Retirement Blog

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 4:50 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

In case you haven’t noticed, the boss isn’t getting anymore generous with retirement benefits. According to employee-benefits consultant Aon Hewitt: Traditional pensions are going away. Of the 1,300 employers in the consultant’s database, 34 percent had a defined benefit plan in 2010, compared to 61 percent in 2005 and 73 percent in 2000. Of those

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011 5:07 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

You’d think that setting up an IRA or other simple retirement account that doesn’t have a fee would be easy, but I found out today that it’s not a slam-dunk retirement planning step if you don’t have much money. I have four grown sons and only one of them has any significant retirement savings. We

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Monday, January 31, 2011 4:51 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Retirement looks pretty good from the perspective of people who have managed to save a little bit of money. Investment advising company Merrill Lynch surveyed 1,000 baby boomers, ages 46 to 64, who had more than $250,000 in assets they were free to invest. While $250,000 won’t put you in the millionaire’s club, it will offer

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Sunday, January 30, 2011 10:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The future of retirement and retirement planning hangs on figuring out what we’re going to do about Social Security. I have a 31-year-old son who made me and his father itchy at a recent family dinner because he went off on a tangent about the unfairness of Social Security, raising the ire and the voices of

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Friday, January 28, 2011 2:58 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Are you confident you’ll have enough money to get you through retirement? Chances are your employer doesn’t think so. Just three in 10 companies are confident that their workers are sufficiently prepared for retirement, according to a new survey by Aon Hewitt of 210 mid-to-large U.S. companies representing 6.2 million workers. Companies have been revving

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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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