Retirement Blog

Monday, December 26, 2011 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

If you think you and your spouse are the only couple who don’t see eye to eye about retirement, don’t feel so special. A new study for Fidelity Investments found that most couples have major retirement planning disagreements. The study found: Forty-seven percent of couples approaching retirement don’t agree on whether they will continue to

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Sunday, December 25, 2011 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

My husband and I are at the beach for the holidays. We thought it would be just us this year because our kids were all planning to do something else — like visiting their in-laws or working. Frankly, we weren’t unhappy about their plans. For the last couple of years, we’ve gone to great lengths

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Thursday, December 22, 2011 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

So much of the promotion and advertising surrounding retirement focuses on scaring baby boomers straight, persuading them that they need to save money and buy insurance — or else. It’s a constant barrage of negativity. That’s why Prudential Financial’s new ad campaign — on TV, on billboards and online — is so appealing. Prudential’s retirement

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011 2:27 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Being poor isn’t part of anybody’s retirement planning, but it happens, and for those people, government programs are key to surviving in retirement. One of the programs left hanging by the high-stakes game of chicken that Congress is playing is a fund called QI, short for Qualified Individual, that pays Medicare Part B premiums for

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011 3:42 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

If you have a special needs child, grandchild or other loved one you plan to give a significant gift to this holiday or as part of your retirement planning, Shomari Hearn, a certified financial planner with Palisades Hudson Financial Group’s Fort Lauderdale office, advises that you give these gifts carefully. Hearn, who is an expert

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Monday, December 19, 2011 5:01 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The unemployment rate for people older than 55 is 7.3 percent — relatively low compared to that of younger people, but a recent report from the Congressional Research Service said once older people have lost a job, it is hard for them to find another. About 50 percent of out-of-work people older than 55 have

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Sunday, December 18, 2011 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

We’re only a dozen days from the end of the year, and if you haven’t contributed enough to get the full employer match from your 401(k) retirement plan, better get cracking. Here’s the reason why. Some people argue that 401(k) matches actually just reduce the amount of income that employers pay workers. That is, if

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Friday, December 16, 2011 3:42 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

I’m looking forward to retirement because I’ll be able to spend my time reading to my heart’s content. My first love is fiction because of its power to transport readers to new realms. But nonfiction titles can expand horizons in a different way. Free books are one of the few perks enjoyed by journalists, and

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Thursday, December 15, 2011 3:58 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Former child star and current Social Security spokeswoman Patty Duke turned 65 this week. I used to watch the Patty Duke Show — in black and white with lots of fuzz. But I didn’t care; I was a fan. Now, 48 years later, I have a perfectly clear, flat screen TV, fuzzy eyesight and a

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011 5:20 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

About 25 percent of the 5 million Americans who have been unemployed for a year or more are between the ages of 55 and 64. Of those, about half have been unemployed for at least two years, and 26 percent haven’t worked in three or more years, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family

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