Retirement Blog

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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Monday, December 6, 2010 4:01 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The first decade of the 21st century is ending. Like it or not, you’re not getting any younger. Here are six retirement planning steps to take before 2011. No procrastinating! 1. Get the full 401(k) match from your employer. Before you get that last paycheck of the year, call HR and tell them to move

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Sunday, December 5, 2010 10:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The deficit reduction panel, otherwise known as the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, released its final recommendations this week. One of the things it took aim at is tax-advantaged 401(k) savings accounts, an important part of most people’s retirement planning. The proposal would: Consolidate retirement accounts (401(k)s, IRAs, SEPs, etc., into one retirement

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Friday, December 3, 2010 3:17 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

“The Moment of Truth” has rattled a lot of special interests. That’s the name of the final report issued Wednesday by the Debt Commission. Eleven of the 18-member National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform cast their votes in support of the plan this morning, short of the 14 votes needed to issue a formal

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