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Retirement

Are You Two in Sync About Retirement?

My husband and I have mused about where we’d like to retire for most of our 22-year marriage. Cape Cod so he can spend his time deep-sea fishing? A pied-à-terre in New York, where we lived when we were first married? Or perhaps Napa Valley so we...

Peek Inside Her Portfolio

“Peek Inside Her Portfolio” looks beyond charts and formulas to explore how real women are (really) planning for retirement. First up, Allison, a 44-year-old mother of two who shared her 401k and Roth IRA accounts with Mary Claire Allvine, a...

Behind on Your Savings? (That Would Be Most of Us)

Let’s say that you’re one of the 86 percent of Americans who say they haven’t saved enough for their retirement.A) You can promise yourself that now, finally, you're ready to get your ducks in order. Buckle down. Get serious. Buy Barrons. Every....

3 Retirement Traps

You max out your 401k have equity in your home, and keep an eye on your portfolio—so why do you still feel uneasy about the future?Maybe because you’ve fallen into one of these three common retirement traps, says Gregory Salsbury, Ph.D., author of...

Try the Dual-Income System

Couples often ask me whether they should combine finances or not. My personal answer is yes…and no.In other words, what my husband and I have found (and what many studies show) is not just that money fights can wreck a marriage, but the underlying...

How to Talk Investments with Your Honey

You and your mate may squabble over plenty of financial decisions, but there’s one financial move you absolutely, 100 percent, hands-down, must agree on: your retirement strategy. Yet 73 percent of couples don’t. That’s bad because...

Save for Our Future—or the Kids'?

Should Your Retirement Trump Your Kids’ College Fund?My oldest daughter is 10. She just started middle school (and reading young adult novels, and asking if she can wear dangly earrings).The future seems a lot closer than it used to be. Which...

How to Figure Out 401k Fees

Noticed something new in your 401k statements? (Admit it: you're only opening them now, because it's tax season.) You're probably looking at a fee breakdown, the actual cost of your 401k, because plan sponsors are now required to spell out how...

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