Now and Later: The Great Retirement Question

Over the last few months, I’ve read several articles that center around the idea that people should be saving every possible dime that they can

02.12.12

The Different Meanings of Saving for Retirement

My parents and Sarah’s parents are roughly the same age. Their retirement-age experieces are much different than each other. My parents are both retired in

How Important Is It to Start Early?

I get a lot of emails from people in their forties and fifties who are suddenly panicking about their retirement savings. Often, they don’t have

10.23.11

Help! I Don’t Know What Retirement Plan You’re Talking About!

Connie writes in: Roth, IRA, 401(k), 403(b), FERS, TSP – what on earth does it all mean? I know they all have to do with

Review: A Commonsense Guide to Your 401(k)

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book

Retirement Planning: Contributions & Debt Repayment Tips

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got

Some Thoughts on the Long Term

A few days ago, Donald left a provocative comment on my recent article How to Get Rich Quickly!. Although I think his tone is a

06.09.11

The Truth About Retiring at 65

In 1935, when the Social Security Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Roosevelt, the new law established a national retirement age of

How Long Is Your Long Run?

When I think about the long run, I’m usually thinking about what I would call “retirement.” It’s a state I hope to reach in my

06.07.11

Which Retirement Plan Is Right for Me? Traditional IRAs Versus Roth IRAs Versus 401(k)s and 403(b)s

Kelly writes in: I’m reading about retirement and I see terms like Traditional IRA and Roth IRA and 401(k) thrown around without really explaining what

10.04.10

Don’t Rely on Social Security

This is a message to all of those people under, say, forty out there. Don’t rely on Social Security for any part of your retirement.

Review: The Smartest Retirement Book You’ll Ever Read

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Daniel Solin’s series of The Smartest X Book You’ll Ever

06.12.10

What Does an Extended Lifespan Really Mean in Terms of Retirement Savings?

Here’s a number for you. Half of all babies born in the United States this year will live to age 104 or older. In other

02.27.10

Parental Responsibility and Retirement Savings

As I discussed yesterday in a pair of articles (this one and this one), I dream of a future where my children and I are

02.26.10

Your Child’s College Fund vs. Your Retirement

One of the most common debates I hear about from people such as myself – twenty- and thirtysomethings with young children at home – is

02.26.10

The Case for Saving for Retirement Over Saving for a Child’s College Education

One of the most common debates I hear about from people such as myself – twenty- and thirtysomethings with young children at home – is

02.19.10

Making Retirement Savings Tangible

Monica writes in: The one financial thing I haven’t done for myself yet is start saving for retirement. The problem is that I don’t ever

Review: The Retirement Savings Time Bomb… And How to Defuse It

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or related book of interest. For a long time, I avoided reading this book. The

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