Retirement Blog

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 4:44 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The Great Recession had a significant effect on many people’s retirement planning, but Barry Bosworth, a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution, says it’s probably not the effect you might have thought it was. He has examined a variety of economic studies about the downturn and concluded that for most people older than 50, losing

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Monday, February 27, 2012 2:08 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Every time I write about annuities or other retirement planning tools that require people to turn over a chunk of their retirement savings in exchange for guaranteed income, a substantial number of readers respond vociferously, writing me things like, “Heck, no. Don’t even talk about it. We’re not interested.” So given that, I was surprised

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Sunday, February 26, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

I talked to a young friend the other day — one who was just about to celebrate his 30th birthday. He was complaining about feeling old. I laughed at him because he just doesn’t know what feeling old is. When I was 30, I thought I’d be young forever. It wasn’t until just a few

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Friday, February 24, 2012 6:00 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Nine out of 10 investors in target date funds would like their investments to provide stronger protection against market losses in the years nearing and in retirement, according to a new study by ING Investment Management. That’s understandable. People don’t want to lose a lot of money just as they need to tap it for

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 11:37 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Retirement planning is particularly difficult for people who don’t have an employer-sponsored retirement plan. California State Sen. Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles, is offering an innovative plan that will help solve that problem — starting in his home state, a place where trends often start. De Leon proposes to set up a voluntary and portable

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 8:09 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

I’m spending the winter in a beach community in Florida. We’re on a barrier island, so most of the housing is on or near water, and none of it is bargain priced. Every day, I walk my dog to the dog park, past a church that has a sign on the side of the building

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 11:42 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

What do boomers want? A new survey by the Consumer Federation of the Southeast examines what people older than 47 are thinking about as they contemplate retirement planning, what to do and where to live during their retirement years. Here are the top 10 things this survey found this 78 million-strong population wants the most:

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Monday, February 20, 2012 2:20 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The payroll tax cut Congress passed last week is supposed to save working families with a $50,000 annual household income an estimated $1,000 a year. That’s about $20 a week in the pockets of some people for whom it will probably make a small difference. The problem is that this tax cut with the sexy

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

My friend is about to be a first-time grandma, and she’s already saving for the soon-to-arrive boy’s college education — a pleasant retirement planning job. Since we first got to be friends 35 years ago, when she was pregnant with the father of this little fellow, I have a vested interest in making sure she

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Friday, February 17, 2012 6:00 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Psychologically and emotionally, you may be ready for retirement. What about financially? As part of its suite of retirement planning tools, T. Rowe Price this week released a new interactive tool to help those nearing retirement envision their future and face the facts. You don’t have to be an investor in their funds to try

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