Free Resources for Managing Your 401(k)

Need help with retirement? The do-it-yourself investor can find plenty of online resources to help with retirement and other types of financial planning. Fidelity Investments in Boston offers a variety of tools, including some to help you devise a plan to pay off debt or decide whether to convert to a Roth IRA. Baltimore-based T. Rowe Price’s Retirement Income Calculator can project how much you will need in retirement vs. how much you will have, while Valley Forge, Pa.-based Vanguard’s Retirement …

How Smart Phone Apps Help Doctors Track Your Health

By Daniela Hernandez, Kaiser Health News Staff Writer, produced in collaboration with Wired Eric Topol, a cardiologist at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, knows when his patients’ hearts are racing or their blood pressure is on the rise, even if they’re sitting at home. With high-risk patients hooked up to “personal data trackers” – a portable electrocardiogram built into a smartphone case, for instance – he and his researchers can track the ups and downs of patients’ conditions as they …

How Do Your 401(k) Fees Stack Up?

Now that the government requires the fees associated with our 401(k) accounts to be disclosed, we all want to know: Are they on the low side, about what they should be, or too darn high? At the moment, it’s pretty hard to tell. Federal regulators are mulling over ways to improve the disclosures so that retirement savers like you and me can more easily answer that question. There’s a lot at stake. More than 50 million workers and retirees hold …

It Pays to Be a Good Neighbor

This Saturday, Sept. 28, is National Good Neighbor Day.  Who knew?  Of course, being a good neighbor every day of the year is always the right thing to do, but bonding with your neighbors can also help fatten your wallet. Here’s how: Membership Warehouse Club: Shopping at membership warehouse stores can save you some serious money, but what family can actually eat a 10-pound block of cheese? Who has space to store 50 rolls of toilet paper?  Consider joining forces with …

AARP’s New Workforce Profiles Tool Shines a Light on the Workers in Your State

Mining is not big business in Connecticut. I pretty much already knew that, but I was able to confirm it by using a new tool produced by the AARP Research and Strategic Analysis department this week. Based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2009-2011 American Community Survey, the AARP Workforce Profiles tool enables anyone to access all sorts of data specific to workers age 40+ in their state with the click of a button. Want to know the income levels of …

Easy Peazy Apps for Online Story Telling

I feel silly introducing myself every week…but there are three of us here on the Illinois Communications Team and you never know which of us you’ll get so…this post brought to you by Jenn!    If you’re like me  – you marvel at how fast technology is moving, you revel in all the time you save when you find the perfect app,  and sometimes you feel absolutely panicked  by the sheer number of digital tools out there. I’m one of those “try any …