RetirementFinances

Why Inflation Is Higher Than It Looks

The Consumer Price Index, which measures inflation, is only as effective as the assumptions it makes -- in this case, about what you buy. If you spend more on certain things than most people, then the CPI will do a terrible job of reflecting the prices you actually pay. In particular, retirees often don't fit the CPI profile well at all.

7 Resolutions for Retirees in 2012

Retirees may be past the days of resolving to work out more or buy fewer $4 coffees. Yet when it comes to money in particular, resolutions may be even more important for those living on fixed income. From financial nuts and bolts to more holistic aims, here's a look at seven worthy resolutions for retirees to commit to in 2012.

Not Much for Social Security Recipients

Social Security recipients, 55 million strong, will get a 3.6% cost of living increase next year. There has not been a cost of living increase from the fund in three years. This one is so small that it may harm consumer spending. It certainly won't help -- another likely drag on GDP.

Don't Let Bad Planning Ruin a Lifetime of Saving

Even if you've saved enough to live comfortably, the golden years don't buy you a reprieve from money worries. In fact, being retired can make you even more vulnerable to fiscal strife, if you're not prepared. Consider Tom Binns, who retired after a lifetime of savings, only to find that financial responsibilities didn't end with his 9-to-5.

Is Social Security Ripping You Off?

Social SecurityIn all the hype and emotion surrounding the debate, it's easy to miss the real point about Social Security -- whether it's worth it for most...

Your Social Security Benefit: $29.02 a Day

Could you live on less than $30 a day? If you don't have a pension or adequate personal savings, that's what the typical retiree will get in 2036, even setting aside the near-term risks facing Social Security. But don't despair: There are ways to boost your benefits, and ensure that old age doesn't equal penury.