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Retirement

How I Paid Off $440,000 in Debt

I’ve just de-boarded a multi-year financial roller coaster from hell.  In 2005, when my career as a creative director and tech writer took off, I was an über consumer, and things were good. Credit, and a lot of it, was available to me with...

Should I Cash Out My 401(k) to Pay Off Debt?

I'm a 33-year-old woman who's been unemployed for the past six months. So far I've been doing okay living on unemployment, but the money I put into my 401(k) is just sitting there. I'm not sure how much longer I will be unemployed, and in another...

How to Build Wealth at Every Stage of Your Life

While staying healthy may not always be easy, at least there’s a checklist of steps you can take to skew the odds in your favor. Your doctor — not to mention, any number of reputable health sites — can tell you exactly what to do, and when to do...

Ask an Advisor: How Do I Create a Retirement Savings Plan?

My husband and I are in our late thirties, and we're not sure how much we should be saving for retirement. How can we estimate what we'll need and how much we should be putting aside each year to cover it? We both want to retire in our sixties. —...

Peek Inside Her Portfolio: How I’ll Retire by 50

“Peek Inside Her Portfolio” looks beyond charts and formulas to explore how real women are (really) planning for retirement. Erica is a 39-year-old single woman who will be eligible for retirement from her job as a firefighter in 11 years. But...

6 Ways the 2008 Crash is Still Affecting Us

On September 15, 2008, global financial services firm Lehman Brothers famously declared bankruptcy, leading to widespread panic in the financial industry. Suddenly, the U.S. economic decline, a result of the housing bubble burst in 2007, became a...

9 Ways to Guarantee Your Retirement

Once upon a time, retirement meant stopping work at 65 and spending the rest of your days doing whatever you wanted while your Social Security and company pension checks rolled in. Not anymore.

A Simple Way to Save for Retirement

"I keep hearing about target-date funds. What exactly are they, how do they work and are they right for me?" —Alisa, Seattle, WA Ask many bright, accomplished woman about "diversification" and "rebalancing" and chances are you'll still get blank...

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