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The messy math of Social Security, spousal benefits and when to claim

Your Social Security benefit calculation is based on more than your lifetime earnings.

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This former flight attendant is launching her first business — at 58

The number of Americans who’ve quit their jobs so far this year is the highest on record

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‘It’s all about improving life here on Earth’—this is astronaut Nicole Stott’s second act

The retired spacewalker says 'our planetary life support system is in grave danger. But science tells us there is reason for hope: If we take bold action starting now.'

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How to give your heirs quick access to your bank accounts when you die

Take a few essential steps now to help make things easier on your loved ones.

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This couple retired 2 years ago on about $27,000 a year. Here’s how that’s going

Joan and Steve Reid planned to retire happily by slashing their spending after moving from New York to less-costly Florida in 2019. Here's what happened.

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I inherited annuities from my dad — how can I avoid being double taxed?

You may find clues in the transfer statement

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Couples dream of moving to a great spot when they retire. But what if they each want to move to a different place?

How to find a middle ground -- or a Plan B

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How much should retirees worry about the price of oil?

The oil-stock correlation is anything but stable over time

News and analysis for those planning for or living in retirement

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Exercise is the wonder drug for healthy aging

Regular exercise is linked to lower risk of heart disease, cancer and dementia

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Could this mind hack boost your retirement savings 25%?

When people think in terms of 'fresh starts' it makes them more likely to increase their retirement contributions

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How will vaccine mandates affect already short-staffed nursing homes?

Long-term care employers have been resisting vaccine mandates for fear that it will exacerbate already challenging staffing shortages.

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Seniors are getting a big Social Security raise — but here’s why they’re falling further behind

The higher payment will be gobbled up elsewhere

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How much will you spend in retirement? 6 things you probably haven’t considered

Can you predict in your 50s where you’ll be in your 80s?

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The 9 best Vanguard funds for retirees

Simple, low-cost investments that won't lead you astray

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The largest COLA hike in 40 years is coming to Social Security in 2022 — what that means for your retirement

‘We are talking about an inflation rate that almost all Social Security recipients have never experienced'

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I never expected to retire to Panama — but we are living ‘very comfortably’ on $1,200 a month

This couple moved from Florida without speaking much Spanish.

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Medicare open enrollment begins today: Here’s what to know

The enrollment period is between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7

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Why this 25-year-old built a career in the senior living industry

She started as a volunteer at a retirement community when she was 10, now she's getting a master's degree and dedicating her life to bettering the resident experience.

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Don’t believe the hype: COLA and Social Security are crucial

The average senior citizen relies on Social Security for over 60% of their income -- we must fight for it

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Don’t let age get you down—it’s never too late to have a happier retirement

It's easy to go down a mental rabbit hole, but there are ways to change your mindset to live a happier, more productive life.

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You may have always known women are good with money — now research confirms it

A growing number of women are increasing their investing prowess and financial education, research shows

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These ‘Super Savers’ don’t have to think about retirement — how to become more like them

What are they doing differently than the rest of us?

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The debt limit could delay Social Security benefits

Even in the worst case, Congress should find a workaround

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You may be working a lot longer than planned — blame COVID-19

Some people plan to retire early, but that's not always good news

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With such low interest rates, should you get a reverse mortgage?

Could tapping that home equity through a reverse mortgage help older Americans attain a financially secure retirement while remaining in their homes?

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Are you eligible for Medicare? What to know about open enrollment

Tune in to eLesor’s conversation about Medicare open enrollment Wednesday at 12 p.m. ET

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Medicare is not enough—why so many Americans over 65 can’t afford health care

Thanks to the types of care Medicare doesn't cover and the out-of-pocket costs, health care is too expensive for most older Americans.

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Why you won’t know it when a bear market starts

It’s crucial to devise a strategy that you can live with through a bear market

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This simple investment can earn you more than 6% with no risk

But you might want to wait until Nov. 1 to buy in