Catherine Siskos

Managing Editor, Kiplinger's Retirement Report

Siskos is an old hat with the Kiplinger brand. More than a decade ago, she spent eight years writing about personal finance for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, including a monthly column—Starting Out—that served young adults. That was in her salad days. Now she's turned her attention to an audience she hopes to join in a decade or so: retirees. Siskos is the managing editor for Kiplinger's Retirement Report. In between, she broadened her personal-finance repertoire with real estate and investing stories at Old-House Journal, Investing Daily and U.S. News. She comes to Kiplinger by way of the Newseum, where she worked as an exhibit editor.

Medicare Basics: 11 Things You Need to Know
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Medicare

Medicare Basics: 11 Things You Need to Know

There's Medicare Part A, Part B, Part D, medigap plans, Medicare Advantage plans and so on. We sort out the confusion about signing up for Medicare --…
November 16, 2021
The Forces Shaping Retirement in the 2020s
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Coronavirus and Your Money

The Forces Shaping Retirement in the 2020s

Gone are the days of retiring with a pension and gold watch. What retirement means has changed significantly and not always for the better.
September 28, 2021
2 Essential Strategies for Taking Your RMDs
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Financial Planning

2 Essential Strategies for Taking Your RMDs

Whether you need to take required minimum distributions to live or find them to be a nuisance, here are some tips to make the most of withdrawing thes…
June 10, 2021
Annuities: How They Could Work for You
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Financial Planning

Annuities: How They Could Work for You

No doubt, investing in annuities can be a tough call for the active investor. But there comes a time when relinquishing some control in exchange for r…
May 6, 2021
What's Your Strategy for Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits?
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What's Your Strategy for Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits?

Deciding when to start taking your Social Security benefits can have significant financial consequences. Here are some of the factors you should think…
May 6, 2021
A Retiree’s Guide to Key Dates in 2021
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Basics

A Retiree’s Guide to Key Dates in 2021

It's critical -- and financially sound -- to hit these important financial deadlines spaced throughout the year.
January 8, 2021
What You'll Pay for Medicare in 2021
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Healthy Living on a Budget

What You'll Pay for Medicare in 2021

For Medicare premiums 2021, look for modest increases in premiums and out-of-pocket costs.
December 16, 2020
Big Changes Likely for Social Security, Medicare Under a Biden Presidency
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Making Your Money Last

Big Changes Likely for Social Security, Medicare Under a Biden Presidency

The new president and a fresh Congress will sooner or later have to face the twin safety net programs, both sorely in need of help.
November 10, 2020
What Happens to Medicare If the Affordable Care Act Is Overturned?
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Medicare

What Happens to Medicare If the Affordable Care Act Is Overturned?

Experts say if the ACA is repealed or rescinded "it would be devastating for Medicare." Here's what might happen -- and how it could be costly for you…
November 4, 2020
High-Tech Aids for Aging in Place
Caregiving

High-Tech Aids for Aging in Place

Apple Watch and other technology provides fast feedback, comfort for older users, and a powerful assist for caregivers.
October 1, 2020
Your Guide to Open Enrollment
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health insurance

Your Guide to Open Enrollment

Your options may look a little different this fall. Meanwhile, the cost of coverage continues to climb.
October 1, 2020
How to Pick the Right Medicare Plans for You
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Healthy Living on a Budget

How to Pick the Right Medicare Plans for You

As you're signing up for Medicare, you must learn the basics of Medicare Part A, Part B, Part D, medigap plans, Medicare Advantage plans and even doug…
September 30, 2020
Medicare Basics: 11 Things You Need to Know
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Medicare

Medicare Basics: 11 Things You Need to Know

There's Medicare Part A, Part B, Part D, medigap plans, Medicare Advantage plans and so on. We sort out the confusion about signing up for Medicare --…
September 16, 2020
Gifts for Grads to Build Good Money Habits
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Gifts for Grads to Build Good Money Habits

Today’s graduates aren’t destined to share the same fate as past generations, so it’s important for them to ramp up their money skills.
May 13, 2020
IRS Provides Additional RMD Relief for Retirees
required minimum distributions (RMDs)

IRS Provides Additional RMD Relief for Retirees

Some seniors who withdrew money from a retirement account in 2020 before RMDs were suspended for the year can still roll the money back into an IRA.
April 10, 2020
A Hidden Benefit of the Coronavirus Stimulus Bill: You Can Wait to Take Your RMD
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required minimum distributions (RMDs)

A Hidden Benefit of the Coronavirus Stimulus Bill: You Can Wait to Take Your RMD

Legislation is expected to waive required minimum distributions from retirement savings accounts for 2020.
March 30, 2020