Your "break-even age" is just one factor to consider when deciding when to claim, says contributor Mark Miller.
Jobs outside the structure of full-time work lack the features and benefits that fund retirement security, says contributor Mark Miller.
The commercial market shifts to policies combining care protections with life insurance, notes contributor Mark Miller.
Policies on income and property levies can differ starkly from state to state.
Retirees should keep the aging bull market, Social Security and Medicare, interest rates and more on their radar this year.
Because of the way the Social Security cost-of-living adjustment and Medicare premiums interact, millions of retirees will experience flat benefits next year, says contributor Mark Miller.
This benefit is an integral part of overall risk protection for workers, notes contributor Mark Miller.
Contributor Mark Miller explains how to effectively and efficiently re-evaluate your prescription drug or Medicare Advantage coverage.
Contributor Mark Miller explains how Medigap works, what it covers and costs, and when you should buy it.
Ageism remains an issue in the labor force. Contributor Mark Miller offers ideas to defend against it.
Healthcare will be one of the largest categories of cost for most retirees.
Healthcare is among the largest expenses in retirement, but making smart decisions about Medicare coverage early can help down the road, says contributor Mark Miller.
Equities could improve the long-range health of Social Security's trust fund, argues contributor Mark Miller.
Many Americans expect to close retirement plan gaps by working longer, but the strategy comes with its own risks, says Morningstar contributor Mark Miller.
Contributor Mark Miller discusses how immediate and deferred income annuities can help investors mitigate longevity risk in retirement.
Contributor Mark Miller finds that there are cases where owning life insurance in retirement makes sense.
Contributor Mark Miller discusses the government assistance available to special-needs family members, the role of ABLE accounts, and retirement plans that involve the whole family.
Contributor Mark Miller takes a look at a trio of changes that may be debated in Washington.
Contributor Mark Miller takes a look at retirement-related issues that could see action in Washington in the coming year.
For many, it can pay to re-shop coverage.
A little-understood Social Security rule called the Windfall Elimination Provision can catch public-sector retirees off guard.
Reforms call for pension system cuts to make way for TSP matching contributions.
Women lag behind men in building retirement assets. But the gap is starting to narrow, reports contributor Mark Miller.
Some call for a hybrid public-private solution to financing long-term care costs and insurers to create new products, writes contributor Mark Miller.
Contributor Mark Miller explains how survivor benefits differ from spousal benefits, who can receive survivor benefits, and how to apply.
Contributor Mark Miller reviews the rules for spousal benefits after the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 takes effect later this month.
Contributor Mark Miller explains how and why benefits are taxed--and what retirees can do to minimize the tax bite.
Be sure to navigate the sign-up processes for these programs properly, warns Morningstar contributor Mark Miller.
Contributor Mark Miller expects changing rules for retirement advice and rising inflation to be among the most important retirement stories this year.
The current formula driving Social Security's cost-of-living adjustment is out of whack, says contributor Mark Miller. Here's what seniors can do to keep up.
In the wake of new legislation, contributor Mark Miller explains the phase-out of 'file-and-suspend' and looks at the valuable spousal-claiming techniques still available to married couples looking to maximize their benefits.
An unusual confluence of flat Social Security benefits and rising healthcare costs could turn up the pocketbook pressure on some seniors next year, writes contributor Mark Miller.
Premiums for top prescription-drug plans will rise an average of 8% in 2016, but there are opportunities to save, says contributor Mark Miller.
States may soon get the go-ahead on auto-IRA programs, but their impact on the retirement-savings landscape will be modest, says contributor Mark Miller.
QLACs offer longevity insurance in IRAs and 401(k)s, but will they catch on?
The program, which turns 50 this month, is at a crossroads.
A micro-enterprise can generate income without much risk.
If you're enrolled in Medicare--or will be in the years ahead--here's what you need to know.
A recent study offers food for thought on the best way to insure against the risk of high long-term care expenses.
Years of employment (and unemployment), wage inflation, a weighted insurance amount formula, mortality tables, and inflation adjustments all factor in.
Although concentrated ownership of company stock in retirement plans is less common than a few years ago, it's no less risky.
We crunch the numbers to see how much high-income people, who tend to live longer, can benefit by delaying Social Security.
New life-expectancy projections will accelerate de-risking strategies among plan sponsors, including lump-sum offers.
Special considerations around guaranteed income and health-care planning may be in order for the growing group of retired singles.
How are older workers faring? The picture is mixed.
Employer coverage is on the verge of major change that will leave retirees footing a larger share of the bill.
Consider factors such as number of health-care facilities and grocery stores, affordability, transit times, and job opportunities to find communities that are built to accommodate older residents.
Couples should have the financial discussion well before they think they need it, says author Kathleen Burns Kingsbury.
'File-and-suspend' can work so well for couples that it may be limited in the future.
Deferred and single premium income annuities have key value propositions, but buyers should consider an array of questions before deciding they're a good fit.