Retirement Blog

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 2:58 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The cost of nursing home, assisted living and adult day care costs all rose in 2010 from 2009, according to MetLife Mature Market Institute’s annual survey, released today. The numbers here are enough to send most people’s retirement planning into a tailspin. Key findings includ: The national average daily rate for a private room in a

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Monday, October 25, 2010 3:46 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Here’s a retirement planning rule:  Before you retire, get out of debt, then use your credit cards carefully. A rising number of people over 65 are going bankrupt, with the percentage going steadily upward from 2 percent in 1991 to 4 percent in 2001 to 7 percent in 2007 — before the financial meltdown in

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Sunday, October 24, 2010 10:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

We’re nearing the end of the year and now’s the time to think about taxes while you can still do something about your tax situation. Factoring taxes into your retirement planning can make a big difference. Rick Rodgers, a financial planner and author of a new book on retirement, “The New Three-Legged Stool,” points out

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Friday, October 22, 2010 1:10 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

If I somehow manage to strike it rich in the next 10 years, my retirement planning objectives will change. I will buy an apartment in Paris (where property costs are very dear). Once settled, I will spend afternoons at a sidewalk cafe, order “un café au lait, si’l vous plait,” and listen to snippets of

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Thursday, October 21, 2010 3:53 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Choosing the right Medicare supplementary plans is an important part of retirement planning. Open enrollment for those covered by Medicare health and prescription drug plans begins on Nov. 15 and ends on Dec. 31. During this time, you can make changes to an existing plan that you are enrolled in or choose a different plan.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010 3:49 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

More than 80 percent of wives will outlive their husbands by an average of 14 years, according to calculations using U.S. Census data. Retirement plans for couples should take that reality into account. Catherine Avery of Catherine Avery Investment Management, a New York City-based investment management company whose clients are primarily women, says she recommends

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010 4:42 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Figuring out if you’ve saved enough to pay for health care is one of the retirement planning challenges, and the uncertainty about how health care reform will affect Medicare and other insurance plans doesn’t make things any easier. Lots of people object to health care reform, but Medicare, which incorporates many of the same principals,

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Monday, October 18, 2010 4:23 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Last week, I covered a conference in Detroit on plug-in electric cars and was gratified that there were more gray hairs than trendy young things. I interviewed the CEO of Protean Electric, Bob Purcell, who used to head up General Motors Co.’s advanced technology group and launched the EV1, which led the way to today’s

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Sunday, October 17, 2010 10:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

How good is the 401(k) retirement plan offered to you by your employer? It can be hard to evaluate, though if your employer matches your contribution, it is almost always smart to save enough in your 401(k) to get the full match. Otherwise, you’re just leaving money on the table. But if your employer doesn’t

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Friday, October 15, 2010 1:21 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Earlier this week, more than 1 million people flooded the streets of Paris to protest government plans to raise the retirement age for the country’s public pension system from 60 to 62. It was the fourth such strike this month. Serbia has plans to increase its early retirement age from 53 to 58, according to

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