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.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 4:35 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

This week, Social Security officially released its new online version of the Social Security Statement.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012 4:39 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Retirees say they are happy that they hung up their work boots, and they love what they are doing now.

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Monday, April 30, 2012 4:31 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Is your estate plan ready for the 21st century? Does it consider your parents, your dog and your online business?

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

I asked readers how they were timing their retirement. So far, there have been 104 responses, with 22 of them from people who intend to keep working.

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Friday, April 27, 2012 5:24 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Do you worry about outliving your retirement savings? Just more than half of Americans say they’re financially prepared to live to age 75.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012 4:54 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Boomers are making continuing-care retirement communities rethink their business model in order to survive.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012 4:36 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Men are living longer than they used to — catching up to women whose lifespans aren’t lengthening as quickly as they used to.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012 5:36 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Some 34 percent of people pay taxes on their Social Security, which levels the playing field for those earning the highest benefits.

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Monday, April 23, 2012 5:08 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Today’s Social Security report says by the time leading-edge boomers are 88, the program will be able to pay only 75 percent of benefits.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Health care analysts and former President Jimmy Carter all say that Medicare needs reform, but they don’t agree on how to do it.

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