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

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.

Pros, cons: Continuing care retirement community

usatoday.com — Most people want to age in place. But for those who don't, one option to consider is a continuing care retirement community or CCRC. CCRCs offer a variety of living options - from independent living to assisted living to nursing care - all within one community.

New and noteworthy investments for retirement

marketwatch.com — By iShares is launching on BATS Exchange an exchange-traded fund buying stocks of companies in smaller emerging markets. The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Horizon ETF focuses on countries such as Mexico, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand and avoids major emerging markets Brazil, Russia, India and China.

How to avoid being depressed in retirement

marketwatch.com — By "Retirement may be dangerous to your health-especially if you're a man. A growing body of research has found that retirement significantly increases the risk of clinical depression and even suicide among men." -The Secret Sadness of Retired Men, ThinkAdvisor Why do men become depressed in retirement?

Retirement news: The week in review

marketwatch.com — By Creation of private, nonprofit annuities, along with other measures, would go a long way toward heading off a retirement crisis in America, according to James Russell of Eastern Connecticut State University. (SmartBrief/ The Plain Dealer) Daniel Sentell notes that a divorced investor might "receive retirement assets from the other via a qualified domestic relations order," or QDRO.

Personal Finance: What if I can't pay student loan?

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. If a person owes $150,000 for private student loans, is there any way to negotiate a lower amount to pay off the loans?

10Best: Ways to improve your credit score

usatoday.com — Personal finance tips to aid your ability to get loans with good terms 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.

Personal Finance: Can foreign-born spouse get benefits?

usatoday.com — Veteran personal finance journalist answers your questions for USA WEEKEND. I have been married for 21 years. My husband was born outside the U.S., but is now an American citizen. He did not work enough in the U.S. to qualify for Medicare or Social Security. As a spouse, what benefits is he eligible for?

Court Ruling Sparks Rush to Shield IRAs

online.wsj.com — When is an individual retirement account not a retirement account? When the Supreme Court says so. In a unanimous decision in June, the Supreme Court ruled that an inherited IRA is no longer a retirement account-noting that a beneficiary can withdraw any amount from the account without penalty whenever he or she wishes-and so isn't protected from creditors under federal bankruptcy law.
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Oct 22, 2014

Under the Hood: What You Need to Know About the Federal Estate Tax (via @ThinkAdvisor) thinkadvisor.com/2014/10/07/und…

Oct 22, 2014

Middle-class adults have $20K saved for retirement usat.ly/1wk8zFf via @usatoday

Oct 22, 2014

The Science Behind Social Security Benefits Calculations - AICPA Insights blog.aicpa.org/2014/10/the-sc…

Oct 22, 2014

Top 10 attributes of ‘elite’ retirement advisers (via @LifeHealthPro) fw.to/kg753yC

Oct 22, 2014

Save it for a rainy day? Why You Can't Find a Taxi in the Rain & Other Labor Supply Lessons from Cab Drivers nber.org/papers/w20604

Oct 22, 2014

What to Do When You Inherit Your Parent's House nextavenue.org/article/2014-1… via @nextavenue

Oct 22, 2014

About 64 million Americans will receive a 1.7% increase in their monthly Social Security and SSI benefits in 2015. socialsecurity.gov/news/press/rel…

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