Return on Retirement


  • Investors fear the unknown in retirement planning Saturday, 6 Sep 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    Baby boomers are not as prepared for retirement as they should be, but Gen X and millennials face the biggest future financial threats.

  • Finding your 'magic number' for retirement savings Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    Don't rely on the $1 million benchmark for retirement savings. You might need more—or maybe less.

  • Nearing 60? 5 easy ways to boost your nest egg Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    The Golden Years outlook is grim: One third of consumers aren't saving for retirement, and of the rest, most aren't saving enough.

  • Little-known investment option in your 401(k) plan Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 10:20 AM ET

    For those with investment experience, a self-directed brokerage account can offer more choices and better control of your retirement money.

  • How to pick the best place to retire Friday, 9 May 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    Financial advisors caution that when considering retirement locales, investors should consider factors such as tax policies.

  • Do you have a tax-wise portfolio? Monday, 5 May 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    Diversifying assets by taxability is important in building a financial planning strategy to last through working years and into retirement.

  • Poll: These investors are ready for retirement Friday, 2 May 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    Older Americans are delaying their retirement plans. Not so fast, according to advisors in a CNBC Digital/FPA survey.

  • Retiring? You need a withdrawal policy statement Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    A withdrawal policy statement can help retirees manage income distributions dispassionately when market fluctuations might spur rash decisions.

  • Do retirees really need to pay for life insurance? Saturday, 26 Apr 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    While most retirees don't need to have life insurance, others--such as debtors, investors and those with disabled children--may want to keep coverage.

  • Avoid the top 5 estate-planning blunders Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    Estate-planning blunders, from not signing health-care directives to leaving living trusts unfunded, are common—even among the fiscally prudent.

  • More retirees are keeping one foot in workforce Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    Motivated by mental stimulation or money, more Americans over age 65 are keeping one foot in the workforce after they leave their full-time careers.

  • Women face special retirement-saving challenges Saturday, 29 Mar 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    Women face a unique set of challenges in meeting financial goals, including longer life expectancy, fewer working years and smaller paychecks.

  • Reverse mortgages: Easy money or dumb move? Sunday, 23 Mar 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    Reverse mortgages let senior citizens convert home equity into cash without having to sell their house, but such loans come with significant risk.

  • Obama's budget plans bad for some 401(k) savers Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 9:00 AM ET
    Copies of U.S. President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget.

    Obama's proposed 2015 budget, reducing tax incentives for small businesses to offer retirement plans to employees, may harm Americans' savings plans.

  • Plan for financial independence, not retirement Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 9:21 AM ET

    Financial independence, with work more a choice than a necessity, is a worthier goal than retirement for increasing numbers of Americans.

  • ETF model portfolios: Staying on retirement track Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 | 12:58 PM ET

    CNBC's ETF Model Retirement Portfolios make some key changes: Bernanke taper talk takes a toll; gold and bonds are dogs; out with Chinese lending and in with Japanese economics.

  • Seniors Warned, Beware of Selling Pension Thursday, 30 May 2013 | 2:53 PM ET

    The growing number of retirees selling their pensions for cash is raising major concerns and drawing increased scrutiny for what some are calling unfair lending practices.

  • The 10 Best States for Retirement Monday, 6 May 2013 | 11:36 AM ET
    Nashville, Tennessee

    Whether you'd really consider retiring to North Dakota or West Virginia, this unconventional list will at least get you thinking about what you really need from a retirement spot.

  • Steps to avoid a big retirement tax hit Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | 10:40 AM ET

    Big tax changes this year will force many top earners to pay closer attention to the tax treatment of their investments, including retirement accounts.

  • Save for Retirement Even When You Earn Little Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | 2:15 PM ET

    Retirement fears may loom large when your income is small. Today, 38 percent of households say they live paycheck to paycheck, according to a study by the Consumer Federation of America and the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. But it doesn't have to be that way.

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    A series of high profile cyber attacks has created huge economic opportunity as businesses look to fend off future attacks.


  • CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses what the departure of Bill Gross means for 401k holders and individual investors' retirement plans.

  • People, mostly union and retired city workers, protest in front of the U.S. Courthouse in Detroit during the city's bankruptcy eligibility trial.

    The U.S. public pension gap has tripled to at least $2 trillion in less than a decade, Moody's Investors Service said in a report on Thursday.

  • Health savings accounts are a popular new way to cover out-of-pocket medical costs—and may improve your retirement prospects, too.