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  • LOS ANGELES, June 16- Researchers say that our financial acumen peaks in our early 50 s and starts a long slide by age 60. Just as we are losing our ability to navigate financial complexities, we are faced with deciphering baffling government rules about tapping our retirement funds. "It's extraordinarily complex and unnecessary," said Melissa Labant, director of...

  • How big will your social security check be? Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    How big will your social security check be?

    The amount of your social security benefit shouldn't be a mystery. CNBC's Sharon Epperson on how to calculate.

  • Only high-income households have managed to build significant savings, and the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College says 52 percent of today's working-age households face the shock of declining living standards in retirement. "If you have a dollar to spend on retirement security, it's much better to spend it on Social Security than by spreading...

  • NEW YORK, May 27- Long before the phrase "robo-adviser" existed, Sunnyvale, California- based Financial Engines was cornering the untapped 401 plan market with computer simulations to help people save for retirement. To hang onto those investors- and find others- Financial Engines is planning to go up against other so-called "robo-advisers," companies that use...

  • Tax documents: What to shred, and what to keep Friday, 8 May 2015 | 10:31 AM ET
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    With tax season behind you, now is a good time to consider how you save your tax returns and other financial documents, NYT reports.

  • Older workers: Good or bad for business? Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 9:07 AM ET
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    The workforce is graying, and a new study says that's a good thing. Think experience, loyalty, and more.

  • Christie's entitlement fix is broken: Democrat Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 10:38 AM ET
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    Democrat Jared Bernstein says Chris Christie's Social Security plan "does virtually nothing" to make the program solvent.

  • Tackling politic's 3rd rail: Entitlements Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 8:08 AM ET
    Tackling politic's 3rd rail: Entitlements

    Jared Bernstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Kevin Hassett, American Enterprise Institute, debate the best way to implement entitlement reform, including reshaping social security.

  • Will you miss out on Social Security benefits? Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 3:35 PM ET
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    Add more guaranteed income to your retirement nest egg by delaying when you take your benefits.

  • Christie wants means testing for Social Security Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 3:28 PM ET
    Christie wants means testing for Social Security

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wants reduced Social Security benefits for wealthier Americans. Insight, with CNBC's John Harwood; Jared Bernstein, and Maya MacGuineas, Committee for Responsible Federal Budget.

  • CHICAGO, April 9- Illinois is the national poster child for state budget messes. Illinois exempts all retirement income from state taxes- Social Security, private and public pensions, and annuities. And we're hardly alone: 36 states that have an income tax allow some exemption for private or public pension benefits, and 32 exempt all Social Security benefits from...

  • Retire well: Maximizing social security benefits Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Retire well: Maximizing social security benefits

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson shed lights on how to maximizing your social security benefits, and pros and cons of different retirement age plans.

  • 'Age old' Social Security fraud Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 4:39 PM ET
    'Age old' Social Security fraud

    Data says more than 6 million Americans listed as 112 or older who have "active" Social Security numbers. Ironically, there's only 35 people over 112 in the entire world. CNBC's John Harwood reports on Social Security fraud.

  • You 'can't trust' Social Security: Fmr. Official Sunday, 15 Mar 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
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    Your retirement may be at risk, and the rising costs of Social Security, public pensions and health care are the primary reasons why.

  • CHICAGO, March 12- If you are counting the days to retirement because you hate your job, career expert Kerry Hannon has a message for you: "Stick with it." An annual survey on retirement by the Employee Benefit Research Institute consistently finds that about half of workers retire earlier than they expected- and that job burnout is a key factor.

  • Tax hint: The IRS knows you're not 113 years old Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 2:53 PM ET
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    Due to bad records, some Social Security numbers for people age 112 and older are still listed as aliveā€”and some claim to be working.

  • BEIJING, March 10- China's pension fund will come under tremendous pressure to break even in coming years and as such, the government needs to gradually raise the official retirement age to salvage the finances, a top official said on Tuesday. Analysts have long warned about China's state pension crisis and the severe funding shortage, with some estimating that...

  • YOUR MONEY-The silent struggle of seniors with debt Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 11:06 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 26- When Wanda Simpson reached retirement a couple of years ago, the Cleveland mom had an unwelcome companion: Around $25,000 in debt. New data reveal that Wanda Simpson has company- and plenty of it. Among families headed by those 55 or older, 65.4 percent are still carrying debt loads, according to the Washington, D.C.- based Employee Benefit Research...

  • That is good news for patching up household balance sheets damaged by years of lost employment and savings, and also for boosting future Social Security benefits. Social Security is a benefit you earn through work and payroll tax contributions. Your Social Security benefit is calculated using a little-understood formula called the Primary Insurance...

  • Chicago, Jan 21- Remember Mitt Romney's huge IRA? I found plenty to like in the proposals, with one big exception: the failure to endorse a bold plan to expand Social Security. Yes, that is just another idea with no chance in this Congress, but Democrats should give it a strong embrace, especially in the wake of the House's adoption of rules this month that could set the...