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, September 6, 2012 5:18 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

By now you should have received the new report on your 401(k) required by the U.S. Department of Labor

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012 3:42 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The Social Security Administration is buying bullets. Officials claim they’re not saying “make my day” to senior citizens.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012 3:50 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Some drug prices posted on Medicare.gov were 10 times lower than what customers at Walgreens and CVS were charged, and the FTC is making good on that mistake.

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Monday, September 3, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Retirement may not be all it’s cracked up to be if you have trouble filling your days.

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Sunday, September 2, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Two University of Michigan economists offer a plan that would reward older workers for staying on the job, delaying Social Security and paying more income tax.

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Friday, August 31, 2012 12:18 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

It’s been one of those weeks where news about retirement was more entertaining than depressing.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012 5:57 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Life settlements are a sophisticated investment, and a number of the companies that offer them are under investigation. Invest cautiously.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012 4:21 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

If you must drive when you are old, pick a car that has age-friendly features. Here’s a list from Consumer Reports.

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Monday, August 27, 2012 5:06 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Have a back-up plan for work — especially if you are young and doing physically demanding work — because it will help you be able to retire when you want.

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Friday, August 24, 2012 4:12 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Homes that can accommodate multigenerational families is the latest housing trend and something to consider as you do retirement planning.

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