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, January 14, 2013 3:32 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Which investments are prime targets for index funds, and which need extra management?

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Sunday, January 13, 2013 7:05 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The funds 401(k) administrators select for you to invest in can make a difference in how much money you have for retirement.

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Friday, January 11, 2013 5:31 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

This week Illinois staged its own “fiscal cliff” drama on a smaller scale and with a different ending.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013 2:55 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Adding up your expenses in retirement and comparing them to your potential income is the first retirement planning step.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013 4:47 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Here’s a retirement guideline when you don’t don’t have much money.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013 3:45 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The deadline for getting Social Security electronically is March 1.

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Monday, January 7, 2013 4:47 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Registering for an online Social Security information account will give you an estimate of how much Social Security you’re likely to qualify for.

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Sunday, January 6, 2013 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Between the new Medicare tax and the increase in capital gains, some home sellers could be squeezed.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013 5:01 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Congress gave people planning for retirement at least four gifts in the “fiscal cliff” fix.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013 6:00 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Congress has loosened the rules regarding Roth 401(k) conversions. Does it make sense for you to convert?

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