Social Security to Increase by 1.7% in 2013

Today the Social Security Administration announced the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2013. Beginning in January 2013, Social Security beneficiaries will receive a 1.7% increase. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will go up by the same amount beginning on December 31, 2012. To put this increase in perspective, the average recipient will see an […]

Published or Updated: October 16, 2012

Another Study on How Much You Should Save for Retirement

Over the years of writing about retirement here at the Dough Roller, I’ve covered a number of studies about retirement savings. There’s the book, Your Money Ratios, which posits that you need 12 times your annual salary by 65 to retire comfortably. And then there was a study by Money Magazine that basically reached the […]

Published or Updated: October 1, 2012

Get Your Social Security Statement Online

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Once a year my wife and I each receive in the mail our Social Security Statement. It shows us our earnings record for both social security and medicare. And it gives us an estimate of our future social security benefits depending on when we decide to retire. Recently the Social Security Administration made these statements […]

Published or Updated: May 25, 2012

2012 Retirement Confidence Survey

Savings Reported by Workers

The Employee Benefit Research Institute recently released its 2012 Retirement Confidence Survey (pdf download). It’s not a pretty picture. The survey covers a lot of retirement issues, including confidence you’ll have enough to retire (most aren’t so confident), what age you think you’ll retire (in 1991 11% said 65; in 2012 it jumped to 37%), […]

Published or Updated: May 4, 2012

Medicare ‘As We Know It’ Dead in 2024

So this is a good news, bad news, more bad news, and really bad news situation. The good news is that the financial stability (or lack thereof) of medicare and social security haven’t changed much since last year. I’m afraid the good news stops there. The bad news is that Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) […]

Published or Updated: April 23, 2012

What’s New for IRA Retirement Accounts (2012)

Each year the IRS puts out a comprehensive guide to Individual Retirement Arrangements (I always thought IRA stood for Individual Retirement Accounts, but it’s Arrangements). Called IRS Publication 590, it was last released on December 16, 2011. It covers new rules for both 2011 and 2012. Because the deadline for 2011 IRA contributions was April […]

Published or Updated: April 19, 2012

Traditional IRA Contributions and Deduction Limits For 2012

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As I’ve written about in the past, an IRA is a great way to save for retirement. If you qualify, you can stash money away for retirement, deduct your contributions from your taxable income, and let your nest egg grow tax-deferred until you take it out during retirement. The rules on contribution limits and whether […]

Published or Updated: October 28, 2012

Reader question: Should you invest in a 401(k), a Roth IRA, or pay off credit card debt?

Recently a reader e-mailed me with the following question: I definitely do want to open a Roth IRA as soon as possible because I hear it’s typically better than the Traditional IRA. However, I’m not certain whether one should be putting money way in one’s 401K or Roth. As you can tell, I’m not that […]

Published or Updated: January 7, 2012

Social Security Increase (COLA) for 2012–3.6%

Social Security Benefits Increase 2012

The Social Security Administration announced that monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will increase 3.6 percent in 2012. Called a Cost-of-Living Adjustment, or COLA for short, the 3.6% increase is the first raise in benfits since 2009. About 55 million Social Security beneficiaries will see the increase beginning in January 2012. Another […]

Published or Updated: October 20, 2011