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Should I Pay Off My Mortgage or Invest for Retirement?

While some baby boomers believe paying off a home mortgage is a better financial decision than saving for retirement, industry experts say home ownership is often overrated, and soon-to-be retirees should consider more liquid investments. In part due to the recent housing bubble, Americans are now more likely than they used to be to have…

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Retirement Planning: It’s Never Too Late to Start

Retirement can sneak up faster than you think. It’s understandable: Life happens, years go by, and then suddenly you realize retirement is a lot closer than it seemed just a year or two ago. Although most financial advisers recommend at least starting a modest retirement plan as early as in your 20s, that doesn’t always happen….

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5 Tips for Finding Great Reverse Mortgage Companies

Thorough planning helps you make the right decisions about a reverse mortgage. A reverse mortgage is a long-term commitment, and one that shouldn’t be entered into lightly. It’s not actually a true mortgage at all, but a loan against the equity that you have in your home. That difference alone is enough to show just…

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Retirement Financial Planning: 5 Ways to Fix Your Retirement Financials

Three in four middle-class Americans will eventually run out of money during retirement, research shows. And when nursing home and home health care costs are factored into retirement spending, the number of people projected to run out of money is staggering. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s (EBRI) study on retirement shortfalls, by the…

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New Jumbo Reverse Mortgage; HomeSafe Reverse Mortgage Brings Additional Benefits

Homeowners looking to use a reverse mortgage to tap their home equity have a new option that could provide more in proceeds than the government insured HECM reverse mortgage product. Scheduled to roll out in September, the HomeSafe is a private reverse mortgage product — also known as a jumbo reverse mortgage — from Urban…

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Planning for Retirement: The Unique Challenges Facing Baby Boomers

Baby boomers are a a generation of firsts. You were the first to attend integrated schools, the first to take birth control pills and the first to bring feminism to the cultural forefront. You are also the first modern generation to largely manage your own retirement investments and the first generation without widespread access to pensions….

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Retirement Income: How Much Do I Need for Retirement?

Most retirement experts advise that retirees plan on securing 100 percent of their pre retirement income for retirement — though annual spending may decrease as retirees age. However, many pre-retirees are not nearly as prepared for retirement as they had hoped—and by no fault of their own. The economic crisis, housing crash and market downturn…

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3 Underreported Facts about Reverse Mortgages

A retirement financial planner can help you understand your options. Mapping your path to a comfortable retirement calls for personalization. At its best, financial planning for this life phase should resemble a shopping trip: you decide your priorities, set your budget, then make selections from an array of offerings based on your needs. As with…

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Retirement Financial Planning for Baby Boomers: The Top 4 Goals

The 2008 recession and financial crisis deteriorated American baby boomers’ confidence in retirement planning, spurring a shift in their financial goals related to their later years. And while the ability for baby boomers to reach their goals should improve with the recovering economy, not everyone is confident about realizing their priorities in retirement. Only one-third,…

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Why Waiting Until Your Social Security Full Retirement Age Makes Financial Sense

Social Security benefits can increase up to 32% if you wait until age 70 to start collecting them. This may translate to an additional $300,000 in benefits over the course of a couple’s lifetime or $100,000 during an individual’s lifetime, says Kevin McGarry, director of the Nationwide Financial Retirement Institute (NFRI). But the reality is…