Retirement Planning

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  1. Setting Financial Goals for Your Future

    To live comfortably now and in retirement, setting financial goals for the short-, mid- and long-term is crucial. Here are ...
  2. What are the maximum Social Security disability benefits?

    The average Social Security disability benefit amount for a recipient of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in 2 ...
  3. Do You Have a Retirement Timeline?

    Being familiar with your retirement timeline will make the transition into retirement easier.
  4. Good Financial Plans Need Slush Funds

    A slush fund gives you the freedom to enjoy life and a little spending in the present.
  5. The Best Place to Retire Is Your Own Hometown

    Fantasies aside, most retirees wind up remaining in the same locale. Here's why that's a good thing.
  6. Summer Job? Time to Consider Opening a Roth IRA

    Here's why a Roth IRA makes sense for young people wanting to invest some of their income.
  7. 15 Mistakes People Make When Planning for Retirement

    Here are 15 common retirement planning mistakes and how to avoid them.
  8. Goal-Based Investing: My Favorite Term

    Managing Director of Vanguard's Retail Investor Group Karin Risi shares why "goal-based investing" is her favorite financial ...
  9. 3 Steps That Can Lead to More Confidence in Retirement

    These three steps can help provide peace of mind and help you fully enjoy your retirement years.
  10. 8 Types of Americans Who Won't Get Social Security

    Most Americans eventually get Social Security retirement benefits. Those who don't need a solid Plan B.
  11. How Americans Struggle with Retirement

    While some struggle to plan a drawdown schedule, others may not be able to afford retirement at all.
  12. 401(k) Balances Reach Record Highs

    Putting your 401(k) on auto-pilot could help you to build retirement wealth faster.
  13. What is the UK Pension Protection Fund?

    The U.K.'s Pension Protection Fund, dedicated to supporting retirement funds when they see trouble, is maintaining an interest ...
  14. Money From Your 401(k): Hardship Withdrawal vs. Loan

    In some cases it can be the right financial move to borrow from your 401(k). How to decide.
  15. Congress May Take Away Your 401(k) Tax Deduction (or Not)

    As part of overhauling the U.S. income tax system, Congress is considering taking away your 401(k) tax deduction. What will ...
  16. 5 Reasons Not to Borrow From Your Retirement Plan

    Your retirement plan should never be the first place to turn for a loan. Here's why.
  17. Can a Financial Advisor Make you Happier?

    Elliot Weissbluth, CEO and Founder of HighTower Advisors, shares why financial advisors have a pretty big impact on your ...
  18. Retirement Planning Steps to Take in Your 60s

    Use your 60s as a time to prepare to smoothly transition into retirement by budgeting and planning.
  19. Sometimes It Pays to Borrow from Your 401(k)

    401(k) loans have been demonized, but they're often the most beneficial source of cash.
  20. Closing Your Retirement Income Gap With a 403(b)

    Investing in a 403(b) plan can help close the gap between your retirement needs and actual income.
  21. The Basics of a 401(k) Retirement Plan

    This plan has become one of the most popular retirement options. Here's why.
  22. Elder Financial Abuse: How to Protect Yourself

    There are behaviors and laws that will help you avoid becoming a victim of financial abuse.
  23. The Longevity Gap: Why the Rich Benefit More from Social Security

    Researchers have found that longevity is why well-off American men collect more in government retirement benefits than their ...
  24. Protecting Loved Ones Financially After You’re Gone

    A trust fund doesn't imply you don't trust your beneficiaries, it allows you to protect them.
  25. 5 Things You Should Know About Job Hunting After 50

    This infographic disproves 5 common myths regarding starting a second career later in life.
  26. What's the Minimum I Need to Retire?

    Make sure your golden years are golden, not merely a struggle for existence.
  27. Common Risks That Can Ruin Your Retirement

    These unexpected bumps can sideline your post-work plans and prevent you from riding out your assets.
  28. How Much Cash Should I Keep in the Bank?

    Which portion of your money belongs in a bank, not somewhere else?
  29. Keep Inflation at Bay With These Tips

    Take these steps to keep inflation from stealing your financial independence.
  30. Best Senior Job Security: Know COBOL

    If you are retired and looking for part-time work – and you happen to know COBOL – you just might have it made.
  31. 5 Ways Women Can Save More for Retirement Today

    Women can use these tips to start saving more today and make retirement less daunting.
  32. Don't Make Your Beneficiaries Search for Your Assets

    Make sure your beneficiaries know how to find your assets, even if they're in your mattress.
  33. Employers Offer Alternatives to 401(k) Loans

    Employers can bolster workers’ long-term financial security by educating them on the full consequences of 401(k) loans and ...
  34. When Does the Benefit of a Trust Outweigh the Cost?

    Setting up a trust can be costly, but having a living trust in these situations can be beneficial.
  35. Some Types of Index Funds Can Hurt Retirees

    When it comes time to divest, you need to be able to sell high, not low, but broad-based index funds won’t let you do this. ...
  36. Planning Your Second Career

    How to find a second career if you want to do more than retire in your later years.
  37. When to Talk to Your Kids about Finances

    Talk to your kids about saving and about your personal finances before it's too late.
  38. Deciding Where to Live After Losing Your Spouse

    It's important to take some time to recover after losing your spouse before making big decisions.
  39. What Does Retirement Mean to You?

    There are several financial questions regarding retirement with many different answers.
  40. Understanding the New 'T' Shares

    "T" stands for "transaction," and these mutual fund shares, designed to fulfill the fiduciary rule, promise to be a money-saving ...
  41. 5 Ways to Lose Your Retirement Nest Egg

    These common mistakes can put your savings at risk. Find out how to avoid them.
  42. Rebuilding Your Financial Future After Divorce

    Nothing kills a retirement plan like divorce. Here's how to get back on track.
  43. How to Retire as a Millionaire Without a 401(k)

    Can you retire as a millionaire without a 401(k) plan? It may not be easy, but it isn't impossible if you know where to invest ...
  44. Financial Planning for Gen X and Millennials

    Gen X and Gen Y to need to get their finances in order, so here are some tips to get started.
  45. How a Revocable Living Trust Makes Your Executor’s Job Easier

    Establish a revocable living trust to give you peace of mind and avoid probate. The executor of your will’s job will be easier, ...
  46. 401(k) Alternatives for High-Income Earners

    One downside to earning more is a higher tax rate on your 401(k) distributions. Here's how high-earners can minimize that ...
  47. A Defined Benefit Plan for Small Business Owners

    Wish you had a pension to help see you through your retirement? Today, small business owners may be able to create their ...
  48. How Retirees Should Think About Retirement Income

    It’s the savings you have accumulated for retirement that make the difference between just getting by and being able to enjoying ...
  49. The Top Secrets to Building Wealth

    Making savings automatic and regular is instrumental when it comes to building wealth. Mindful spending is also helpful if ...
  50. How Your Employer Is Destroying Your Retirement

    What's in a typical workplace 401(k) plan? Often, not a whole lot of good. Here's why.
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