Chris Kissell

I am the founder of Words At Work, LLC, a writing, editing and consulting company based in Colorado. In the past, I worked as senior editor at Bankrate and senior managing editor at I've also written for and worked closely with U.S. News & World Report, GOBankingRates,, QuinStreet and many other websites and publications.
I've lived in Minneapolis (too cold), South Florida (too hot) and Denver (just right).

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5 Things Americans Will Do If They Run Out of Money in Retirement

on October 8, 2021

Americans say this is where they would turn if they found themselves in a financial crisis during retirement.

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Retiring at This Age May Protect Brain Function

on October 8, 2021

Working a little longer could help you stave off cognitive decline.

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Here’s Where 82% of Seniors Want to Spend Their Golden Years

on October 8, 2021

Feelings of comfort and safety make this the place most seniors want to be.

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Fidelity Launches 4 New ETFs That Look to the Future

on October 7, 2021

These new investments focus on “themes” that are likely to take center stage as the world changes.

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Living in These Metro Areas Boosts Retiree Lifespans

on October 6, 2021

Where you decide to retire can impact how long you get to enjoy post-work life.

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Apps Offering Free Credit Scores Have Big Drawbacks

on October 6, 2021

A Consumer Reports investigation finds that apps offering free credit scores charge too much, offer too little and come with privacy risks.

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These 4 Prescriptions Cost Patients $1,000-Plus a Day

on October 6, 2021

The average annual cost of one specialty medication is nearly $85,000.

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These 5-Star Hotels Won’t Cost You a Fortune

on October 6, 2021

These 10 luxury hotels all charge less than $40 per night.

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This Is Easily the Biggest Robocall Scam in 2021

on October 5, 2021

If you are getting robocalls, chances are good you have received this one a time or two.

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Trouble With a Broker? Don’t Assume a Payout Is Coming

on October 5, 2021

Don’t automatically expect to be compensated — even if you are granted an arbitration award.

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Over 60? Doing This Might Make You Feel Lonely

on October 5, 2021

A common practice during the pandemic appears to backfire on some seniors.

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Amazon Innovation Now Makes Gift-Giving Easier

on October 4, 2021

The retailer also is offering extra-early Black Friday deals and a free $10 credit to some shoppers.

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70% of Americans Falsely Believe This About Their Credit Scores

on October 4, 2021

The realities of credit scores can be harsh. Millions of Americans apparently prefer a fantasy.

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Can COVID-19 Damage Your Hearing?

on October 4, 2021

Research indicates that three auditory issues might be associated with the disease.

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Do Doomsday Headlines Lead to Bad Social Security Choices?

on October 4, 2021

The bad news is exaggerated, and that might have some devastating retirement consequences, researchers say.

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The Best Time to Buy This Year’s Christmas Tree Is Now

on October 4, 2021

Supply chain disruptions mean you can expect to pay up. But if you want a tree at all, act fast.

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11 Ways Costco Is Changing This Year

on October 1, 2021

The Costco shopping experience is ever changing — especially as we emerge from the pandemic.

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The 11 Best Home Insurers for Customer Satisfaction

on October 1, 2021

These are the only homeowners insurance companies to earn above-average scores for customer satisfaction.

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Spam Texts and Robocalls on the Rise Again

on October 1, 2021

No, it’s not your imagination — you probably are getting more spam communications this month.

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5 Groups Who Can Get a COVID-19 Booster Now

on September 27, 2021

The federal government says these people are eligible for a booster six months after their original vaccination.

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