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, August 3, 2012 5:00 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

There’s no question America is suffering from a retirement crisis. Some big names in retirement policy offer creative solutions.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012 5:33 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Given a choice between taking a pension or a lump sum, think hard before you give up the promise of income for life.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 2:57 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

When it comes to finances, parents of adult children should remember the advice you get on the airplane: “Apply your own oxygen mask first.”

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 5:16 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Before you quit your job and devote yourself to caring for someone else, calculate the costs and make sure it’s the best decision.

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Monday, July 30, 2012 12:22 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The average U.S. millionaire is 61 and invests his or her money in domestic stocks, cash, CDs, ETFs, bonds and mutual funds.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Olympic athletes outdo most of us from physical standpoint and they lead the way in managing their finances, according to a study by TD Ameritrade.

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Friday, July 27, 2012 5:00 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Institutional investors such as pension funds have investment return targets. Should the individual investor have them too?

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Thursday, July 26, 2012 3:00 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Cash balance plans are increasingly popular. Congratulations, if you are offered one. Here are three reasons to give it a little love.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012 6:22 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Whether you are a boomer or a member of the older silent or GI generations — if you are healthy, you are probably not eager to just sit on the porch.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012 10:35 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Letting taxes on qualified dividends rise at the end of the year isn’t just a problem for rich people.

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