Retirement Blog

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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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 3:46 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The U.S. Senate signed the federal debt deal this afternoon. Here are six ways it could affect your retirement planning: Increased interest rates. Even though Congress finally managed to reach an agreement, the crisis didn’t reassure the agencies that rate U.S. credit worthiness. In particular, Standard & Poor’s has threatened to downgrade the Triple-A credit

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Monday, August 1, 2011 3:00 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Did you ever see one of those T-shirts that reads, “Be kind to your children. They’ll be choosing your nursing home?” This maxim, unfortunately, makes retirement planning sense. Iowa State University Professor of Economics Dan Otto turned his students loose on the question of balancing the budget and managing the debt ceiling. He says they

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Sunday, July 31, 2011 7:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

What will happen to Social Security if the country defaults? One answer: “We don’t really know for sure. We’ve never done this before and I hope we don’t,” says Timothy McBride associate dean for public health at Washington University in St. Louis, and one of the nation’s experts on Social Security and Medicare. McBride thinks

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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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