Retirement Blog

Sunday, September 4, 2011 9:06 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

This morning’s unemployment news — no new jobs at all in August — isn’t very good news for anyone contemplating retirement and it is apparently encouraging some on the verge of retirement to double dip. They are collecting unemployment — in some cases as long as 99 weeks — and also filing for Social Security.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011 2:00 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

I’m enamored with economic and political guru Dean Baker’s new book, “The End of Loser Liberalism.” In it, he advocates for — among many other things — letting all of us save for retirement in the federal Thrift Savings Plan, or TSP, which is the government’s answer to 401(k)s. Baker points out that 401(k) management

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011 5:03 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Beginning in April, the Department of Labor is mandating that 401(k) plan sponsors disclose all fees and expenses associated with 401(k)s in an understandable, uniform way. The industry is scrambling to meet these requirements. When this regulation┬átakes affect, 401(k) account holders should be able to see clearly what they’re paying in the direct and indirect

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011 11:11 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Finding and paying for satisfactory long-term care for older people, especially those with dementia or physical limitations is a serious retirement planning problem and one that is almost certainly going to get worse before it gets better. John Creighton Campbell, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Michigan and a visiting researcher at

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Monday, August 29, 2011 4:09 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

My husband was listening to some presidential campaign rhetoric this weekend and after hearing an especially unsettling speech, said maybe we should put our retirement planning on hold until after the 2012 election. I don’t think that’s necessary, but I do think that irresponsible political blather doesn’t bode well for anybody’s retirement. Texas Gov. Rick

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Sunday, August 28, 2011 7:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

My neighbor had his hip replaced. Medicare paid for everything — nearly $50,000 worth of surgery, hospitalization, medicine and rehabilitation. It was life changing for Jim, who had gotten to the point where he could barely walk. It wasn’t long ago that a guy like him living in retirement who had worn out his body

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Friday, August 26, 2011 4:04 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Has gold finally reached its peak, or will it continue going up? The precious metal has had a 10-year-plus bull run, but since 2008 it’s been on a tear. This week it breached the $1,900 threshold for the first time, before retreating a bit. Today gold moved up again. And soon, your employer may be

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 2:51 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Here’s a little discouraging retirement planning news: The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco examined trends in U.S. stock values to see if the investment conservatism and sell-off that will likely come with the aging of baby boomers will drive down stock prices. Their answer was yes. The analysts found: “The model-generated path is …

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 11:57 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The Defense Business Board, which advises the U.S. Department of Defense, mostly on matters of civilian contracting, will report in October on ways to cut costs and modernize military retirement plans. A preliminary retirement planning report calling for reform has raised the hackles of a wide swath of military and other types who oppose any

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 12:55 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

There are a lot of older people in my neighborhood — including me. It’s a concerned community, and I always thought that it was a good thing that if I didn’t emerge from my house for a few days or my neighbors noticed that I was wandering the streets in my nightie that they would

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