Retirement Blog

Monday, May 2, 2011 4:16 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

I talked to Susan Spencer, executive editor of All You magazine, this morning. All You is the women’s magazine published by Time Inc. exclusively for customers of Walmart. Spencer said that this magazine finds that its 1.2 million readers are very eager for financial information, anything that will help them manage money and live better on

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Sunday, May 1, 2011 7:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

I have a new dog, Coby — a high-energy Jack Russell terrier-Pomeranian mix from the animal shelter. Coby made a noisy debut at the dog park, and one of the other dog owners recommended I give him Prozac, the highly popular anti-anxiety drug. Apparently, there’s a canine version because anxiety is a widespread problem in

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Friday, April 29, 2011 2:52 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

What’s one of the worst things you can do to foil your retirement plans? Answer: Take an early withdrawal from your retirement account. Despite the supposed fact that we’re in an economic recovery, a surprising number of people did just that, according to Bankrate’s Financial Security Index, released on Monday. In fact, 19 percent, or

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Thursday, April 28, 2011 4:18 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

In honor of its 10th birthday, Liquidnet, a company that manages big pots of money for institutional investors, asked several experts in their investment sector to weigh in on the next 10 years of investing. Here are a couple of their thoughts that those of us looking hard at retirement might want to consider. Robert

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 4:36 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Beginning May 1, Social Security will require all new recipients to get their payments by either direct deposit to a bank account or via a debit card. Recipients who are already receiving Social Security have until May 1, 2013, to convert to one of these electronic delivery systems. Cutting out paper checks and postal delivery

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011 4:19 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Here’s more bad retirement planning news for public employees and for retirees in general, especially those invested in municipal bonds. The nonprofit Pew Center on the States released a report this morning that said the gap between the retirement and health care benefits that states have promised their employees and the amount that they have

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Monday, April 25, 2011 3:35 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

All of us baby boomers are rushing headlong toward retirement. In honor of Older Americans Month in May, the U.S. Census Bureau released these statistics that make clear just how quickly we’re climbing over the hill and sliding down the other side. In 2009, there were 39.6 million Americans 65 and older — about 13

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Sunday, April 24, 2011 10:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Geriatric physician Dr. Katherine Schlaerth, writing in the Los Angeles Times last week, said after observing hundreds of older patients that she is convinced that quitting work is an unhealthy idea. “‘Use it or lose it,’ definitely applies where humans are concerned,” Schlaerth writes. She points to studies that suggest physical and mental decline results

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Friday, April 22, 2011 1:12 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

What’s worse? Dying young, or living well into a second century? Without question, the latter scenario presents a retirement planning conundrum. Last week, on April 14, Walter Breuning of Montana passed away. He had the distinction of being the world’s oldest man at age 114. His philosophy was to embrace change, according to a wonderful

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 3:50 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

More than 12,000 Medicare recipients will receive — or may have already received — an invitation to participate in a landmark study of aging known as the National Health and Aging Trends Study, or NHATS. NHATS is a joint effort between Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the National Institute on Aging. Its

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