Retirement Blog

The Retirement Blog approaches the subject the way Gladys Kravitz from the old sitcom “Bewitched” might -- by poking a finger through the blinds, hoping to figure it all out, even the bewildering parts. The blog focuses on the financial issues that ordinary retirees might encounter, with an emphasis on topics like managing 401(k)s, IRAs, Social Security, Medicare and the rapidly disappearing old-fashioned pensions. Even if you have a couple of million bucks in the bank, you might find useful information here, but mostly we try to keep average folks up to date on what it takes to retire comfortably. See the latest Retirement Blog posts below.
Thursday, October 2, 2014 12:00 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Playing the Social Security game requires the same strategic skills that might make you good at Monopoly.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 2:15 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

It looks like the 2015 COLA will be about 1.7 percent — bad news for Social Security recipients hoping for more.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 5:09 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Reverse mortgages are getting more respect now that retirees really need the money.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 3:45 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

On average, Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug plan prices aren’t going up much this year. Make sure yours doesn’t buck the trend.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 3:05 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

SIMPLE retirement plans are often overlooked, but there are good reasons to consider them if you are self-employed or have a small business.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 3:10 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Data from the Federal Reserve show that seniors are falling behind financially. They have Fed policy to thank for that.

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Monday, September 22, 2014 12:24 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Here are five financial steps you need to take to get ready to be a caregiver.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014 2:49 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Former Sha-Na-Na frontman Jon “Bowzer” Bauman is defending Medicare and Social Security.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 2:29 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Vanguard founder John Bogle told Congress this week that 401(k)s need to improve if they are to be our main source of retirement savings.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 4:24 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Smart strategies for retirement savings will make a bigger difference than nickel and diming your spending in retirement.

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