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Planning to Retire

August 2008


Coming Soon: Great Places to Retire

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Next month, U.S. News will publish our annual list of great places to retire. Please E-mail us about your favorite U.S. retirement haven at retire@usnews.com. Descriptions should be 100 words or fewer and include your name, age, and phone number. Responses may be included in an upcoming article.

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Talking About My Generation

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Journalists like to use the terms baby boomers, greatest generation, and generations X and Y to make sweeping generalizations about large groups of people who may or may not have things in common other than their birth year.

In turns out that many baby boomers like their title, but every other ...

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Don't Plan Too Far Ahead for Retirement

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Many financial advisers tell clients to make long-term savings estimates for retirement. In theory, this encourages workers to save and invest on a consistent basis. But a new series of studies found that you should focus on saving for next month instead of the distant future.

Working adults asked ...

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Doing Nothing in Retirement

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When asked what he would do if he had a million dollars, Peter Gibbons, of the cult movie classic Office Space, replies, "I would relax. I would do nothing." Later in the movie, he actually seems quite happy about his choice to slack off and says, "I did nothing. I did absolutely nothing, and it ...

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Life After the Baby Boomers Retire

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All of the baby boomers will be age 65 or older in 2030. At this point, 1 in 5 U.S. residents will be solidly in the gray-hair-and-creaky-joints category.

The number of citizens ages 65 and older is expected to double from 38.7 million this year to 88.5 million in 2050, the U.S. Census Bureau ...

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baby boomers
retirement

Whose Responsibility Is a 401(K) Plan?

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Atlas, of Greek mythology fame, is often depicted in art supporting on his shoulders a globe representing the weight of the heavens. When you have a 401(k) and not a traditional pension, retirees must bear their own nest eggs, carrying them from job to job, nurturing them with additional ...

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401(k)
employment

Raising the Retirement Age

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In Social Security history, the age at which a worker can claim full benefits has increased only once—in 1983. The rise from age 65 to 67 was phased in over more than 20 years. As things currently stand, those born in 1937 or earlier get their full due at age 65, everyone born in 1960 or later ...

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retirement
social security

Phasing Into Retirement

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At first, retirement might be like a vacation. No alarms clocks, no commuting, no meetings or bosses. But some people who retire actually miss the office and want to return to work at the same company. No so fast! About half of companies have rules in place that don't allow you to waltz back over ...

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retirement
employment

Ranking Retirement Spots

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I regularly get E-mails from readers recommending great places to retire. But seldom do I get two endorsements for the same town. Using our Best Places to Retire database, U.S. News has created a series of lists of great places to retire reflecting the varied interests of our readers. Check some of ...

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retirement
rankings