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For saving for her own future

Jan 20, 2012
This week's piggy is going to a mother who spent her money to keep her daughter happy.
Posted In: children, Savings, Retirement

Letters: Saving as much as you can

Jan 13, 2012
Tess Vigeland and senior producer Paddy Hirsch go through the Marketplace Money mailbag.
Posted In: letters, Saving, Retirement, emergency fund

Thinking about retirement?

Jan 12, 2012
Planning for retirement isn't easy. The Society of Actuaries has a retirement series that tries to give you a framework for thinking through the key decisions.
Posted In: Retirement, retirement savings

Take Social Security now -- or wait?

Jan 9, 2012
I will be 66 in June but want to continue working for 3 or 4 more years. (I am a college professor.) I am in the position of being able to take my social security check and put the full amount each month in a pre-tax IRA so I would not have to pay taxes on it. Am I better off doing this or should I delay taking it until I am 69 or 70 and get a larger amount each month? Thanks, Hal, Cullowhee, NC
Posted In: Social Security, Retirement, retirement savings

Getting Personal: Retirement

Jan 6, 2012
Tess Vigeland is joined by Chris Farrell, Marketplace Money's economics editor, to answer listener questions.
Posted In: Retirement, Savings

A sliver of good news on retirement

Jan 5, 2012
It's underappreciated how well one large cohort of aging boomers should do financially during the traditional retirement years: the college-educated stalwarts of the feminist movement.
Posted In: Retirement, retirement savings, Work

What are you? A stock? A bond? Something else?

Jan 3, 2012
The uncertainty is unavoidable, but you can come to a more reasoned savings decision by starting from a different place than market history and investing insight. Forget about investing and asset allocation. Think about your job and your career instead. Are you a stock or a bond?
Posted In: Investing, Retirement, college savings, Savings

A law degree and student loans

Dec 28, 2011
I have both private and federal student loans from undergrad and law school... I was wondering if you have any advice as to how best to manage this debt? I'm 28 and single so my financial obligations are otherwise relatively minimal for now, but due to my debt-to-income ratio, I've been unable to really lay away much in the way of personal savings in the 3+ years I've been out of school, let alone start saving for retirement. I'd really appreciate any advice you might be able to give to someone in my situation. Thank you! Kira, New York, NY
Posted In: Retirement, Law, career, student loans, debt

A retirement savings catch-up

Dec 27, 2011
I am a 58-year-old female, currently employed. I've got approx $100,000 saved in a 401(k) plan. I've had to take out a student loan to cover the cost of one year toward my MBA, which I have completed. Because of the student loan, I've decreased the 401(k) contribution -- normally 25 percent of my pay -- to 6 percent. I'll have the student loan paid off by April 2012. Since I am worried sick that I won't have enough when I retire, do you have suggestions about how to catch up? Danica, Houston, TX
Posted In: Savings, Retirement, retirement savings, Education

Retirement and creative spending

Dec 19, 2011
We often forget how creative people are at coming up with solutions to problems. Retirement is no different. Many retirees find that they can make significant cuts in expenses without slashing their standard of living.
Posted In: Retirement, retirement savings, spending

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