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  • Financial Literacy Education Not Making the Grade Tuesday, 4 Jun 2013 | 7:47 AM ET

    Despite a proliferation of games and apps, and efforts by schools to teach the subject, financial literacy declined between 2009 and 2012, a survey shows.

  • How to Avoid Retirement Portfolio Panic Monday, 3 Jun 2013 | 11:57 AM ET

    People nearing retirement are facing lower bond yields and home values. Here's how you can avoid retirement portfolio panic.

  • Millennials Make Most of Massive Inheritance Friday, 31 May 2013 | 12:46 PM ET

    Millennials are inheriting wealth at a greater rate than the two previous generations. The good news is they may be better suited to it than their parents or grandparents.

  • 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.

  • When Is $30K Worth $90K? When You Save It Early Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | 1:34 PM ET

    It sounds like a trick, but it's true: Someone who saves for retirement in their 20s and stops a decade later will have more at 62 than someone who starts saving in their 30s.

  • Here's the Best Insurance for Your Retirement Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | 10:46 AM ET

    Investing in long-term care insurance is one of the few ways to protect your retirement savings. But it's not cheap.

  • AARP Coaches Boomers on 'Reimagining' Their Lives Tuesday, 28 May 2013 | 11:38 AM ET

    Helping baby boomers navigate the future is becoming a big business, but now, there's a freebie: LifeReimagined.org from AARP.

  • How to Tie the Knot on a Shoestring Sunday, 26 May 2013 | 12:56 PM ET

    After plummeting in the wake of the financial crisis, spending on nuptials resumed its rise in 2010, and is once again approaching the record set before the financial crisis.

  • 6 Tips for Managing Your 401(k) in a Hot Market Friday, 24 May 2013 | 9:55 AM ET

    Making periodic adjustments to your asset allocation is a wise move, and should be part of your overall retirement strategy.

  • Average 401(k) Balance Grows 75% Since 2009 Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 2:21 PM ET

    The average 401(k) balance hit a record high of $80,900 in the first quarter, according to Fidelity Investments.

  • Would You Take Financial Advice From an Algorithm? Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 12:10 PM ET

    Web-based portfolio-management tools combine powerful analytics with flat fees. But is that enough to move private investors online?

  • African-Americans Retire Earlier, With Less Money Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 12:43 PM ET

    The new retirement age is getting younger for many Americans who can least afford to retire. African-Americans retire earlier than the general population, despite leaner nest eggs.

  • The $1 Million Retirement Nest Egg Myth Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 11:50 AM ET

    Everyone's goal is to retire a millionaire, but too many personal finance headlines want to sell you on the idea that there's a surefire method for incubating the million dollar nest egg.

  • Knowing When You Should Invest With ETFs Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | 1:50 PM ET

    Many financial advisors like ETFs, which offer low fees and trading ease, but ETFs are not perfect for all occasions.

  • 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Planning Your Retirement Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | 8:20 AM ET

    There's a lot at stake in how we plan for retirement, and most of us can't afford to screw up. Here are the top mistakes, according to financial planners.

  • Retirees Go Abroad to 'Arbitrage' Meager Incomes Friday, 17 May 2013 | 1:38 PM ET

    Retirees are increasingly moving where daily bills are lower in order to crank up the purchasing power of Social Security, pension or annuity payments.

  • Great Recession Will Haunt Gen-X Friday, 17 May 2013 | 7:01 AM ET

    Early Boomers may be on track to retire with enough savings for their golden years, a new Pew study finds. But Gen-Xersare in for a world of hurt.

  • Average US Retirement Age Is 61 — And Rising Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 4:50 PM ET

    Retiring at an average of 61, Americans plan to stay on the job until 66, according to Gallup, an uptick that predates the 2008 recession.

  • Hey, Mr. President: About Your Stock Portfolio... Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 7:42 AM ET

    The president's investment decisions are sensible even to a fault, with a largest position in U.S. Treasuries.

  • Cost of Health Care for Retired Couples Declines Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 2:09 PM ET
    Dr. Martha Perez examines a patient at Community Health of South Florida.

    A 65-year-old couple retiring this year would need $220,000 on average to cover medical expenses, an 8 percent decrease from last year's estimate. But most people estimate just a fraction of that.

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