Retirement Blog

Friday, August 20, 2010 12:39 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

If aliens invaded Earth and observed cigarette smokers on this planet, they would scratch the body part that contains their brains in an attempt to understand this peculiar behavior. Hmmm. Cigarettes: a leading cause of heart and respiratory disease, has repugnant odor, lingers on clothing, heavily taxed, costly in many ways. No apparent benefits. Why

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Thursday, August 19, 2010 3:20 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The necessities of retirement life that boomers identify are much more luxurious than previous generations enjoyed, according to a study by MainStay Investments, an arm of New York Life. The retirement planning study asked the opinions of 1,049 employed boomers age 45 to 65, with a total of $100,000 or more of investable liquid assets

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010 4:49 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Here’s a potential new retirement planning option that could be worth considering. John K. Lunde, president of Reverse Market Insight Inc., says the reverse mortgage business was off 40 percent in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2009, but he thinks sales are going to pick up after Oct.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010 4:23 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Picking an investment adviser who you instinctively trust to help you with your retirement planning may seem like the way to go, but it’s a lousy way to choose a money manager, says Warren Cormier, president of Boston Research Group and co-founder of the Rand Behavioral Finance Forum. Cromier points to Bernie Madoff as a

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Monday, August 16, 2010 4:32 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

With mortgage rates at record lows, does it make the most sense to refinance a mortgage and pay it off before retirement, or to simply expedite payments in hopes of paying the current debt off more quickly? The answer isn’t obvious and it’s worth doing some calculations as part of your retirement planning. Let’s say

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Sunday, August 15, 2010 10:30 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The housing downturn has had an interesting affect on my inner-ring suburban Detroit neighborhood. As housing prices declined, the people buying homes have gotten younger, dividing the blocks into homes owned by newcomer families with young children and homes occupied by older longtime residents, many of whom once thought they would sell and move to

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Friday, August 13, 2010 4:04 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Pension problems of all types have come to light in recent weeks. Pension funding shortfalls have plagued both private and public plans over the past couple years, thanks in large part to market turbulence. Legislation aimed to alleviate the burden has passed at both the federal and state levels. Employers in the private sector can

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Thursday, August 12, 2010 4:55 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Saving for retirement is easier if you don’t have to think about it. Proposals for making IRA contributions automatic have been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate. by Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., and Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., respectively. The plan is simple. Employees age 18 and older who have been employed for at

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010 5:00 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Lots of retirement planning went awry in 2007 and 2008 when the nation’s financial system went haywire. But investment giant Vanguard reported today in their annual analysis of defined contribution plans, “How America Saves 2010,” that among the 3.2 million 401(k) retirement plans it manages, 66 percent of savers participating since 2007 had higher account

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 5:01 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

A record number of Americans signed up to take Social Security benefits last year — 75 percent of them are younger than full retirement age, which is 66. The huge number of first-time filers combined with the reduction in contributions because of high unemployment has resulted in Social Security taking in less than it paid

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