Retirement Blog

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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Tuesday, July 20, 2010 4:04 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Marv Recht, executive-in-residence at Butler University in Indianapolis, estimates that he retired from General Motors 18 years ago for about 12 hours and by that time, he had a new job. “I flunked retirement,” he says. Recht, who was human resource director for the Indianapolis plant, left GM at age 57 when the company sold

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Monday, July 19, 2010 3:04 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Learning to live off your investments in retirement is harder than saving the money to begin with. Particularly in this unpredictable investment environment, cutting yourself a regular retirement check from your investments can be scary. Purchasing an annuity is a retirement planning possibility that many retirees are reluctant to embrace because there’s no inflation protection

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Sunday, July 18, 2010 10:30 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Do you know how much your 401(k) provider charges you in fees? It can have a big impact on your retirement planning. It’s hard to calculate savings if you don’t know how much in fees the total is being reduced by. Most people get their 401(k) retirement savings plans through their employers and even if they

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