Retirement Blog

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 2:34 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

John Turner, who runs the Pension Policy Center in Washington, D.C., thinks he has the answer to making Social Security solvent and a more useful factor in our retirement planning. Turner, who holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, turns 62 in a week. He recently wrote a book on the future

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Monday, July 4, 2011 7:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

It’s the Fourth of July and I’m not only honoring our nation’s birthday, I’m celebrating my own personal freedom and looking forward to more of it when my husband and I retire. For many people, retirement is the ultimate Independence Day — a time to do what you want, when you want to do it,

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Sunday, July 3, 2011 7:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

How much money should you invest in stocks when you retire? The jury’s still out on that, and it’s a huge retirement planning issue. Many money managers argue that if you are going to live another 30 years in retirement, then you are a long-term investor. And because of that, a substantial portion — some say

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Friday, July 1, 2011 10:43 am
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

In a recent blog post about retiring abroad, I stated that I didn’t want to live in Costa Rica because an American student disappeared in a national park near Liberia in August 2009, according to Carole Moore’s compelling book, “The Last Place You’d Look: True Stories of Missing Persons and the People Who Search for

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 2:55 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

As Congress struggles with ways to reduce the federal deficit, one of the approaches that appears to be among the most likely to be adopted is a revision in the way the Consumer Price Index is calculated. The CPI measures how much the cost of the things people buy is affected by inflation. The chained

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 11:56 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

If you’ve been delaying buying long-term care insurance as part of your retirement plan because you don’t think you’ll need it, you might consider a different flavor of this product — life insurance with a long-term care rider. An increasing number of insurers are offering it, including Sun Life, which just introduced these policies this

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 1:27 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Before economist Joanne Hsu’s parents retired, they invited their 29-year-old daughter to sit down and examine their financial records. “They showed me everything — all their retirement planning. My father wanted to put my mind at ease that they almost certainly would never have to rely on me,” Hsu said. Hsu’s mother is an accountant and

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Monday, June 27, 2011 3:40 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Before you succumb to the doomsayers, read the recently released Social Security Board of Trustees’ 2011 annual report on the financial health of the program. If it doesn’t put you to sleep first, this bipartisan report should calm some of your retirement planning fears about this source of income going away. The report didn’t point

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Sunday, June 26, 2011 7:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

My sister-in-law is mildly mentally handicapped. Despite that, she’s managed to live on her own her entire adult life, working mostly as a hotel maid. As she’s gotten older, paying the bills has gotten harder. In the process of trying to help, I found the National Council on Aging’s BenefitsCheckUp.org. It’s a wonderful site that

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Friday, June 24, 2011 12:59 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

What would you prefer: A financial product providing a 4 percent return guaranteed not to lose value? Or would you rather invest in a product with an 8 percent return that is subject to the whims of the market and may lose principal as a result? Three out of four Americans (76 percent) voted for

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