Investors near retirement are now being by Vanguard Group to an array of new online interactive planning tools.

"As Baby Boomers begin to approach retirement, issues such as withdrawal strategies, plan distribution options, Social Security, and health care take on greater significance," said Vanguard CIO Tim Buckley. "The new tools and content on our Web site address these key issues. They'll guide retirees and near-retirees with important financial decisions regarding their retirement years."

Among the new planning tools on Vanguard.com are sites that help with selecting a withdrawal method, how investment costs affect retirement spending and determining how much a person should plan on withdrawing in retirement.

In addition, Vanguard has published in-depth brochures explaining issues that retirees may face concerning Social Security, health care, retirement plan distribution and income annuities.

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