Retirement Blog

Thursday, January 27, 2011 4:44 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

If you’re like me, you’re nosy about how your retirement planning is going compared to how the neighbors are doing. For us financial voyeurs, the Center for Economic and Policy Research today released a calculator that provides that information. You plug in your planned date of retirement, current income, estimated mortgage and other debt, savings, stocks

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Thursday, January 27, 2011 9:39 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

First, the good retirement planning news. I’ve been reporting recently on trends in the apartment market. You’ll be happy to know that the apartment business is booming, in large part because people between age 18 and 30 — prime renting age — are finding jobs and moving out of their parents’ basements and into their

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 3:37 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Retirement planning is big business. Everybody wants a piece of it. I’ve had five telephone calls so far today from salespeople pitching annuities. It only takes me a minute to say “no thanks” and hang up, but it’s still annoying. The last time the phone rang, I turned the tables on the caller. I asked

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Monday, January 24, 2011 5:15 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Retirement planning takes center stage Tuesday night along with President Barack Obama. The Washington Post reported on Monday that over the weekend Obama decided that during the State of Union address he won’t endorse the deficit commission’s recommendation to raise the retirement age and otherwise reduce Social Security benefits by changing how the cost of

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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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