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  • As Americans are living longer, some people in their 50s and 60s are holding on to jobs longer while others are starting encore careers.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cashing out of savings

    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.

  • Grants and scholarships are taking a leading role in paying college bills, surpassing the traditional role parents long have played in helping foot the bills.

  • Should you take 3% from your retirement each year? 4%? More? It depends on how much your savings will earn, how long you live, and changing inflation, so start calculating now.

  • Small-business owners devote so much time and money to their ventures that they fail on retirement planning. And playing catch-up can mean taking on even more financial risk.

  • Here’s a picture perfect way to navigate life’s investment journey, from birth to education, marriage, wealth accumulation, retirement, and the family estate planning process.

  • Hundreds of people gather outside the US Supreme Court building in Washington, DC on June 26, 2013 in anticipation of the ruling on California's Proposition 8, the controversial ballot initiative that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

    The Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t just an emotional victory for same-sex spouses. It’s a practical one that will usher in a sea change and prompt lawsuits.

  • A new report portrays Generation X as the most direly affected by the retirement savings crisis, and suggests their spending habits are to blame.

  • Do you really need to start saving for your child’s college education at birth? Yes, and there are right ways to plan ahead, way ahead.

  • Couples can avoid financial headaches and relationship heartaches by having a frank discussion of their individual finances long before approaching the altar.

  • Figuring out a relatively smooth and peaceful way to leave wealth to future generations is very tricky business for wealthy families, and often leads to a blood feud.

  • A family is in touchy territory when adult children must begin to manage their elderly parents' finances. But a few essential steps can make the transition smoother.

  • Retirement coaches may help baby boomers deal with worries about outliving one's money and reinventing themselves in the second act of life.

  • Hobbled by student loan debt and a weak job market, many young adults wonder if they'll ever be comfortable enough financially to have kids.

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