All Things #Retirement -- Editor, Retirement Weekly; Columnist/Contributor, MarketWatch, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, & USA Weekend; Adj Prof., Boston Univ.

Personal Finance: Use 401(k) before Social Security?

usatoday.com — Veteran personal finance journalist Robert Powell answers your questions for USA WEEKEND. Veteran personal finance journalist Robert Powell answers your questions for USA WEEKEND. My wife would like to retire at 62. Would it be better for to use the funds from her 401(k) first to get to the age of 65 before filing for Social Security?

10Best: Ways to save money

usatoday.com — You have many options to fix up your finances, but these will have the greatest impact 1. Cut housing costs. These add up to about 33% of the average family's budget. Refinance your mortgage to a lower interest rate if possible, increase the deductible on your home insurance, even consider moving to a location with lower property taxes.

6 ways for pre-retirees to get secure retirement

usatoday.com — The research paints a bleak picture. Risky spending behaviors, high debt and financial illiteracy jeopardize the financial futures of many pre-retirees ages 51 to 61 years old, according to a recent report published by the Filene Research Institute, a Madison, Wis.-based research firm.

Ways to improve your credit score

hattiesburgamerican.com — Credit scores influence nearly all things financial in your life. Banks, credit card companies and others use credit scores in deciding whether to give you a loan, how much money you can borrow and how much interest to charge you. Here's some advice for improving your credit score: 1.

Retirement research worth reading

marketwatch.com — By U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: An analysis of multiemployer pension plans Center for State & Local Government Excellence: The Primary and Supplemental Retirement Plans of State and Local Governments Monthly Labor Review (BLS): Trends in employment-based health insurance coverage: evidence from the National Compensation Survey To continue reading, please subscribe.

New and noteworthy investments for retirement

marketwatch.com — By ValueShares is launching its first exchange-traded fund, which invests in stocks considered to be priced below their true value. The actively managed ValueShares U.S. Quantitative Value ETF uses quality and valuation screens, and forensic accounting to spot undervalued companies.

Retirement news: The week in review

marketwatch.com — By Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7% in 2015, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced this week. For 2014, the increase was 1.5%. The 1.7% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 58 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2015, according to a news release.

Personal Finance: Can I invest in a C corp in my IRA?

usatoday.com — Veteran personal finance journalist Robert Powell answers your questions for USA WEEKEND. Veteran personal finance journalist Robert Powell answers your questions for USA WEEKEND. Can an IRA own a C corporation as long as there are no directors who have a beneficial interest? - Pam Stephenson, Leawood, Kansas The short answer is yes.

Personal Finance: When to take first Social Security check

usatoday.com — Veteran personal finance journalist Robert Powell answers your questions for USA WEEKEND. Veteran personal finance journalist answers your questions for USA WEEKEND. I will turn 70 on March 12, 2015. I understand that the Social Security Administration computes "qualifying age" based on a full month after my birthday (since it is not on the 1st or 2nd of the month).

10Best: Ways to improve your credit score

wcnc.com — Credit scores influence nearly all things financial in your life. Banks, credit card companies and others use credit scores in deciding whether to give you a loan, how much money you can borrow and how much interest to charge you. Here's some advice for improving your credit score: 1.
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Oct 30, 2014

How many places will you call home in retirement? ow.ly/DzwNx

Oct 30, 2014

RT @MoneyLifeShow: Great show 2day: Part 2 of our Jack Bogle chat, @TomLydon of @ETFTrends, @RJPiii & @OonaghMcDonald2. Don't miss it; mone…

Oct 30, 2014

Use 401(k) before Social Security? usat.ly/1wIPooP via @usatoday

Oct 30, 2014

How many places will you call home in retirement? ow.ly/DzwKw

Oct 30, 2014

RT @BostonGlobe: BREAKING NEWS: Thomas M. Menino, Boston’s longest serving mayor, has died at 71 b.globe.com/1FZbcC0 pic.twitter.com/uoh7GunXyI

Oct 30, 2014

On this date: In 1735, John Adams, the 2nd POTUS, the son of a farmer & a descendant of Plymouth Rock pilgrims, was born in Braintree, Mass.

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