Sharon Epperson, NBR, CNBC.com’s Posts

Credit-card debt is a huge financial concern for seniors, right behind medical bills and just ahead of paying for utilities.

When you lose a spouse, it doesn’t have to result in financial free fall. Here are five tips to help you maintain control of your money.

The majority of Americans don’t think they are saving enough and are worried their savings won’t last as long as they do.

Three out of five financial advisors say more than half of clients are more concerned about retirement security than last year.

Markets started 2016 in chaos: It was the worst start for the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones industrial average ever.

If you’ve decided that 2016 is the right time for you to make the transition to retirement, you need to be financially well prepared.

A rate hike looks to be on the horizon this holiday season, with most experts betting the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates by the end of the month. It may not be the present that’s at the top of your holiday shopping list, but it could wind up being a gift that keeps on …

As 2015 nears its end, take a moment to reflect upon the year. If a drop in income put you in a lower tax bracket this year, perhaps because of a job loss or just a temporary gap in employment, you may want to consider converting money from a traditional individual retirement account to a …

Many couples fight about money — and those disagreements may increase and intensify as you get older, particularly when it comes to saving and planning for retirement. “There may be differences in where they want to spend their money in retirement in terms of entertainment or travel, how much they can afford to spend and …

You may think you are financially prepared for retirement, but have you considered your health-care costs? Fidelity estimates a couple, both age 65 and retiring this year, can expect to spend an estimated $245,000 on health-care throughout retirement. That’s an 11 percent increase from last year’s estimate of $220,000. Factors boosting this year’s projection include …

In 2016, there will be no cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security retirement benefits. As a result, millions of new Medicare enrollees, those collecting Social Security for the first time and higher-income retirees could see a large increase in out-of-pocket health-care costs.

After the stock market’s recent volatility, many investors may be worried that a 10 percent “correction” or decline in their retirement portfolio will make it difficult — or impossible — for them to retire when they’d planned. But how many pre-retirees have considered the impact of having their guaranteed income stream in retirement potentially cut …

Most people know they should save more for retirement, but many can’t — or won’t — because they say it’s hard, confusing, or it is simply not their only priority. A recent survey by Charles Schwab found 35 percent of 401(k) participants say they aren’t willing to sacrifice dinner out, vacations and other “quality of …

Considering the stock market’s wild swings over the last two weeks, some investors may be a bit queasy. Those who are newly retired or near retirement may be tempted to cash out of stocks or adjust their portfolio so that it is mostly invested in bonds. That could be a big mistake. That’s one of …

Despite Wednesday’s recovery from steep losses earlier in the week, the major U.S. stock averages are on track for their biggest monthly percentage losses in five years or more. That means your retirement portfolio, your 401(k)s and IRAs, may have lost value as well. But there may be a silver lining to this market slide. …