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  • 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...

  • 9 factors that can affect happiness in retirement Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 2:21 PM ET
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    A number of predictors indicate just how happy you'll be in retirement. Here are nine to consider.

  • Here are 5 ways to earn money in retirement Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 11:13 AM ET

    Many people want to continue working in their golden years. Here are five ways you can earn money while retired, USA TODAY reports.

  • Retirement: A financial hangover?   Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 4:50 AM ET
    Retirement: A financial hangover?

    Some 40 percent of people are either not saving or severely reducing the amount they are saving for retirement, says Michael Schweitzer, head of sales and distribution for group wealth management at HSBC, who believes it is, "never too late to start saving."

  • Retirement: A financial hangover?   Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 4:50 AM ET
    Retirement: A financial hangover?

    Some 40 percent of people are either not saving or severely reducing the amount they are saving for retirement, says Michael Schweitzer, head of sales and distribution for group wealth management at HSBC, who believes it is, "never too late to start saving."

  • Your age, worth + politics = your stock picks Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 9:31 AM ET
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    We are what we own. Stock portfolio ownership reveals characteristics about age, wealth and politics

  • CHICAGO, Jan 15- My home state of Illinois is not the first place that comes to mind for innovative approaches to retirement savings. But Illinois just became the first U.S. state to adopt a promising new approach to a big problem in the nation's retirement saving system: the lack of workplace saving options for low-income workers. The new law puts Illinois at the...

  • Home buyers aren't shopping for a mortgage: Govt Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 8:53 AM ET
    Pedestrians pass a sign advertising mortgages at a Citibank branch in New York.

    Almost half of home buyers do not shop around for a mortgage, a government study finds, even though terms and rates can vary widely.

  • Time to dump your actively managed mutual funds? Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 | 11:55 AM ET
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    Put off by actively managed funds' subpar performance and fees, investors are putting more money into index funds and ETFs. Should you?

  • Holiday spending hangover? Here's the cure Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 7:00 AM ET
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    Feeling that holiday spending hangover? You have plenty of company. And luckily, experts have plenty of tips to get you back in shape.

  • Spending the bonus: Do you deserve to splurge? Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 7:30 AM ET
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    Savvy investors plan to spend 2014 bonus checks, according to an E*Trade survey, but only some have really earned the right to do that.

  • Overeating? Undersaving? You've got company Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 8:39 AM ET
    holiday weight gain

    A new survey finds that Americans are most likely to blow their budget on restaurants and food, and they're overdoing it with credit cards.

  • One-fifth of Americans don't plan to pay off their debt Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 12:02 AM ET
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    Some 18 percent of respondents to a new survey expect to be in debt for the rest of their lives.

  • Want to reach your $$$ goals? Try this budget tool Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 12:01 AM ET
    January calendar page

    New Year's financial resolutions help you stay on budget and stick to savings goals, a survey finds, but most investors won't make them.

  • Americans' retirement know-how rates 'F': Survey Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 11:33 AM ET
    Financial planning

    Most Americans lack even a basic understanding of how to make their retirement nest egg last, a new survey finds.

  • BrightScope Bros. redefine retirement   Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 9:00 AM ET
    BrightScope Bros. redefine retirement

    Mike and Ryan Alfred of BrightScope join Sharon Epperson to discuss the latest in retirement.

  • Will the new 401(k) guarantees save your retirement? Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 9:32 AM ET
    Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation headquarters

    Rule changes on guaranteed pension payments look promising, but are they for you?

  • Asset allocation key in retirement savings plans   Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 12:00 PM ET
    401 (k) statement

    Sharon Epperson interviews Kathleen Murphy, president of Personal Investing at Fidelity Investments, about the importance of asset allocation in retirement savings plans.

  • HONG KONG, Nov 7- U.S.-based Principal Financial Group Inc said on Friday it had agreed to buy French insurer AXA SA's Hong Kong retirement savings business for $335 million in what would be the city's first pension M&A deal in more than a decade. HSBC Plc and Manulife Financial Corp control nearly half of all retirement savings assets in Hong Kong, according to...

  • Investors find better balance in their 401(k)s Thursday, 6 Nov 2014 | 8:13 AM ET
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    Fewer investors are going all-in with their retirement savings.