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  • Granada, Nicaragua

    Here's a contest that's offering a free "test drive" of retirement in a tropical destination for a month. Applicants "must be willing to relax." Think you got what it takes?

  • 401(k) Disclosures Make Funds Cheaper, Not Clearer Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | 10:00 AM ET

    New rules have prompted companies to offer funds with lower fees, but half of workers still don't know how much they pay, according to a new study.

  • Beginning today, the Finance channel will become xfinity.com Money, powered by CNBC, bringing you the latest business news.

  • How the Pope's Retirement Package Compares to Yours Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | 7:51 AM ET
    Pope Benedict XVI, on his retirement day Thursday.

    Pope Benedict XVI's retirement package – the first the Vatican has offered in almost 600 years – is a sweet deal by the average American senior's standards.

  • Parents Are Robbing Retirement to Pay for College Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 12:00 AM ET

    Paying for your child's education is a laudable goal, but may not be realistic for some parents who could wind up jeopardizing their own financial future in order to put their children through college.

  • 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.

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