Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Saturday, May 09, 2015 7:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Do you have a 6 percent match, low fees and attractive investment options?

Friday, May 08, 2015 7:00 am
By Dr. Don Taylor · Bankrate.com

The problem with self-insurance is that you don’t know when you’ll need the coverage. It’s not just for seniors; many people aren’t saving enough for retirement now.

Thursday, May 07, 2015 10:44 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Make sure politicians know that you want help planning and saving for a better retirement.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015 7:00 am
By Dr. Don Taylor · Bankrate.com

When you accept that there’s not a one-size-fits-all withdrawal rate, you can move forward with approaches to estimating sustainable spending each year based on your portfolio’s valuation.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

With the return on bonds headed downward, are annuities a good alternative for investors seeking safety?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 7:37 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Asking your employer to buy your retirement annuity — and negotiate a good deal — can up your annual income by nearly 20 percent.

Monday, February 27, 2012 2:08 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Every time I write about annuities or other retirement planning tools that require people to turn over a chunk of their retirement savings in exchange for guaranteed income, a substantial number of readers respond vociferously, writing me things like, “Heck, no. Don’t even talk about it. We’re not interested.” So given that, I was surprised

Thursday, January 19, 2012 4:28 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Here’s some more retirement planning advice for people who are more concerned about safety than returns. If you have a fixed-rate annuity with a guaranteed minimum floor of 3 percent, don’t be in a hurry to surrender it, advises Investment News, a publication written for investment advisers. Six or seven years ago, that was a

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 11:15 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

This blog has been around for a while now but it began well after the Fed drastically lowered the federal funds rate in December 2008. Here’s a quick recap of the entire history of the CD rates blog: CD rates are low, what can you do? A column in the Winston-Salem Journal, “With CD yields

Thursday, August 11, 2011 1:43 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

End-the-Ponzi-Scheme, a regular reader who frequently comments, complained about the blog I wrote a couple of days ago. The blog said that the odds of being able to pull $1,000 per month from a $150,000 nest egg without running out of money after about a dozen years were 50/50.  End-the-Ponzi-Scheme said I didn’t provide enough

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