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Retirement Watch editor Bob Carlson discusses the importance of managing your cash well

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The Crisis and Money Market Funds

December 1, 2008

Once we left the 1980s behind, I thought this issue would not be addressed again. But for the second consecutive month we are having a discussion about when your money is insured by the government or an entity created by it. Money market funds are this month’s focus. Traditionally a money fund is where you […]

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Pay Off Debt or Continue Owing in Retirement?

October 1, 2008

Paying off the mortgage used to be part of the American dream and a prerequisite to retirement. Times have changed. These days many people enter retirement with mortgages and other debt, and some do not hesitate to increase debt during retirement. What is the best approach? Should you try to pay off the mortgage as […]

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What If Your Broker Goes Broke

March 1, 2008

Investors suddenly are concerned about something they haven’t considered for years: That their securities broker might go out of business. The credit and mortgage crises revealed that some brokers are more exposed to subprime mortgages than their customers realized. Merrill Lynch was a big player and took substantial write downs of its assets. E*Trade has […]

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The New Retirement Income Funds

January 1, 2008

The big financial services companies are heatedly competing for the assets of retiring Baby Boomers. In decades past these companies competed for the easy business of servicing those who need to accumulate capital for retirement. The firms emphasized convenience, cost, and growth potential. Things are more complicated as the Boomers begin to enter the draw […]

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Are You Saving Too Much for Retirement?

June 1, 2007

People are saving more for retirement than is generally believed, but are they saving enough? Or are they saving too much? Two recent studies found that most people are on course to have enough saved for retirement. One study surveyed those born between 1931 and 1941 and found that at least 80% accumulated adequate funds […]

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How Are You Doing?

May 1, 2007

Financial and retirement planning start with answering the question in the headline. After determining how you are doing, the next step is to define the actions that are needed to either help you do better or at least maintain your current status. Answering the first question is not as easy as many people suppose. Traditionally, […]

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How to Evaluate Free Financing Ads

January 1, 2007

Flip through the ads in the newspapers and you will find offers for attractive financing of purchases of high-ticker consumer items. The offer usually states there is no-interest for a period of one year to three years. The offers are most likely to cover purchases of electronics (such as big screen televisions) and furniture. Are […]

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Pension Lump Sum Payouts to Decline

January 1, 2007

Lump sum pension payouts are likely to fall for many retirees over the next few years. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 changed the rules for computing payouts, and they apply retroactively. The new rules affect people in old-fashioned defined benefit pension plans. These are the plans that guarantee annuities to members at retirement. Members […]

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