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.
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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Friday, April 20, 2012 4:27 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

How important is a workplace retirement plan to people around the world? The answer seems to depend on cultural preference.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012 4:04 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Dick Clark, who died Wednesday at 82, lived his later decades to the max and remained “America’s Oldest Teenager.”

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012 5:14 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Fidelity Investments, which is the largest provider of retirement plans in the country, has projected retirement readiness among Americans.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012 4:58 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Workplace retirement savings plans, including 401(k)s and IRAs, are tax loopholes that benefit taxpayers at all income levels.

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Monday, April 16, 2012 5:17 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The most compelling reason for employers to offer employees help getting ready for retirement is to discourage them from staying too long on the job.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Retirees want three things from their retirement income: A very low risk of outliving their money. Predictable, consistent availability of income. Enough liquidity that they feel flexible enough to pay for emergencies — or splurges. But as the Rolling Stones sang, “You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, well, you

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Friday, April 13, 2012 5:01 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of boomers expect to work after retirement to supplement their incomes.

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