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  • Firm Cuts 401(k) Fees, and Adds Personal Advice Sunday, 24 Feb 2013 | 10:37 AM ET

    Charles Schwab's model in the new low-fee 401(k) environment is to move to index fees, and hope customers will pay to take their advice.

  • 401(k)s Hold Risky Levels of Company Stock: Pro Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 | 5:13 PM ET

    Employees at some of the largest U.S. corporations have as much as 70 percent of their retirement savings invested in company stock, Morningstar's David Blanchett told "Power Lunch."

  • This Wealthy Nation Can't Afford to Retire Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 | 3:42 AM ET
    Empty Nest

    Singapore may boast of the highest percentage of millionaires in the world, but retiring here is becoming even more difficult for the common man.

  • Boomers' Credit-Card Profile Resembles Gen Y's Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 | 10:46 AM ET

    Low- and middle-income households of Americans over 50 have an average balance of $8,278, more typical of young parents or college students.

  • Should You Worry About Your Money Market Fund? Thursday, 14 Feb 2013 | 3:14 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve says the money market fund industry needs more regulations to keep it from a collapse and a repeat of another run on assets. Money market management firms like Fidelity, are fighting back saying enough is being done to keep investors safe.

  • Record 401(k) Balances—How Does Yours Compare? Thursday, 14 Feb 2013 | 6:44 AM ET

    Employee 401(k) accounts are jumping to record levels thanks to the surging stock market and increased contributions from workers and their employers.

  • Four Ways to Make Your Tax Refund Pay You Back Wednesday, 13 Feb 2013 | 2:17 PM ET

    For the nearly half of Americans expecting a refund on their taxes this year, four ideas for maximizing the money that's coming back.

  • Fixing Retirement By Putting It on Autopilot Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 | 2:38 PM ET

    As traditional pensions disappear, some retirement experts say it's time to reform the 401(k) so it can take over as our primary retirement vehicle.

  • As Tax Time Nears, Can You Trust Your Taxman? Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 | 10:39 AM ET

    An attempt by the IRS to get new regulations to stop fraud among tax preparers has hit a roadblock. The issue raises the age-old question of credibility for those who prepare our taxes.

  • Five Things to Do Now to Prepare for Retirement Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 | 8:30 AM ET

    USA Today asked financial advisers: What are the five things people, especially Baby Boomers, can do right now to prepare for retirement? Here's a compilation of their recommendations.

  • What would it cost for you to feel comfortable walking away from a steady income to live off your bank account and investments? The answer begins with what you spend each year.

  • What Are Homeowners Doing With Refinance Savings? Friday, 8 Feb 2013 | 12:03 PM ET

    While prudent borrowers are using extra cash to pay down debt, many are either forgoing the savings to shorten the term of the loan, or spending it.

  • Global Electric Motors

    Go greased lightning? Not exactly, and Florida retirement community residents aren't too happy about paying up to $1,000 to insure their souped-up golf carts.

  • Rethinking Savings Plans as Americans Raid 401(k)s Tuesday, 5 Feb 2013 | 3:59 PM ET

    As companies switch to 401(k)s over traditional pension plans, policymakers are searching for ways to make employee-contribution plans adequate for retirement.

  • Well-Off Show 'Worrisome Disconnect' on Retirement Tuesday, 5 Feb 2013 | 10:44 AM ET

    Almost two-thirds of Americans in a new survey said they are doing all they can for retirement, and fewer than a third said they are worried they aren't saving enough.

  • Minimizing Risk, Fidelity's Target Date Funds Lag Tuesday, 5 Feb 2013 | 7:54 AM ET
    Fidelity Investments

    New research shows that many Fidelity target date funds have routinely turned in worse returns in recent years than their biggest peers.

  • What Dow 14,000 Means for Your Retirement Plan Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 7:11 PM ET

    The Dow's rally to 14,000 and beyond has retirees running in both directions — some are running for more profits and others are running for the exits.

  • Plan on Working Past Age 65? You'll Have Company Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 12:25 PM ET
    Warren Buffett is America’s most famous senior citizen still on the job. But he’s not alone.

    Americans working into their late 60s is part of a long-term trend that is expected to continue, despite the tight job market.

  • 5 Tax Deductions That Pay You for Helping Yourself Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 8:29 AM ET

    Hidden in our convoluted tax code are rewards for saving for retirement, looking for a new job, going to college -- even getting a new pair of glasses.

  • Student Debt Climbs and Credit Risk Gets Steeper: Report Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 4:39 PM ET

    Americans now owe an average of $27,253 in student loans as the delinquency rate has increased by more than 47 percent since 2005, according to a new report.

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