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July 21, 2017

Here's some good news: Your company has probably increased how much it spends on your benefits. And some bad: Health care costs have consumed much of that increase, leaving little left over for retirement. Employers' health care spending more than doubled from 2001 to 2015, while 401(k) contributions ticked up only slightly during that time. Yet savvy savers can more than make up for any shortfalls in their employee match.

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THIS WEEK'S RETIREMENT NEWS, INSIGHTS AND ADVICE

You're More Likely to Retire Wealthy if You Do This One Thing

There's one group of retirement savers who are 60% more likely to increase their 401(k) contributions -- and twice as likely to stick to a monthly savings goal. See what their secret is. MONEY

This Chart Shows How Much Americans Pay in Taxes vs. the Rest of the World

Just how high is your tax burden? A new analysis compares U.S. tax burdens to that of other developed countries -- and finds some surprises. MONEY

The Best Retirement Plans if You’re Leaving a Company to Start Your Own

Leaving the corporate world to go into business for yourself? Don’t forget to set up your own retirement account. Here are your options. MONEY

The Sneaky Tricks Banks Play on Savers

Bank deposits rose 6.6% last year, according to the FDIC, and some banks and credit unions have finally boosted their interest rates. Yet chances are you won't be able to get your hands on these fatter yields. Here's why. NEXT AVENUE

Just How Secure Is Your Retirement?

While it can be nearly impossible to know if you've saved enough to “safely” retire, following these steps will get you close. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF INDIVIDUAL INVESTORS

Happy 100th Birthday! There Goes Your Life Insurance

Many older permanent life insurance policies expire when the policyholder reaches age 100. That used to seem like a safe bet, but not anymore. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

'What We Learned From Living in a Vacation Hot Spot'

We're often too rushed, even when we're on vacation. Instead, slow down and make like a local every time you travel. OUR NEXT LIFE

Not Ready to Retire? Take a Gap Year Instead

An apprenticeship with a master stonemason and a stint working at an elephant sanctuary are among the gap-year activities that pre-retirees have enjoyed. THE NEW YORK TIMES

ABOUT ELIZABETH

Elizabeth O'Brien is a senior writer at MONEY, covering retirement and health care. You can email her at elizabeth.o'brien@moneymail.com and follow her on Twitter at @elizobrien.

 
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