Retirement Blog

Friday, July 29, 2011 4:14 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Pensions have been in the news a lot lately, from reports about lackadaisical planning to the continued erosion of defined benefit plans to the prospect of federal pensions being entangled in the debt ceiling/budget-cutting drama in Washington. On the lighter side, Fidelity Investments released a survey this week highlighting the problem of ignorance among pension

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Thursday, July 28, 2011 3:40 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Whatever Congress decides to do about the current deficit situation, Sallie Krawcheck, president of global wealth and investment management at Bank of America, has these five suggestions for people living on retirement income and for anyone doing retirement planning. Consider investing in the stocks of high-quality companies with market values of $20 billion or more.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 2:37 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

If your retirement planning doesn’t include socking away a little money to help your grandchildren, it probably should. There are 65 million grandparents today — a record number — up from 40 million in 1980. And an estimated 4.5 million households headed by people older than 55 include one or more grandchildren. The MetLife Mature Market Institute

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 1:29 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

While Congress proposes to fiddle with Social Security, Jerry Golden, an actuary and widely recognized expert in annuities — which is what Social Security really is — has come up with a plan to save money painlessly. Golden believes that as the population grows and the boomer generation passes on, Social Security’s funding problems will

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Monday, July 25, 2011 1:18 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Even though the U.S. unemployment rate is still about 9.2 percent overall, a study by The Hartford insurance company found that among households with incomes greater than $25,000, people are feeling more optimistic and saving more for retirement than they were a year ago. About 34 percent of people surveyed said they were “extremely confident”

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Sunday, July 24, 2011 7:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

My husband and I loaded up our boat, the Original Six, this weekend and we’re spending 10 days on Lake Erie. It’s the first vacation longer than a four-day weekend that we’ve had in 10 years. Both of us like to work. Plus, my husband has had a job that was endlessly demanding — lots

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Friday, July 22, 2011 4:00 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

It’s hard to keep up with Washington’s progress (or lack thereof) on talks about the debt ceiling limit, so I asked Bankrate’s tax blogger Kay Bell for the latest news. She said the meeting is down to two people at the moment: President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). I asked her if

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Thursday, July 21, 2011 2:57 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Keeping up financially with our retired parents could prove to be an impossible challenge for many Americans, especially as we swallow the reforms that will help the country avoid default. Look at it this way, let’s say your parents have a $40,000 per year pension — not an unusual, or even particularly generous, number for many

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011 3:59 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Gay couples who say “I do” in New York and the five other states that have legalized same-sex marriage should also quickly consider retirement planning, because the financial implications of a same-sex partnership are more complex than they are for conventional marriages. Anna Pfaehler, a CFP with Palisades Hudson Financial Group in Scarsdale, N.Y., offers

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011 3:21 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

If you are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s during your retirement, the cost per year for your care beyond what Medicare covers is likely to be well over $100,000 — even if you rely on family and friends during the early stages of the disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, which is holding its annual conference in Paris

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