Retirement Blog

Sunday, August 1, 2010 10:30 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

We’re not the only country in the world struggling with retirement planning and facing a dilemma over how to fund programs like Social Security. Britain announced Friday that it would eliminate mandatory retirement at 65. The government said that the change was designed to give people more choice, but cynics pointed out that in January

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Friday, July 30, 2010 3:12 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Have you ever dealt with a broker who foiled your retirement plans? Now’s your chance to tell an authority that is willing to listen. The Securities and Exchange Commission is soliciting public comments to evaluate whether broker-dealers should be held to the same standard as investment advisers. If you’re not aware that they are held

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Thursday, July 29, 2010 2:58 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

My brother-in-law, who retired this month, called my accountant husband last night with a retirement planning question. He wanted to know whether to roll over his 401(k) into an individually managed IRA — or leave it with his former employer. My brother-in-law is a union member who took early retirement from a major communications corporation.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:10 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The National Council on Aging says that most older Americans don’t understand health reform or how it will affect them. In recent research, the organization found that only 17 percent could correctly answer half of the factual questions about health care reform that the study posed. A key aspect of retirement planning is figuring out

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010 3:10 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

One of the characteristics that separate boomers and their retirement planning from that of generations older than they are and the Gen Xers that follow is the experience of having done everything throughout their lives in a crowd. In my case, there were 50 kids in my elementary school classes and 60,000 students on the main

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Monday, July 26, 2010 3:51 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The London Sun says that the Rolling Stones are negotiating to do one last tour before their retirement. In “Start Me Up,” the Stones sang “Never, Never, Stop.” And the retirement planning that guitarist Keith Richards emphasized in an interview with Fortune magazine eight years ago was open-ended. “How long can we go on?” Richards

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Sunday, July 25, 2010 10:30 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

My husband and I have never been good at telling our kids no. Even now, as we near retirement and  they are adults with paychecks and families of their own, when they ask for help or we see them struggle, we pull out our wallets. A recent survey from MetLife Research shows that we aren’t

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Friday, July 23, 2010 3:25 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

A new study released by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College finds that middle-age adults make fewer financial mistakes than younger or older people. This in and of itself isn’t alarming news. Our “fluid intelligence,” or our ability to tackle new tasks, involves working memory, reasoning, spatial visualization and cognitive processing speed, according

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Thursday, July 22, 2010 2:14 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Employers in many fields are making it harder to save enough money to retire. That makes retirement planning a lot more difficult. A study by consultants Towers Watson found that the value of total retirement benefits provided to new salaried employees between 1998 and 2008 in the eight industries it surveyed declined by 19 percent,

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:30 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Several years ago, I used to do frequent work for the National Association of Investors Corp., an organization that manages investment clubs. Many of the members are people in retirement who have time to dabble in investment theory. One of their favorite mentors is Jeremy Grantham, chairman of the board of Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo,

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