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 16, 2014 5:15 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Unexpected income in retirement can kick you into Medicare surplus territory if you aren’t careful.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 6:05 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The market for devices that help keep an eye on grandma is growing.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014 5:17 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The U.S. fell to No. 13 among 25 nations that have retirement plans. Here are five suggestions for putting our system back in the top half.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014 1:37 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

When dementia takes over, the burdens and costs of retirement escalate.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 12:24 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Pushing your 30-something kids to save for retirement isn’t a duty, but it is a favor to them and and your grandchildren.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014 4:31 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The political battle is still raging over the impact — good or bad — of the Affordable Care Act on Medicare.

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Monday, October 6, 2014 7:00 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Rewards points expert advising racking up the points and taking trips when the deals are best.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014 2:50 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Should you be nervous? Prudential, the big dog in this business, says calm down. It has your back.

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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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