Retirement Blog

Sunday, January 23, 2011 10:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Calculating the cost of health care is an important part of retirement planning. If you think that’s easy, you haven’t looked at Medicare regulations recently. Many people living in retirement love their motorized wheelchairs because they provide so much freedom of movement, but since Jan. 1, getting a new electric-powered wheelchair has been a lot

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Friday, January 21, 2011 4:31 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

The House’s repeal of the health care overhaul this week has been deemed largely symbolic since the Senate won’t deal with it. While members of Congress may feel a sense of obligation toward the constituents who voted them in office, the problem is that politicians and Americans are operating under false assumptions. They believe the

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Thursday, January 20, 2011 4:41 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

All the retirement planning and saving in the world won’t help if you don’t pay attention. That includes watching carefully and making sure that the people you hire to manage your money are doing the best job possible. Earlier this week, it was announced that a retired woman from Pittsfield, Mass., was awarded $136,000 in

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011 2:25 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Saving for retirement, especially in the beginning, wasn’t very satisfying to me. I put a small amount of money in a 401(k) every paycheck. My employer put in an even smaller amount. The total grew sluggishly. The day that I would claim this retirement savings seemed far away. At one point, I was an unemployed

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011 4:49 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives today launched an assault on the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, seeking repeal not modification. Medicare recipients have already received some benefits from the law, and this move only increases the complexity of retirement planning. Among the changes are the following key improvements. Partial closing of the the

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011 9:50 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

My 85-year-old mother-in-law died Sunday. Death is always a shock, but hers came only days after we found out that what we thought was a smoker’s cough was actually a very virulent form of lung cancer. She was only lucid for a few hours after the doctor made it clear that she wasn’t going to

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Sunday, January 16, 2011 10:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

My husband is an accountant for an insurance company. Numbers rule his world. I’m a journalist with a left-brain orientation. When it comes to retirement financial planning, I’m from Mars; he’s from Venus. I always thought it was just us, but a recent study by Charles Schwab reports that we’re not alone. Men generally see

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Friday, January 14, 2011 2:53 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

The stock market’s erratic behavior over the past 11 years has frightened investors. Remember this time last year, when everyone was talking about the lost decade? The volatility in 2010 alone was pretty unnerving, especially May’s flash crash. Was it worth it for investors to stick it out? Certainly it was for young investors who

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Thursday, January 13, 2011 5:06 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

I’m looking for three or four volunteers to help demonstrate how much difference the timing of taking Social Security benefits makes in the total amount that you are likely to collect throughout your retirement. The suggestion that for many people delaying Social Security to at least full retirement age is a wise idea inevitably brings

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011 4:40 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

If you’re doing your taxes soon, don’t miss the saver’s credit. It’s a great retirement planning tool. The saver’s credit is available to middle-income workers and those who make less than that who are saving for retirement. Lots of people overlook it — only 10 percent of full-time American workers with annual household incomes of

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