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  1. Baby Boomers Turning 60 (MSNBC News)
      "The generation that vowed to stay forever young is coming up on a major milestone. But for the 3.4 million Americans who were born in 1946, retirement is a distant prospect, and life still holds plenty of promise and surprises." 11-05

  2. Best Places for Retirement (U.S. News)
      "U.S. News has assembled 1,000 places for you to choose from, plus profiles of 10 that we found attractive." 06-08

  3. Best Places for Retirement (U.S. News)
      "U.S. News has assembled 1,000 places for you to choose from, plus profiles of 10 that we found attractive." 06-08

  4. Best Places to Retire (U.S. News)
      "U.S. News has assembled 1,000 places for you to choose from, plus profiles of 10 that we found attractive." 07-08

  5. Boomers Unprepared for Retirement (CBS News)
      "Financial planners strongly suggest having at least 70 percent of your current income saved up for every retirement year you think you'll have."

      "It's a lot of saving, but a recent study by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that about 41 percent of workers between the ages of 25 and 64 had any kind of retirement account. And half of those who did had balances of less than $33,000." 10-03

  6. Budget Deficit and the Aging Population (USA Today)
      "When deficits started taking off 20 years ago, the retirement of the baby boom generation was just a distant worry. Now, as the nation faces years of red ink, including at least a $400 billion shortfall in 2003 alone, the graying population is a fast-approaching reality that will put unprecedented strains on Medicare, Social Security and the economy starting around 2010."

      "While recent advances in productivity are expected to help the nation cope with the bulge in retirees, the reduced workforce, possible slowing of immigration and huge new fiscal burdens mean that, unlike the 1990s, the nation could have a tougher time growing out of new budget problems, economists say."

      "At the same time, by locking in years of deficits, lawmakers and the White House are reducing national savings and putting upward pressure on interest rates. That could limit their flexibility to increase taxes, issue bonds or take other steps to reform the massive health and retirement programs — while forcing deeper benefit cuts." 2-04

  7. Calculating Retirement Needs (Bankrate.com)
      "Saving for retirement would be a lot more satisfying if it were easier to measure progress along the way -- a yardstick and maybe a little "attaboy" reward now and then for staying on track. That's why I like this tool from the Principal Financial Group, which makes it very easy to see whether your diligent savings is paying off and your money is growing. The reward? Confidence that a comfortable retirement is ahead." 03-11

  8. Cutting Costs in Retirement (U.S. News)
      "Few Americans are saving enough to finance a retirement that could last 30 years or more. Workers who haven't accumulated enough to maintain their current standard of living have two choices: delay retirement or learn to live on less money. Those willing to put in a little effort to downsize big and small expenses may be able to get by just fine with a smaller retirement stash." 03-10

  9. Financial Questions Couples Should Ask (U.S. News)
      "A study from the Hartford Financial Services Group and the MIT AgeLab found that couples who divide up financial tasks, where one spouse handles day-to-day bill paying and the other investment management, fare better than those who hand over the financial reins to one person while the other takes a back seat." 07-08

  10. Five Funds for Retirees (U.S. News)
      "Funds that specialize in dividend-paying stocks are a good bet for retirees. That's because dividend income—which is essentially a portion of company profits paid out to shareholders—helps offset fluctuations in a stock's share price, essentially creating a cushion during turbulent markets."

      "So-called equity income funds go a step further: They provide income from dividends but also strive for growth from capital appreciation. "Equity income funds are useful because they give you consistent income but also stock market exposure," says Steven Dimitriou, managing partner of Mayflower Advisers, an investment advisory firm in Boston. The following funds rank among the top performers in Lipper's equity income category over the past five years through July 1 [2008]:" 07-08

  11. Gain All of the Benefits You Deserve (BenefitsCheckup.org)
      "Get all the benefits you deserve. Find and enroll in federal, state, local and private programs that help pay for prescription drugs, utility bills, meals, health care and other needs." 07-08

  12. Health Care and Retirement (Time.com)
      "One of the most underestimated costs in retirement is health care, and for good reason. The figures can be staggering. A healthy 65-year-old couple should plan on $305,000 in out-of-pocket health costs during their retirement, according to a study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute." 01-10

  13. How to Retire on a Shoestring (U.S. News)
      "Most people know that they can sign up for Social Security beginning at age 62 and Medicare at age 65. But if you truly need extra money to help pay for prescription drugs, healthcare, and utilities, the National Council on Aging's BenefitsCheckUp.org can help you find and navigate the complex eligibility rules for federal, state, and local programs that you might not be aware of."

  14. Locating Housing for Seniors (SeniorHousingLocator.com)
      Provides options by city and state. Provides distance from city by option provided. 07-08

  15. Money Styles (iVillage.com)
      "Planning for retirement can be a serious source of conflict if you and your mate don't see eye to eye. In my professional practice I work with couples who are in conflict over finances. Every couple has its own situation and dynamic, but three situations come up time and time again. See whether your husband is most like Phil, Fred or George -- and how you can work with him to get your retirement spending on track." 11-05

  16. Retirement Bargains (US News.com)
      "You've earned it: a great place to settle down after years of hard work. And it can be affordable, too. U.S. News has consulted the retirement experts and discovered 10 low-cost gems that are worth a closer look." 06-07

  17. Retirement Planning at Any Age (Time.com)
      "The market crashed — then recovered. Feeling safer? To battle the uncertainty, check out our five-part series on how to plan for retirement now." 12-08

  18. Safety Ratings for Banks (BankRate.com)
      "Bankrate.com's Safe & Sound® service is a proprietary system designed to provide information on the relative financial strength and stability of U.S. commercial banks, savings institutions and credit unions." 07-08

  19. Safety Ratings for Banks (BankRate.com)
      "Bankrate.com's Safe & Sound® service is a proprietary system designed to provide information on the relative financial strength and stability of U.S. commercial banks, savings institutions and credit unions." 07-08

  20. Safety Ratings for Banks (BauerFinancial.com)
      "For all the institutions headquartered in a state, select the state and leave the Institution field blank:" 07-08

  21. Seeing Where You Are With 401(K)'s (US News)
      "Have you ever wondered how your 401(k) nest egg compares with those of coworkers or neighbors your age? Here's a sneak peek into what Americans have stashed away in their 401(k)'s and how they've invested their money, by age group." 08-07

  22. Seniors Banding Together for Support (US News)
      "Cambridge at Home, which began operations October 1, is one of a new breed of retirement communities that allow people to continue living in their own homes as they receive organized support. These types of communities are in their infancy, so their long-term success remains uncertain. But for seniors who are reasonably healthy, they promise a way to delay or perhaps avoid the need to move in with family or to a facility offering round-the-clock care." 11-07

  23. Seven Ways to Retire During a Recession (U.S. News)
      "It's never a good idea to retire in a year when your portfolio is down. But baby boomers willing to save more, spend less, and work longer should still be able to retire." 12-08

  24. Three Industries Benefiting from Retiring Boomers (U.S. News)
      "Baby boomers mean big business for the Generation Wave Growth fund, which bets on three industries poised to benefit from the torrent of boomers entering retirement over the next 15 years: healthcare, financial services, and technology." 07-08

  25. Ways to Tell If You Are Financially Ready for Retirement (U.S. News)
      "Here are some ways to tell if you are financially prepared to take the leap...." 07-08


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