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  • What financial crisis? Consumers saving less Wednesday, 4 Sep 2013 | 1:11 PM ET
    Customers shop at a T.J. Maxx store in Washington.

    The stock market's recent strength is boosting consumers' savings, and they're responding by saving less, a new study shows.

  • Retiring with more: Don't wing it on your 401(k) Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | 12:41 PM ET

    Americans are saving more for retirement, but it's probably still not enough, according to a new analysis released by Fidelity. As of June, the average 401(k) balance was $80,600.

  • Least tax-friendly states for retirees Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | 11:04 AM ET

    Due to a combo of taxes on ordinary income, pensions, real estate, inherited property and estates, these 10 states can best be described as hostile territory for seniors.

  • Can't figure out your 401(k)? You're not alone Monday, 19 Aug 2013 | 12:30 PM ET

    A majority of Americans are bewildered when it comes to managing their 401(k) retirement plans, according to a new survey from investment firm Charles Schwab.

  • In wake of Detroit, what is a pension liability? Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | 11:30 AM ET

    A pension liability is the difference between the total amount due and the actual amount of money the company has on hand to make those payments.

  • Retirement alchemy: Less becomes more Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 12:18 PM ET

    Some retirees with mortgages are considering downsizing to reduce expenses. One survey says more than 40 percent of Americans ages 50 to 64 plan to move within five years.

  • Afraid of living too long? Buy this Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 3:36 PM ET

    With the possibility of spending two decades or more in retirement, some baby boomers are buying longevity insurance so they don't outlive their money.

  • Boomers use self-employment to stretch savings Wednesday, 7 Aug 2013 | 2:33 PM ET

    Being their own boss is easing the transition to retirement for some boomers. Ten percent of workers 45 to 74 plan to start a business, according to a recent survey by AARP.

  • Rethinking that 4% retirement rule Tuesday, 6 Aug 2013 | 11:56 AM ET

    A retirement formula devised in the 1990s doesn't seem to hold up in an environment of low-yielding bond, volatile stock markets and inconsistent returns.

  • Winning workplaces and how they make it happen Monday, 5 Aug 2013 | 2:08 PM ET

    Innovation, flexible hours and employee engagement are among the factors used by this year's winners of the Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility.

  • 5 common mistakes of rookie investors Sunday, 4 Aug 2013 | 9:38 AM ET

    The biggest mistakes that rookie investors make tend to be psychological ones—and simply knowing these pitfalls and keeping perspective can result in significantly better returns.

  • No rest for the wealthy     Friday, 2 Aug 2013 | 11:34 AM ET

    A new study shows that many people making $750,000 or more don't retire until well into their 70s, CNBC's Robert Frank said.

  • Class system? Rich have edge when it comes to aid Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 5:55 AM ET

    College students have a better chance of getting aid if they come from affluent backgrounds than if they are lower on the income scale, some new studies show.

  • Who pays for college education? Not Mom and Dad Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 | 2:38 PM ET

    Scholarships and grants have trumped parental contributions as the No. 1 source of paying for college for the first time in four years, according to a new report.

  • There's the beach, and here you are on your laptop Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 | 12:07 PM ET

    Almost two thirds of Americans plan to work during vacation this year, up from 52 percent a year ago, according to a new survey. Here's why.

  • Are 'no contract' wireless plans a good choice? Monday, 22 Jul 2013 | 6:08 AM ET

    If you're a gadget lover who always wants the latest smartphone, then you should consider a "no-contract" wireless plan.

  • McDonald's finance guide 'insulting' to workers Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 | 10:06 AM ET

    McDonald's workers have received a guide to personal finances that leaves some categories uncovered, such as food and heat. But $20 for monthly health care is included.

  • For part-time workers, here's a financial toolkit Sunday, 14 Jul 2013 | 3:00 PM ET

    The latest jobs report showed that 8.2 million Americans are working part time for economic reasons. An additional 19 million are working part time for other reasons.

  • Didn't get a prenup? Try a postnup Friday, 5 Jul 2013 | 7:05 AM ET

    Postnuptial agreements—similar to prenups, but for married couples—are on the rise, with growing acceptance and DOMA changing the marriage landscape.

  • Paid Time Off: You Should Use It or Lose It Sunday, 30 Jun 2013 | 3:00 PM ET

    Many companies now offer paid time off instead of a set number of vacation and sick days. It's easier for employers and workers, but can make it hard to hold on to unused time off.

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