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Hero Images/Getty Images Saving for retirement is no simple task. Not only is it increasingly difficult for Americans to put enough money away for a comfortable future, but it can be confusing to navigate the many savings vehicles available. Although the jargon might make individuals reluctant to...
Westend61/Getty Images There might not be anything that’s stoked more discussion in the personal finance world recently than the movement of extreme savers to retire early. This movement – dubbed “financial independence, retire early” or FIRE – has many adherents that keep to a frugal lifestyle...
D3sign/Getty Images A bill making its way through Congress may soon give new parents the ability to withdraw cash early from their retirement accounts penalty-free. While the legislation has yet to be finalized, the SECURE Act passed through the House of Representatives last week with near-unanimous support...
Getting medical help via phone is becoming more common. Photo courtesy of UPMC. Medicare celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. In honor of that momentous occasion, Congress is considering changes that would modernize the program, including allowing it to pay for a broader array of telemedicine...
Jesse Kraft / EyeEm/Getty Images You’ve retired. You received your gold watch, claimed Social Security and begun to plan that oft-delayed trip of a lifetime. You’re ready to take in nature’s splendor by the water. Where, though, should you enjoy your repose: Hilton Head, South Carolina? Jekyll...
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Boston Globe/Getty Images Spending your days lounging on sun-drenched white sands to a soundtrack of crashing ocean waves doesn’t have to be only a retirement pipe dream, but it does take some diligent planning to make it a reality. The first step? A comprehensive 401(k) plan. You should...
1 of 8 Begin slideshow NadyaEugene/Shutterstock.com Baby steps to retirement savings Babies crawl...
David Jakle/Getty Images You had every intention of saving 15 percent of your salary each year for retirement. But somewhere between braces and college tuition for the kids, your savings fell short. With less in the bank than you hoped for, you now face an unpleasant choice between...
UpperCut Images/Getty Images State and local government jobs have some big advantages. Benefits such as pensions and access to tax-advantaged government retirement plans called 457(b) plans make working for government pretty rewarding. Employees of the federal government have a thrift savings plan rather than a 457(b) plan. How the...