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.
Friday, September 14, 2012 5:00 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Several factors contribute to retirement planning success, including asset allocation, rebalancing and fund selection.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012 5:05 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The Department of Labor offers some help understanding its new 401(k) fee disclosures.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 4:16 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Here’s a way to measure the success of your retirement planning.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012 5:40 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The IRS is cracking down on people with foreign bank accounts. If you have one, better pay up or file for amnesty.

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Monday, September 10, 2012 4:53 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

About 25 percent of Medicare recipients die penniless because of the cost of health care during the last five years of their lives.

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Sunday, September 9, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

More grandparents are giving money to their grandchildren now instead of saving up to leave them an inheritance.

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Friday, September 7, 2012 5:00 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Finally, a new survey reveals that nearly two-thirds of people with assets of $100K or more are on track to meet or exceed retirement planning goals.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012 5:18 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

By now you should have received the new report on your 401(k) required by the U.S. Department of Labor

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012 3:42 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The Social Security Administration is buying bullets. Officials claim they’re not saying “make my day” to senior citizens.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012 3:50 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Some drug prices posted on Medicare.gov were 10 times lower than what customers at Walgreens and CVS were charged, and the FTC is making good on that mistake.

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