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, 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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Thursday, August 23, 2012 3:15 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Medicare is shaping up to be a key issue in the upcoming U.S. presidential election. What do you believe should happen to the program?

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012 4:54 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Capital gains tax rates are likely to rise on Jan. 1, 2013. Now is the time to consider the issue and do what you can to manage the increase.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012 4:14 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Buying an annuity can be costly, but there are situations where choosing them is a good idea.

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Monday, August 20, 2012 3:51 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

There are plenty of reasons to think positively about retirement and retirement planning, according to a new report.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The crook most likely to swindle you out of your retirement money is someone you know. And it could be someone you love.

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Friday, August 17, 2012 5:00 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

What’s the biggest determinant of retirement planning? It’s not asset allocation or rebalancing, according to a recent study.

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