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, April 11, 2013 5:00 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Would you choose a secure, low-yielding retirement investment over one with a risky but higher return? If you said “yes,” you’re among the majority.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013 5:15 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The White House has proposed a budget that includes capping the value of tax-advantaged retirement savings accounts at about $3 million, a dilemma most of us won’t face.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013 4:43 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Do you have nightmares about retiring and turning into a “bag lady”?

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013 4:19 pm
By Greg McBride, CFA · Bankrate.com

Consumers can still make 2012 individual retirement account contributions through April 15.

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Monday, April 8, 2013 3:02 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Using the chained CPI is one way to spread the pain of managing the budget deficit.

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Monday, April 8, 2013 11:45 am
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Changes are afoot to our retirement system, but some people are calling for radical changes to it, including abolishment of the 401(k) plan.

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Sunday, April 7, 2013 7:15 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

If you haven’t shopped around, there is a good chance you may be paying too much for your prescription drugs.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013 4:00 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Estimates of savings needed to retire are scary. The reality is that for many people, retirement will be much more modest.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013 1:37 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Required minimum distributions at age 70 1/2 are Uncle Sam’s way of finally getting the taxes you deferred for all those years. Here’s how to take away some of the sting.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013 5:51 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Raising the age for Social Security and Medicare puts an unfair burden on those who have physically demanding jobs.

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