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Annuities are like a good defensive squad for your retirement plan.

What is an Annuity? It’s the Defensive Line for Your Retirement Plan

When it comes to preparing for retirement, most Americans are all about saving, saving, saving. But in financial planning — as in sports — playing defense is just as important as playing offense.  And annuities can provide a good defense. Still, more than half of Americans (55%) do not believe that protecting their assets…

The retirement crisis is real.

The Retirement Crisis is Real: More than 50% of Americans Do Not Have Enough for Retirement

The U.S. is in the midst of a growing retirement crisis, and it’s only getting worse as an increasing number of Americans are less prepared to live on their savings than ever. According to “The Reality of the Retirement Crisis,” a report released this year by the Center for American Progress (CAP), more than…

Retirement investing

Expert Interview with Joshua Rodriguez About Retirement Investing in Today’s Economy

Joshua Rodriguez, partner at CNA Finance, says the most common question he gets about retirement is, “When is the best time to start investing?” “The best answer I can give to that is the first day you get an allowance from your parents; so, if you haven’t started already…you’re a bit late!” he says….

Retirement planning

Expert Interview with Jacob About Starting Young With Your Retirement Planning

Jacob and Vanessa Lumby might be young, but they’ve already figured out some pretty wise methods for saving for retirement: Being frugal. Saving first and being a consumer second. Evaluating each purchase in light of financial freedom and other long-term goals. Two years ago, the pair started their blog, Cash Cow Couple, which focused…

reverse mortgages and home repairs

Reverse Mortgages and Repairs to Your Home — What You Need to Know

One of the biggest draws for reverse mortgages is their ability to help older adults remain in their homes, while also providing them with some additional cash flow via their home equity. But while not everyone’s home may be physically equipped to suit their aging needs, certain features of reverse mortgages can help cover…

Have no fear if a good retirement plan is near...

The Top 3 Real Retirement Money Worries and Common Fears that Should Not Concern You at All

If the thought of retirement has you furrowing your brows in anguish, you’re not alone. The possibilities of high medical bills, running out of savings and not being to afford daily expenses are Americans’ top three concerns around retirement, a recent Bankrate.com survey reveals. Other factors like the viability of Social Security weigh heavily…

reverse mortgage

Reverse Mortgage Information: What You Need to Know About New Product Coming in April

A new reverse mortgage is debuting in late April and, in some ways, how to qualify for a reverse mortgage will soon look a lot like that of getting a traditional “forward” mortgage. Historically, reverse mortgages have been known as loans that did not require credit or income requirements — but that’s changing. Come…

Estate tax

What is an Estate Tax?

They say there are only two things in life that you can’t avoid: Death and taxes. Estate taxes seem to capitalize on both of those certainties, but they might not have the effect that you fear. The only way to know for sure is by learning all that you can about the taxes due…

Retirement

Retirement 101: What are Bonds?

Bonds can be a valuable part of your retirement savings. Before investing in bonds, it is important to understand what they are and how they work so that you can make informed decisions while planning for retirement. Below, we discuss what bonds are and the advantages of adding them to your retirement portfolio.  …

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Retirement 101: What is Fixed Income?

The term “fixed income” can be confusing. Many adults of all ages have a reasonably steady income, whether from a salaried work position or dependable work at an hourly job. But a fixed income, at least as it applies to budgeting and investing for retirement, is something different. Another confusing thing is the idea…