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, 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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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 5:50 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Hartford, Conn., topped this year’s list of cities where people are most prepared for retirement, but overall the report was bleak with falling savings rates.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012 5:20 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

If boomers are spendthrifts, it’s not because they are blowing money on food, clothing or household goods.

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Monday, September 17, 2012 5:03 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Retirement planning arithmetic shows that living on Social Security alone is a bad deal.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Here are four financial housekeeping chores that are worth doing now — before 2013 financial changes kick in.

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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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