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.
Monday, February 2, 2015 3:58 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Social Security makes it a little easier to pay Uncle Sam what you owe him.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015 5:33 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Blue ribbon panel releases proposal to reform military retirement plans and give service people with fewer than 20 years some benefits.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 3:01 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Ida May Fuller claimed the first Social Security benefit check ever, 75 years ago on Jan. 31, 1940. Qualifying for benefits remains a worthy goal.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 1:12 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Personal loans are making a comeback — especially for those who have good credit and a big back account.

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Monday, January 26, 2015 1:03 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Despite availability of online and telephone access, sometimes going to the Social Security office is the right thing to do.

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Friday, January 23, 2015 10:29 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Combining life insurance with long-term care works for some people, but it isn’t a good deal for others.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015 11:19 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

A survey found that among people who could probably afford a leisurely retirement, working remains an appealing option.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 11:59 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

One calculation shows that now could be the right time to hang up your work boots.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 11:32 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The president’s State of the Union speech will focus on ways to help middle-class savers while preventing high-earners from escaping taxes.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015 2:26 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The National Council on Aging has a to-do list for Congress to ensure more older Americans achieve health and economic security.

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