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  • 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.

  • Recession, Kids, Put $117,000 Hit on Retirement Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 3:01 PM ET
    Out of the blue: a New Jersey home damaged by Superstorm Sandy

    For most of us, retirement planning involves dreaming. But a new survey shows that reality can intrude in unexpected and expensive ways.

  • Putting Family First Robs Women of Retirement Monday, 13 May 2013 | 2:38 PM ET

    A new study finds that taking care of their family's needs is impeding women's ability to save for retirement.

  • Stuck: When Moms Can't Afford to Work Sunday, 12 May 2013 | 6:46 AM ET

    You might think that being a stay-at-home mom is a choice. In fact, many moms are staying at home with their kids because they can't afford to work.

  • Where the Summer Job Market Is Heating Up Friday, 10 May 2013 | 2:57 PM ET

    The summer job market looks relatively sunny, including for young entrepreneurs. But teen job seekers will be competing with older workers for seasonal slots.

  • Slow Growth Emboldens Fed to Stay the Course Thursday, 9 May 2013 | 1:47 PM ET

    The slowing growth in prices has further emboldened the Fed to maintain its bond buying.

  • Attention Boomers: US Needs You to Work Past 70 Thursday, 9 May 2013 | 12:11 PM ET
    A senior citizen works as a sales associate at Home Depot in the lumber department.

    A rising population of working seniors will bring stronger economic growth if companies can retool to accommodate an older workforce, the Fiscal Times reports.

  • Don’t Let 'Dead' 401(k)s Skew Your Retirement Plan Wednesday, 8 May 2013 | 2:14 PM ET

    Americans typically work at seven different companies during their career, and most of them have something to show for each stop—untouched 401(k)s that can come back to bite you.

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