Retirement Blog

Sunday, August 14, 2011 7:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Could going global with your retirement planning mean a bigger nest egg and greater security? Yes, thinking international is smart, says Aaron Katsman, a financial adviser with Portfolio Resources in Miami. Katsman, an American who is based in Israel, has clients worldwide. “My philosophy is that however people allocate their retirement funds, they have to

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Friday, August 12, 2011 3:02 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

The market malaise has not only wreaked havoc for you and me and everyone else involved in retirement planning — the big institutional heavyweights were also dealt heavy losses in recent weeks. In fact, an article in today’s Wall Street Journal suggests that mutual funds and pension funds are to blame for much of the

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Thursday, August 11, 2011 1:43 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

End-the-Ponzi-Scheme, a regular reader who frequently comments, complained about the blog I wrote a couple of days ago. The blog said that the odds of being able to pull $1,000 per month from a $150,000 nest egg without running out of money after about a dozen years were 50/50.  End-the-Ponzi-Scheme said I didn’t provide enough

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 11:07 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Buying health insurance when you’re a few years away from Medicare eligibility can be a particularly difficult part of retirement planning. Here are some thoughts on the problem, including some insights from eHealthInsurance.com. Down the road, the new health care reform law may make buying private insurance easier, but so far it hasn’t made too

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011 3:08 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The market took a slide yesterday, leaving lots of people with retirement planning anxiety. Do we keep going along for the ride — or is now the right time to pull our retirement money out of the markets and put it under the mattress? I think Lowell Herr, a retired high school physics physics teacher

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Monday, August 8, 2011 1:25 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Are you working instead of contemplating retirement while your newly graduated offspring can’t find a job? It’s a fact of economic life in this downturn that baby boomers are working longer — hanging onto the jobs they have, says The Brookings Institution’s Senior Fellow in Economic Studies Gary Burtless, one of the nation’s foremost experts

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Sunday, August 7, 2011 7:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Living in an assisted living or other kind of retirement facility costs an average of $2,500 to $3,500 per month if you don’t need extra care. Modifying your current home and staying put can have a significant upfront cost, but you only spend the money once. If you do it right, it can significantly extend

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Friday, August 5, 2011 3:10 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

When it comes to retirement planning, 401(k) investors are notorious for succumbing to inertia. After setting up their contribution levels and selecting funds, they turn their attention to other things — often for years at a time. Participants who are automatically enrolled in their plans take the ultimate hands-off approach. So it came as a

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Thursday, August 4, 2011 3:43 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

My husband and I are in the process of building our retirement home. We’ve agonized over the process and a couple of times nearly given it up because the price seems daunting and we can’t agree where to cut. So just now, he sent me an email from work (where I suspect things aren’t too

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 12:33 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The challenged economy is hurting the retirement planning efforts of people in all walks of life. A retirement survey of physicians by medical staffing firm Jackson & Coker shows that even the highly-paid among us are worried. More than 75 percent of physicians surveyed plan to work past conventional retirement age. Of those, 70 percent

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