Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Thursday, November 14, 2013 4:05 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps ·

A shortage of skilled workers means that retiring baby boomers are likely to come back.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 11:05 am
By Jennie L. Phipps ·

What if retirement isn’t your style?

Wednesday, March 09, 2011 3:40 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps ·

What’s going to happen to Social Security and Medicare? Humphrey Taylor, chairman of research giant Harris Interactive, has taken a personal interest in the latest Harris poll on the future of Social Security and Medicare. Taylor, who is 76 years old, has not yet taken retirement. He continues to work daily — except for 14

Friday, October 15, 2010 1:21 pm
By Barbara Whelehan ·

Earlier this week, more than 1 million people flooded the streets of Paris to protest government plans to raise the retirement age for the country’s public pension system from 60 to 62. It was the fourth such strike this month. Serbia has plans to increase its early retirement age from 53 to 58, according to

Sunday, October 03, 2010 10:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps ·

I keep seeing endless news stories and statistics about ruined retirements. Reading them is discouraging. It makes it sound like all of us are going to be dining on kibble, and I don’t think that’s true. So, I want to tell you about my neighbor, Jim, who is a savvy retiree who has figured out

Monday, September 13, 2010 2:45 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps ·

Beetle Bailey mustered into the army 60 years ago this month. He’s still a private, still taking guff from Sarge, and his creator Mort Walker says neither he nor Beetle is likely to fade into retirement anytime soon. Walker, who turned 88 a few days ago, has been drawing the perpetual private since he was

Wednesday, September 08, 2010 3:54 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps ·

Sometimes, the best  retirement planning goes haywire. And sometimes that’s not such a bad thing. Over Labor Day weekend, I waved hello to my Detroit-area neighbor and remarked that I hadn’t seen much of him. He said that’s because he’s gone back to work after officially retiring in June 2009. My neighbor’s employer ran into