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.
Monday, October 8, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Beginning in 2013, singles making more than $200,000 and couples earning more than $250,000 will pay a Medicare surtax.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Most people who served in the military are eligible for veterans benefits, which can cut your health care costs substantially.

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

Seven out of 10 institutional investors believe the markets will crash in the next year. So what’s an individual investor to do? Keep on investing.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012 12:57 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

With tax rates going up and potential buyers scarce, now’s the time to come up with a small-business escape strategy.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012 1:31 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Who will you turn to if you run out of money in retirement? Uncle Sam is the answer for many older people.

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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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