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Cash Strategies in Retirement

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

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Ways to Boost Social Security Benefits

June 1, 2005

Social Sec-urity is in the news because of President Bush’s reform proposal. But there are a number of issues regarding the current system that are real head-scratchers for beneficiaries. Let’s take a look at the confusing issues I hear about most. Survivor’s vs. retirement benefits. A spouse or ex-spouse might be eligible for his or […]

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New Savings from Brokers

April 1, 2005

Opportunities are increasing for cheap investors. Only a couple of years ago I reported that the discount and mutual fund brokers were raising fees and increasing minimum investment amounts. The brokers didn’t want small investors, frugal investors, or long-term investors. Since then, the stock market has rebounded and trading volume is up. In addition, a […]

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4 Action Steps to Avoid ID Theft

March 1, 2005

Identity theft was on the rise again in 2004. But the causes of ID theft will surprise most people. A new study issued by the Better Business Bureau found that a minority of known ID theft occurred over the Internet. The study found that in 68.2% of ID theft cases in 2004 information was obtained […]

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How Pension Payouts Are Affected By Interest Rates

February 1, 2005

The prospect of rising interest rates this year could affect retirement payouts. If your retirement plan offers a choice between an annuity and a lump sum and you were planning to retire in the next year or two, pay attention now. Lump sum payouts increase as interest rates fall and decrease as rates rise. The […]

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A Few Ways to Save Money

October 1, 2004

There are two ways to save money. One way is to cut nickels and dimes off each purchase. The other way, which we’ll look at in this visit, is to save a lot of money on a few big dollar expenses. Let’s see how you might be able to save big dollars on a few […]

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How Much to Save and Invest for Retirement

August 1, 2004

Americans are confident they will have comfortable retirements. Seventy percent of Americans age 25 and older told the Retirement Confidence Survey for 2004 they are confident of achieving a comfortable retirement. Yet only 58% were actively saving for retirement, and only 42% ever tried to calculate the amount of money they will need in retirement. […]

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The Rising Cost of Retirement

June 1, 2004

The standard retirement planning advice is to plan on spending 65% to 85% of your pre-retirement income each year of retirement. Unfortunately, that is a fallacy. Following that advice could diminish your retirement. Proof is in the latest Retirement Replacement Ratio Study, sponsored by Aon, a financial services company, and conducted by professors at Georgia […]

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Little-Known Money-Saving Deals

June 1, 2004

Official figures say inflation is under control, but some of your regular expenses are rising steeply. You can beat many of these cost increases. You also can maximize savings on other expenses by doing some smart comparison shopping. Auto insurance. There is a revolution taking place in automobile insurance, sparked by Progressive Insurance. Instead of […]

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