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3 Reasons 70 is the New 62

As you approach your late 50s and 60s, retiring may seem like a good idea, but there are three good reasons to hold until you've reached 70.

Ladies: Don't Plan for Your Retirement Like a Man

When it comes to retirement planning, women face a set of gender-specific financial challenges that require intensive effort to overcome. Here's a look at these obstacles, and what women can do to avoid getting tripped up by them.

The $849,000 Penalty for Being Born Female

No matter how many times you read about the numerous financial challenges women face, nothing drives a point home like putting it into black-and-white dollar terms. Shocked by that $849,000 number? Here's a rundown of the details.

80 Is the New 65: How High Should We Boost Retirement Age?

Imagine what life would be like if we tacked 15 years onto the official retirement age -- it's not a particularly far-fetched scenario. AIG CEO Robert Benmosche has warned that Europe may have to do just that, and the U.S. will soon face a similar crisis.

The 10 Happiest Countries in the World

Once again, 24/7 Wall St. has examined the OECD's report on life satisfaction. And once again, the United States fails to make the top 10 happiest nations in the world. Which countries do? Some may surprise you.

For Retirement Planning, Words Matter

In matters of life and death, it turns out that semantics matters. When researchers asked people what age they would "live to," compared with what age they would "die by," people's expectations shot up by an average of nine years. Here's why that could have a big impact on annuities.

Voters Support a $1 Increase in Cigarette Tax

A new nationwide poll finds that two-thirds of U.S. voters support a $1 increase in tobacco taxes per pack. The tax could raise more than $9.1 billion in new annual revenue for states, says the report released by a coalition of public health organizations claims.

Stay away from these death states

Folks living in Mississippi might want to consider changing zip codes. According to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,...