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As the calendar draws to a close on 2015, many of us will participate in an age-old tradition: drafting our New Year’s resolutions. The other tradition is to abandon those resolutions within the first few weeks of the New Year, or even sooner. However, a data from Fidelity...

In a recent Bankrate.com article, Sheyna Steiner cautions would-be retirees to expect health care costs in retirement to be higher than they expect. In her article, Steiner cites research from Healthview Services that indicates that the average lifetime cost for health care for...

Confronted with low interest rates, major insurers are exercising their contractual rights by raising rates on “universal life” insurance policies they sold to consumers years ago. Universal-life policies combine a death benefit with a tax-advantaged savings account....

A new TIAA-CREF survey finds more than half of investors look to short-term performance factors when making investment decisions, while nearly one-third mistakenly believe all investments carry the same overall level of risk. According to the survey results, 36% of investors look...

Most articles that I read about when to claim Social Security benefits say that it is better to delay as long as possible to maximize your monthly payment. However, a recent Motley Fool article outlines some situations where it may be better to take Social Security earlier rather...

My mom turned 70 this past April, which meant in October she started taking her required minimum distributions (RMD) from her individual retirement accounts. In an article for ConsumerAffairs.com, James Limbach offered a reminder to anyone born before July 1, 1945, that time is...

A study from Allianz Life shows that older Americans may be too confident in their ability to detect and stop elder financial abuse. The Safeguarding Our Seniors Study polled more than 2,000 Americans–both potential victims (ages 65+) and their friends/family (ages 40-64)–and...

InvestmentNews reported that a budget agreement by congressional leaders and the White House would end popular Social Security claiming strategies. Once it becomes law, it could cut off payments for beneficiaries, according to those familiar with the deal. According to the article,...

An article by Justin Fox for Bloomberg discusses a 2009 study by David Laibson, Sumit Agarwal, John C. Driscoll and Xavier Gabaox that found that cognitive function peaks at age 53 and starts to decrease rapidly, on average, for people in their 70s. The four economists examined...

In an article for AdviceIQ, Jim Blankenship offers some tips on how to minimize your 401(k) fees. Kept unchecked, the fees can become a significant drag on your investment performance. When evaluating a plan, Blankenship says investors should consider its internal expense ratio–the...