Why ‘unretirement’ might be your best retirement strategy

Chris Farrell

Chris Farrell has a hot retirement investing tip for you, but it’s not a stock or bond. Farrell wants you to invest in yourself. In his new book, Unretirement (Bloomsbury Press), he argues that developing skills that can help you earn income well past traditional retirement age offers a better return on investment than any financial […]

How an aging population could be tonic for the economy

Paul Irving, president of the Milken Institute

Economists worry about something called the economic dependency ratio – the number of people over age 65 to 100 working age people. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the ratio will jump sharply in the years ahead as the population gets grayer – from 22 in 2010 to 35 in 2030. The total dependency ratio, […]

A holiday reading list for the retiree on your list

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Now that the baby boomer age wave is crashing ashore, Americans are retiring by the boatload. About 10,000 of us will turn 65 every day for the next 17 years, the Pew Research Center tells us. If someone on your gift list is hitting the beach this holiday season, a little guidance is in order […]

Purpose Prize winner finds encore career helping disabled vets with housing

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Vicki Thomas was at an age where many people look forward to retirement. She had enjoyed a successful career in public relations and marketing, including stints at a financial services trade group, a major television network, and running her own Connecticut-based marketing company. But Thomas flipped on the television one day in 2009 and saw […]

How to navigate benefits if you’re working past age 65

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It’s no secret that Americans are working longer. But some are working well past traditional retirement age: the fastest-growing segment of the labor force is workers over age 65, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – and the growth is especially pronounced among workers over age 70. Working longer certainly can boost the […]

Nuts and bolts of starting an encore career

Marci Alboher

Marci Alboher offers practical strategies for launching an encore career in The Encore Career Handbook (Workman Publishing). Tough economic times and intractable unemployment have made career reinvention a necessity instead of a virtue for many older Americans. But sometimes finding a new career after middle age is about more than just bringing in a paycheck. […]

Five questions for Marc Freedman about encore careers

Marc Freedman

Last week I attended the annual Encore 2013 conference, which always is a highlight on my calendar. It’s a great opportunity to hear from top thought leaders on the challenge of re-inventing careers at midlife, including the presentation of the Purpose Prize awards. Marc Freedman, CEO of Encore.org, always is too busy to talk at […]

Economist points to 15 fastest-growth career opportunities for 50+ workers

Barry Bluestone

If you train for it, the jobs will come. That’s the upshot of a new economic study that attempts to answer one of the toughest questions facing mid-life Americans: Will training for a new career pay off in the form of new career opportunities in a recession-wracked economy? It’s a critical question for workers in […]