Retirement Blog

Thursday, May 12, 2011 4:20 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Are you happy with the retirement savings options and other aspects of your 401(k)? According to a new report released by Cogent Research, most people who have more than $100,000 saved aren’t particularly enthusiastic about the management of their 401(k) — unless they are lucky enough to belong to a plan administered by one of

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011 3:03 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Here’s some more info on long-term care insurance, a retirement planning tool that is worth considering. Jesse Slome, who is executive director of the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, a trade association whose members are long-term care insurance salespeople, commented on yesterday’s blog about the rising cost of long-term care. I said it was

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011 3:22 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

My Aunt Sissie was a tough old bird. She got married at 14, had a couple of kids, then divorced and took a job as a matron at the women’s federal penitentiary in Alderson, W.Va., where for years she kept the inmates in line. Even living in retirement, she wasn’t the kind of woman to

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Monday, May 9, 2011 3:37 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Congress is between a rock and a hard place over federal budget deficits, but as of today, it looks like there shortly will be a compromise over raising the debt ceiling. As Washington Post writer Ezra Klein wrote, both sides have a “healthy aversion to unimaginable consequences.” Even if the current debt ceiling crisis is

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Sunday, May 8, 2011 7:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

It’s Mother’s Day, and I speak from experience: Every mom who is on the verge of retirement has all the tchotchkes, slippers and bath bubbles she needs, plus a buffet brunch isn’t on her diet. Here are five better retirement planning gifts that say you love her even more eloquently. Buy her some long-term care

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Friday, May 6, 2011 2:35 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Alternative investments are all the rage among heavyweight investors. U.S. pension funds are boosting their allocations to hedge funds, according to a recent article on ai-CIO.com, a website that tracks news of interest to chief investment officers of pension funds, endowments and foundations. These guys are the so-called “smart money.” Individual investors can learn a

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Thursday, May 5, 2011 3:05 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The “Notch Babies” aren’t giving up. Notch Babies are the approximately 4 million people born between 1917 and 1921 — ages 85 to 90. In 1972, Congress linked Social Security to the Consumer Price Index to protect it from inflation. Someone made an error in the formula, so benefits were too high. The error was

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011 4:12 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

At 88, Merton Bernstein, retired law professor and expert on Social Security, is a vocal and persistent supporter of the program and the benefits it offers people living in retirement. He’s all over the Internet, eloquently setting straight people who want to reduce Social Security benefits or who suggest that delaying eligibility is the right

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011 3:51 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

A few days ago, a reader asked how much money she could earn in the year she reached full retirement age — 66 for her and most of the rest of us who are nearing retirement. The rules are straightforward and spelled out clearly on Social Security’s website, but here’s the short course: If you

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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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