Jackie Stewart

Senior Retirement Editor, Kiplinger.com

Jackie Stewart is the senior retirement editor for Kiplinger.com and the senior editor for Kiplinger's Retirement Report. She was previously the managing editor of the Credit Union Journal and a contributing editor to American Banker for two years. Before that, she covered breaking news, community banks and mergers and acquisitions for American Banker for seven years. Jackie is a 2006 graduate of Northwestern University.

How Congress Could Expand Medicare Benefits to Cover Dental, Hearing and Vision
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Medicare

How Congress Could Expand Medicare Benefits to Cover Dental, Hearing and Vision

Democrats have included the proposal for the new benefits in their budget reconciliation bill. They also want to allow Medicare to negotiate lower dru…
October 21, 2021
Social Security Earnings Tests: 5 Things You Must Know
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Social Security Earnings Tests: 5 Things You Must Know

If you’re still working and claim Social Security early, your benefits could be reduced, at least temporarily.
October 13, 2021
Retirees to Get Big Social Security COLA Boost for 2022
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social security

Retirees to Get Big Social Security COLA Boost for 2022

The increase in the Social Security cost-of-living adjustment for 2022 was driven by higher prices for fuel, appliances and cars.
October 13, 2021
When is Medicare Open Enrollment?
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Medicare

When is Medicare Open Enrollment?

During this period each fall, you can select a new Medicare Advantage or Part D plan or switch back to original Medicare.
October 5, 2021
What’s the Best Medigap Plan?
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Medicare

What’s the Best Medigap Plan?

The 10 medigap plans offer different levels of benefits that pay for expenses not covered by original Medicare.
October 1, 2021
What You Must Know About the Different Parts of Medicare
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Medicare

What You Must Know About the Different Parts of Medicare

Medicare can be complicated but we've got you covered. Here is a quick guide to the different benefits provided through each part.
September 30, 2021
Is a Medicare Advantage Plan Right for You?
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Medicare

Is a Medicare Advantage Plan Right for You?

Advantage plans can provide additional benefits beneficiaries can't get through original Medicare for no or a low monthly premium. But there are also …
September 30, 2021
Retirees, Transform Your House Using Smart Home Technology
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home

Retirees, Transform Your House Using Smart Home Technology

Going high-tech allows you to control your lights, locks and many appliances with voice activation and can help you age in place. Here's what to consi…
September 22, 2021
The Downside of Delaying RMDs
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required minimum distributions (RMDs)

The Downside of Delaying RMDs

With the SECURE Act 2.0, Congress is contemplating raising the age for required minimum distributions. However, don't assume you would benefit from th…
September 16, 2021
What's My Social Security Full Retirement Age?
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What's My Social Security Full Retirement Age?

The year you were born determines when you become eligible for your full Social Security retirement benefit. Use our calculator to determine your full…
September 14, 2021
Medicare Part A Funds to Run Out in 2026
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Medicare

Medicare Part A Funds to Run Out in 2026

The trust fund for Medicare Part A did not significantly change from last year, though its financial position still remains precarious.
August 31, 2021
Social Security Reserves to Be Depleted Earlier than Previously Expected
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social security

Social Security Reserves to Be Depleted Earlier than Previously Expected

The annual trustees report, which was released on Tuesday, found that Social Security benefits could be paid in full until 2034.
August 31, 2021
Consider These Programs to Help You Repay Your Student Loans
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student loans

Consider These Programs to Help You Repay Your Student Loans

Check to see if you qualify for one of the income-driven repayment plans or a loan forgiveness program.
August 11, 2021
Tackle Your Debt Before Retirement
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debt management

Tackle Your Debt Before Retirement

You should aim to leave the workforce with as little debt as possible. Otherwise, money that could be spent enjoying your golden years could end up go…
August 11, 2021
7 Essential Steps to Getting Your House Ready to Sell
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7 Essential Steps to Getting Your House Ready to Sell

Here's how to boost your home’s sale price and attract buyers in the digital age.
August 5, 2021
How Patients with Lasting Symptoms of COVID Can Apply for Disability
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Financial Planning

How Patients with Lasting Symptoms of COVID Can Apply for Disability

Those who can no longer work because of COVID-19 may qualify for these benefits but the approval process can be a difficult road.
July 30, 2021
Older Adults Battle Long-Term Effects of COVID-19
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Financial Planning

Older Adults Battle Long-Term Effects of COVID-19

Seniors are more likely to suffer from long COVID, and it's unclear when, or even if, they will fully recover.
July 29, 2021
Calculate Your Required Minimum Distribution From IRAs
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required minimum distributions (RMDs)

Calculate Your Required Minimum Distribution From IRAs

Determine your mandatory RMDs from a traditional IRA.
July 27, 2021
What You Must Know About Tipping While Traveling
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Travel

What You Must Know About Tipping While Traveling

Relax, you're on vacation. Use these six tips to establish a tipping plan that eliminates stress.
July 14, 2021
Business Owners Need an Exit Strategy When They Are Ready to Retire
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small business

Business Owners Need an Exit Strategy When They Are Ready to Retire

If you are looking to sell your business and retire, you need to understand what your company is worth, what documents you must have ready and who the…
June 23, 2021
You Can Appeal a Medicare Premium Surcharge
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Medicare

You Can Appeal a Medicare Premium Surcharge

If you meet one of the seven qualifying life events, you have a good chance of getting a higher premium for Medicare Part B and Part D reduced.
June 16, 2021
Everything You Must Know About "Backdoor" Roth IRAs
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Roth IRAs

Everything You Must Know About "Backdoor" Roth IRAs

If you earn too much to contribute directly to a Roth IRA, there are still ways to move funds to this type of an account.
June 14, 2021
Can't Sleep at Night? Consider Getting Checked Out By a Doctor
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Can't Sleep at Night? Consider Getting Checked Out By a Doctor

Older adults are more likely to suffer from sleep disorders, such as insomnia and sleep apnea. Left untreated these conditions can have dire consequen…
May 26, 2021
How the Senior Safe Act Protects Your Finances
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Scams

How the Senior Safe Act Protects Your Finances

The law encourages employees of financial services firms to report cases of suspected elder financial abuse, hopefully leading to more prosecutions of…
May 21, 2021
SECURE Act 2.0: 10 Ways the Proposed Law Could Change Retirement Savings
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retirement plans

SECURE Act 2.0: 10 Ways the Proposed Law Could Change Retirement Savings

If passed, the Securing a Strong Retirement Act would automatically enroll some workers in retirement plans and raise the mandatory age for RMDs.
May 19, 2021
5 Signs You Should Fire Your Financial Adviser
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retirement planning

5 Signs You Should Fire Your Financial Adviser

A strong relationship with a financial adviser you trust matters more the closer you get to retirement. Here are some of the reasons it may be time fo…
May 19, 2021
The Challenges and Joys for Grandparents Raising Grandkids
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retirement

The Challenges and Joys for Grandparents Raising Grandkids

Grandparents, who are unexpectedly caring for grandchildren, face a number of legal and financial obstacles. It's essential they seek out support.
April 30, 2021