Retirement Blog

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 2:10 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

While consumers take steps to rein in their own debt levels and shore up their savings, the U.S. continues wending its way on the path to profligate spending, as if there’s no tomorrow. The media have brought to our attention that the national debt recently passed the $13 trillion threshold. But David Walker, who served

» Read more
Tags: Debt, Taxes
Friday, June 4, 2010 12:00 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

We watch in horror as BP officials try one solution after another to stem the Deepwater Horizon oil gusher in the Gulf. At the same time, some rather callous investors are asking: Is this a good time to buy BP? True, the stock closed yesterday at $39 and change, down significantly from its pre-crisis level

» Read more
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 2:55 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Have you noticed that the financial Cassandras are out in droves, sounding shrill warnings of imminent disaster? They say you’re delusional if you believe we’re in an economic recovery. Or, you’d better liquidate right now unless you’re prepared to get flattened in yet another stock market crash that promises to be worse than the last.

» Read more
Friday, May 28, 2010 12:51 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Back in 1973, I took a year off after graduating from high school to work in downtown Chicago. The human resources person reeled off the benefits at the title insurance company where I was hired as a clerk typist. “And we have a pension plan,” she said. My eyes glazed over and I remember thinking,

» Read more
Tags: 401k, pensions
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 3:31 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

The issue of 401(k) fees is in the spotlight again. A 401(k) fee disclosure provision has been added to the new stimulus bill, the $190 billion American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act that the House is supposed to vote on this week. Among other things, the new jobs bill extends unemployment insurance to nearly

» Read more
Tags: 401k, Investing
Friday, May 21, 2010 12:43 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Those of us who live in a coastal city near the Gulf of Mexico share a feeling of dread as we wait for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to reach us. Florida thrives on its tourism industry, and it’s also a popular retirement destination. I’ve lived here most of my adult life, drawn to its

» Read more
Tags: Investing
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 5:02 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Next week, French union workers will stage a big protest against their government’s plan to raise the retirement age. They don’t even know yet what age it will be raised to from its current level of 60. The details won’t be released until June. You’ve got to love the French for their moxie. They love

» Read more
Friday, May 14, 2010 3:18 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Our government is interested in promoting retirement security for American workers. In its recent Request for Information, the Treasury and Department of Labor solicited answers to 39 questions about “lifetime income options” from the financial community and the general public. As I mentioned in my most recent blog, it sure did get an earful from

» Read more
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 4:22 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

It’s tough enough funding retirement and having to make decisions about how to invest during the so-called “accumulation” phase. But that ain’t nothin’ compared to converting your retirement savings into a lifelong stream of income during the so-called “distribution” phase. Recently, the Government Accountability Office outlined the challenges Americans face in this endeavor in an

» Read more
Friday, May 7, 2010 5:01 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

The 900-plus point drop in the Dow forces us to think about how best to protect our investment portfolios from market mayhem.

» Read more
Page 124 of 126« First...102030...122123124125126