Active-Duty Military: Retirement Income and Finances

In return for 15, 20 or more years of patriotic service and sacrifice, active-duty service members enjoy a retirement income plan that’s among the very best in any occupation. Retired pay, the military’s version of a pension plan, ...

5 Must-Haves for Your Retirement Toolkit

Are you building a nice garden home, a castle, or heading for life in a cardboard box? Earlier this year, the Employer Benefit Research Institute issued its annual Retirement Confidence Survey. If the findings are any indication, we should all ...

Choose the Right IRA for You

An IRA is a great way to save for the future, but only about 14% of U.S. households are contributing to one, according to a 2011 report by the Investment Company Institute. That’s a shame, because an IRA is a tax-deferred account that can ...

Going Civilian: The New Military Retirement Plan

As part of the deficit debates that have engulfed Washington this year, there’s been talk of sweeping changes to military retirement benefits. The first salvo was issued in July, when the Defense Business Board — an advisory group of ...

6 Tips to Boost Your Social Security Check

While you don’t have much control over how much you pay into the Social Security system, you may be surprised just how much you can influence what you get out of it. Here are six ways to maximize your payout.