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  • Financial independence, with work more a choice than a necessity, is a worthier goal than retirement for increasing numbers of Americans.

  • CNBC's ETF Model Retirement Portfolios make some key changes: Bernanke taper talk takes a toll; gold and bonds are dogs; out with Chinese lending and in with Japanese economics.

  • 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.

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    Whether you'd really consider retiring to North Dakota or West Virginia, this unconventional list will at least get you thinking about what you really need from a retirement spot.

  • Big tax changes this year will force many top earners to pay closer attention to the tax treatment of their investments, including retirement accounts.

  • Retirement fears may loom large when your income is small. Today, 38 percent of households say they live paycheck to paycheck, according to a study by the Consumer Federation of America and the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. But it doesn't have to be that way.

  • It's never too late or too early to think about diversifying. Introducing CNBC's Model ETF Retirement Portfolios: one for a 70-year-old, one for a 50-year-old and one for a 30-year-old.

  • Meet the minds behind CNBC's ETF Advisory Council.

  • This model ETF portfolio targets an individual who is 70 years old and most likely already in retirement.

  • This model ETF portfolio targets an individual who is 50 years old, with less than 20 years to retirement.

  • This model ETF portfolio targets an individual who is 30 years old, with more than 30 years to retirement.

  • Track CNBC's Model ETF Retirement portfolios for 30-years, 50-year-old, and 70-year-olds.

  • Thirty-year-old Jason Fieber says he has saved $100,000 in three years even though his annual net income is $50,000. His goal: retire by age 40. USA Today reports.

  • A new survey finds Boomers' fears about finances have abated, with nearly a quarter of them feeling more secure than they did 12 months ago.

  • Eschewing the Sun Belt, retirees are finding ways to cope with the high prices and high taxes that come with enjoying a big-city lifestyle.

  • What areas have residents who are the best prepared for retirement? The Ameriprise Financial planning company put together the New Retirement Mindscape City Pulse index. Here they are, ranked by the confidence level of residents.

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