Retirement Blog

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 4:58 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Workplace retirement savings plans, including 401(k)s and IRAs, are tax loopholes that benefit taxpayers at all income levels.

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Monday, April 16, 2012 5:17 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The most compelling reason for employers to offer employees help getting ready for retirement is to discourage them from staying too long on the job.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Retirees want three things from their retirement income: A very low risk of outliving their money. Predictable, consistent availability of income. Enough liquidity that they feel flexible enough to pay for emergencies — or splurges. But as the Rolling Stones sang, “You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, well, you

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Friday, April 13, 2012 5:01 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of boomers expect to work after retirement to supplement their incomes.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:31 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The 4 percent rule, which says most retirees can safely spend 4 percent of their retirement savings annually and not run out of money, has been under a lot of scrutiny lately for a variety of good reasons, including the obvious: Interest rates are lousy.

Roger Nusbaum, who is an Arizona-based financial adviser and chief of his local volunteer fire department, reduces the rule to very simple retirement planning math. If you have saved $1 million, you can confidently take out $30,000 to $50,000 a year for as long as you live. But if you feel compelled to spend $80,000 to $100,000, there’s a big likelihood your money is going to run out while you still need it.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012 4:17 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

My 102-year-old friend has been struggling with the prospect of losing her two long-time caregivers. One of them is retiring and moving home to Africa. The other is marrying and moving to the West Coast.

My friend’s children, who are themselves past the age of retirement, are urging her to be more flexible about her care arrangements and consider some combination of in-home help and adult day care. But as her doctor says, “People at this age can be inflexible and have a strong sense of entitlement.” So it’s not easy — nor is it cheap. If you were hoping to reach this age, keep that in mind.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012 5:13 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Why is it that more people die when the economy is on the upswing than when times are tougher?

The Center for Retirement Research took on the challenge of answering this question and came up with some really depressing conclusions, released today, that gave me, at least, pause about longevity and retirement planning.

At first blush, researchers proposed that the death rate rises when the economy is good because workers are working longer, sleeping less and eating lots of bad food, such as delivery pizza and burgers. But on closer analysis, people ages 65 and older accounted for 75 percent of the additional deaths. Women older than 65 alone represented 55 percent of the additional deaths.

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Monday, April 9, 2012 2:38 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Last week, I wrote about the early boomer rush to retirement.

According to a survey by MetLife, 45 percent of 65-year-old boomers are now fully retired, up from 19 percent in 2008. Another 14 percent say they are officially retired but working part time or seasonally. And of those who continue to work, 37 percent say they plan to retire in 2012.

I found these numbers surprising, but among the dozen or so people who commented, many understood perfectly why so many boomers are packing it in early. However you see it, this provides an interesting glimpse at retirement planning.

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Sunday, April 8, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Retirement planning is a worldwide issue. The World Health Organization, or WHO, reported last week:

The number of people age 60 and older has doubled since 1980.
The number of people age 80 years and older will quadruple to 395 million by 2050.
Within the next five years, the number of adults age 65 and over will outnumber children younger than age 5.
By 2050, these older adults will outnumber all children younger than age 14.

Given this scenario of an aging population, what can those of us at the epicenter do to help ourselves avoid being victims of this demographic revolution as we slide into retirement?

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Friday, April 6, 2012 6:00 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

If you’re lucky enough to work for state or local government, you might think you don’t have to worry so much about retirement planning since you’ve likely been promised a pension. But in recent years, troubles have been brewing among public pension plans all around the country.

In the last week alone, Plansponsor.com reported problems with three state plans:

New Hampshire: The House of Representatives approved a proposal to put an end to pension plans for public workers and instead offers a 401(k)-type plan. Facing a funding shortfall of $4.1 billion-plus for retirement and medical benefits, last year the legislature raised the retirement age at which future workers would qualify for benefits and increased employee contributions to their pension.

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