Life Changes


  • Annuities: More cons than pros? Tuesday, 3 Dec 2013 | 10:08 AM ET

    Annuities are among the most recommended investment products for older Americans, but few individuals understand them. Here are the pros and cons.

  • Year-end a good time to ponder your pension plans Tuesday, 26 Nov 2013 | 9:00 AM ET

    With public and private pension plans complex and underfunded and people living longer, reevaluate pensions as part of retirement planning at year-end

  • 5 ways to teach kids about money that work Friday, 15 Nov 2013 | 11:06 AM ET

    Several studies suggest traditional, financial literacy programs don't work. Five creative ways to teach kids lifelong money lessons.

  • How heirs can cope with sudden inherited wealth Sunday, 24 Nov 2013 | 1:00 PM ET

    Advisors offer heirs help in coping with the pitfalls of, and emotional turmoil surrounding, the management of sudden inherited wealth.

  • Planning retirement? Don't forget Medicare costs Saturday, 16 Nov 2013 | 3:00 PM ET

    The potential costs and benefits of Medicare have a huge impact on retirement planning. The more you know, the more manageable those costs will be.

  • Sorting out finances is key when faced with fatal illness, easing care questions and inheritance issues.

  • How to avoid divorce settlement blunders Sunday, 3 Nov 2013 | 7:00 AM ET

    Many divorcing spouses end up financially devastated. The key is to minimize the damage by avoiding some of the common pitfalls.

  • Finance issues for unmarried couples who break up Sunday, 27 Oct 2013 | 11:00 AM ET

    Financial issues for unmarried couples are complicated. They can meet most of these challenges with proper planning and some guidance.

  • When adult children return to the nest Monday, 21 Oct 2013 | 8:00 AM ET

    When adult children return to the nest, financial ground rules must be set. If not, parents could face some financial distress.

  • For same-sex couples, splitting up is hard to do Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013 | 8:00 AM ET

    Same-sex couples seeking a divorce face a complicated legal ride due to differences among the states in their laws concerning gay relationships.

  • Financial planning key when managing Alzheimer's Monday, 7 Oct 2013 | 7:00 AM ET

    When a family member is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it’s important to consider financial, health and legal options.

  • Recently widowed need sound financial guidance Monday, 30 Sep 2013 | 12:00 AM ET

    When a spouse dies, a widow often feels overwhelmed by the financial decisions that have to be made. There is no need to rush into money matters.

  • 10 ways to get your retirement plan back on track Friday, 30 Aug 2013 | 1:39 PM ET

    If your golden years seem threatened because of financial setbacks, don't panic. Here are 10 tips from retirement experts on your next steps.

  • Boomers find second acts pursuing encore careers Saturday, 10 Aug 2013 | 9:00 AM ET

    As Americans are living longer, some people in their 50s and 60s are holding on to jobs longer while others are starting encore careers.

  • Retirement alchemy: Less becomes more Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 12:18 PM ET

    Some retirees with mortgages are considering downsizing to reduce expenses. One survey says more than 40 percent of Americans ages 50 to 64 plan to move within five years.

  • Afraid of living too long? Buy this Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 3:36 PM ET

    With the possibility of spending two decades or more in retirement, some baby boomers are buying longevity insurance so they don't outlive their money.

  • Boomers use self-employment to stretch savings Wednesday, 7 Aug 2013 | 2:33 PM ET

    Being their own boss is easing the transition to retirement for some boomers. Ten percent of workers 45 to 74 plan to start a business, according to a recent survey by AARP.

  • Rethinking that 4% retirement rule Tuesday, 6 Aug 2013 | 11:56 AM ET

    A retirement formula devised in the 1990s doesn't seem to hold up in an environment of low-yielding bond, volatile stock markets and inconsistent returns.

  • How to earn a degree without breaking the bank Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 | 9:47 AM ET

    Grants and scholarships are taking a leading role in paying college bills, surpassing the traditional role parents long have played in helping foot the bills.

  • What's the magic retirement withdrawal number? Friday, 19 Jul 2013 | 1:16 PM ET

    Should you take 3% from your retirement each year? 4%? More? It depends on how much your savings will earn, how long you live, and changing inflation, so start calculating now.

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