reflect on the events of the past 12 months, and look to the promise of a new year with hope. Are you all set to make some New Year’s resolutions pertaining to your finances, and in particular, your retirement savings? A survey released this week by

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Thursday, December 16, 2010 3:42 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Social Security cost of living adjustments, or COLAs, are shaping up to be a major retirement planning issue in 2011. Here are the two factors that retirees or people thinking about retirement ought to consider. One is the overly generous COLA that Social Security recipients got in 2009, resulting inadvertently in no COLA in either

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010 2:53 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

If your employer offers you a cash balance retirement savings plan, snap it up. It can provide valuable retirement planning stability as well as portability. Cash balance retirement plans are a hybrid mix of old-fashioned pension plans and 401(k)s. Kevin Wagner, senior retirement specialist in the Atlanta office of consultancy Towers Watson, says most companies

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010 4:17 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

My 86-year-old mother-in-law gave my husband his annual holiday check last weekend when we visited. Sometimes she gives me my own check, but this year she said she didn’t think I needed the money and that if I did, my husband could share his. I laughed. Family money — even when there isn’t much of

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Monday, December 13, 2010 3:40 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

My husband and I went to the Army-Navy game last weekend. One of the first of what I hope will be many adventures as he segues from working full time to a part-time, semi-retired schedule. The stands were full of the proud family members of cadets and midshipmen, plus a host of veterans who still

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Sunday, December 12, 2010 10:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Another retirement planning strategy has bitten the dust. Social Security published new rules this week limiting what is known as do-overs. The agency had previously put the word out informally that it intended to put an end to the policy that allowed recipients to file for Social Security, collect for a while, then change their

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Friday, December 10, 2010 11:50 am
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Over the past couple of years, individuals and businesses have focused on deleveraging by cutting spending and paying off debt. The recession scared us all into trying to restore balance to our balance sheets. It’s the responsible thing to do. Extending the Bush-era tax cuts for another two years — cuts which were never paid

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Thursday, December 9, 2010 4:20 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Ward Carroll, editor of Military.com, graduated from the United States Naval Academy and spent the better part of 20 years in the back seat of a Naval jet (picture Goose in “Top Gun”) before leaving the Navy in 1998 to take a job as a GS-13. It was a real letdown for a guy used

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010 4:39 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

When I got out the holiday decorations, I found some pictures of my grandmother baking bread. They were shot sometime in the early 1970s, a few years before she died at 94 in a nursing home, complaining with every breath. It was hard on her, and hard on the rest of us who didn’t have

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010 4:48 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Minneapolis tops the list of the nation’s 30 largest metropolitan areas in terms of retirement readiness, according to a retirement planning survey released today by Ameriprise Financial. The survey measured the likelihood of residents in each metro area to have considered how much money they’ll need to save for retirement and how effective they say

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