Retirement Blog

Thursday, December 8, 2011 6:19 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

For many, retirement brings serious financial challenges. If that’s true for you, here’s some information to factor into your retirement planning. More than 80 percent of people 60 and older with incomes that are less than 250 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for –  but not enrolled — in one or more

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011 4:07 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Does your retirement planning include how you will get around when you are too old to drive? Florida State University surveyed Floridians 50 and older to determine how they thought they were going to get around when they were no longer able to get behind the wheel themselves. 23 percent said they will rely on

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011 4:39 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

A team of economic researchers at Harvard University and Yale University rounded up MBA students and staffers and asked them to choose which index funds were the best investments. Despite having loads of experience and lots of brain power — the MBA students were from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, one of

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Monday, December 5, 2011 4:33 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

A reform of Social Security has to be chief among the considerations that younger workers have as they think about retirement planning. A reform plan outlined a year ago by President Barack Obama’s fiscal commission is attracting more attention since the deficit-reduction “Super Committee” failed to agree. Last year’s bipartisan panel, chaired by Erskine Bowles

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Sunday, December 4, 2011 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Rising Medicare costs are daunting and could adversely affect even the most carefully considered retirement planning, but reforms that aren’t well considered could be equally costly. A new report by the Urban Institute, a nonprofit public-policy think tank, calculates that the healthcare reform — the Affordable Care Act — will reduce the projected growth of

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Friday, December 2, 2011 3:25 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

No doubt you heard that American Airlines’ parent company, AMR, filed for bankruptcy earlier this week. But is it true its underfunded pensions are the main reason behind the filing? That was the question raised in a story appearing on ai-cio.com, an industry publication for institutional investors. It appears that the company is carrying too

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Thursday, December 1, 2011 1:44 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Taking a hard look at your 401(k) is a great end-of-the-year retirement-planning step. Review your bottom line. Are you on target to have an adequate amount of savings on your preferred retirement date? If not, now is the time to take action. Increase your savings rate. Very few of us are saving too much. Even

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011 3:29 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Starting a third career in your 60s is a daunting prospect. But Merilee Griffin, a former high school English and social studies teacher in Lansing, Mich., has practice. She took early retirement from the public school system and went into the public relations business, then she  returned to Michigan State to earn a Ph.D. Her

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011 11:48 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Companies that make a profit off of providing investment advice are looking hungrily for ways to persuade people involved in retirement planning to turn to them for advice. While they’d like to grab customers who are really affluent, they are also finding ways to sell their services to what is known as the Mass Affluent

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Monday, November 28, 2011 4:36 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The Securities and Exchange Commission has released a very straight-forward and useful guide to retirement planning scams. If you are within shouting distance of retirement, chances are you’ve been approached by someone promising you the moon. Probably, you’ve been smart enough to say no and run the other direction. But the scammers get better all

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