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.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 5:21 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Health care reform is likely to affect retiree health plans — maybe for the better.

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Monday, October 1, 2012 5:02 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Some experts are predicting that old-fashioned, defined benefit pensions will make a comeback, especially if interest rates rise significantly.

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Sunday, September 30, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Solve the public pension dilemma by equalizing public and private pensions so taxpayers don’t have pension envy.

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Friday, September 28, 2012 5:00 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Young people in droves are saving money in their 401(k) plans. After witnessing their parents’ finances unravel, they want to prevent that from happening to them.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012 5:09 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

If you got a 401(k) fee disclosure report and you haven’t read it, the Department of Labor says “shame on you.”

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012 5:14 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Changes in Social Security and Medicare neared the top of the list of retirement concerns for people of all age groups surveyed about retirement worries.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012 5:04 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Social Security recipients can expect a 1.3 percent cost-of-living raise in 2013, but that won’t cover expected Medicare Part D increases.

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Monday, September 24, 2012 5:40 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

An extended Illinois family set up an innovative family trust to help their offspring pay for college, lending $170,000 interest-free.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

No matter what you do, you’ll almost certainly have to grapple with these five retirement realities as you strive to grow old gracefully.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012 3:16 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Do you know the “Seven Essential Habits of Highly Confident Retirees”?

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