Retirement planning. What's the big deal? Guest contributor Linda Gardner writes that it seems like there's a new article every hour talking about an issue, concern or crisis related to retirement planning. What happened to just turning in your retirement forms and racing off into the sunset for never-ending vacation days, hoping that it will all work out OK? That seemed like a great plan when you were younger, she says. Now, here you are, racing toward retirement. What do you need to do? Let's start with the obvious: You need retirement income that will be there for the rest of your life. Read more about her strategies for developing a great retirement plan in Retirement Planning: Hope Isn't a Good Strategy.

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Social Security Benefits Planner

Social Security Quick Calculator

AARP's Social Security Benefits Calculator

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Center for Retirement Research at Boston College: Target Your Retirement

Financial Engines Social Security Retirement Calculator

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We hope you had a safe and fun Independence Day this week.