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, June 8, 2012 5:00 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

The pension landscape this week underwent a tectonic shift in California with the passage of two referendums.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012 4:06 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

What would you do differently if you were 20 and could start your retirement planning all over again?

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012 5:59 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

A 50-year-old security guard at a large retirement community was arrested yesterday for stealing $150,000 worth of jewelry and silverware.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 1:04 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The 68-year-old CEO of insurer AIG, Robert Benmosche, says people are living too long to retire when they are in their 50s and 60s.

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Monday, June 4, 2012 4:20 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Last week, General Motors followed Ford Motor Co. in offering retirees with a monthly pension payment a lump-sum buyout.

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Sunday, June 3, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Retirement planning is difficult for domestic partners, so a court decision challenging the Defense of Marriage Act could be good news.

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Friday, June 1, 2012 5:00 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Baby boomers’ retirement savings are under assault on all fronts. Let me count the ways our savings get undermined.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012 1:58 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Researchers at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College call waiting until age 70 to collect Social Security the “best deal in town.”

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 3:39 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Low interest rates and government-sponsored plans to help people refinance can make it a good opportunity for pre-retirees to refi or purchase a home.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012 3:39 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Retirement planning is changing. While defined benefit pension plans aren’t going away, companies are modifying them so they meet today’s demands.

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