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, June 21, 2012 4:10 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The No. 1 goal for older people is to have $1 million; the No. 2 goal is to see grandchildren graduate from high school.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012 12:26 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Some tax and other legal changes have encouraged corporations to look for ways to unload their liability for pensions onto an insurance company.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012 4:44 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Working until age 70 is the best way to ensure that you have enough money to live comfortably in retirement.

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Monday, June 18, 2012 6:12 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

States, municipalities, and other public employers continue to have bigger pension and retiree health care obligations that they can pay.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

When the real estate meltdown happened in 2008, we had an opportunity to use money from my self-directed IRA to buy a piece of property.

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Friday, June 15, 2012 5:00 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Many Americans will not have to take required minimum distributions at age 70 ½ if the Treasury Department gets its way.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012 4:46 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The magic retirement planning number is 11 times your final annual salary. Only 30 percent are on track to save that.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 4:58 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

At least 20 percent of people older than 65 — some 7 million people — say they have been victims of financial fraud.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012 4:49 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Grandparents.com says its most popular discussion forum is focused on communicating with grandchildren who live far away.

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Monday, June 11, 2012 5:53 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Should GM retirees who are offered a lump sum take it, or should they stick with the pension and bet on Prudential?

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