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 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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Monday, April 1, 2013 5:15 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Five years after the Great Recession hit savers hard, a survey shows that more than half of investors are back on their feet and have regained their confidence.

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Sunday, March 31, 2013 7:05 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Here are some suggestions for someone who is facing retirement with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Friday, March 29, 2013 5:15 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Boomers could do well to take their children aside and implore them to start saving now. This would be a great legacy to leave.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013 3:33 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Putting money in an IRA, even if you have to do it by reducing your contribution to your 401(k) plan at work, can be a smart strategy.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 3:33 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Here are 10 ways to avoid being bilked and keep the financial wolves from your door.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 12:49 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Consider these five lifestyle decisions that make retirement planning a priority.

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Monday, March 25, 2013 3:44 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Boomers owe it to the younger generation to stabilize Social Security and make saving for retirement easier.

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