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How much do you need to retire?

Why “How Much Do You Need to Retire” is the WRONG Question!

You might think that the most important retirement planning question is: How much do you need to retire.  While knowing the answer to this question IS critical, there is something else you need to figure out first. You need to know: What do I want to do in retirement? Here are 9 tips for figuring…

downsizing for retirement

Your Complete Guide to Downsizing for Retirement: 14 Tips for a Happily Ever After

The decision to relocate for retirement can be an emotional roller coaster, hugely exciting and a massive financial event.  While some people buy bigger, grander or more expensive retirement homes, downsizing for retirement is the savvy strategy — especially for those of us who have not quite saved enough for our golden years. Here are…

retirement club

Join the Club: How to Start a Retirement Planning Club and Have a Happier Wealthier Future

Feeling excited, overwhelmed or unsure about retirement?  Start a retirement club! We all need help with our retirement plans but very few of us turn to friends for that support.  A retirement club — kind of like a book club where you discuss retirement topics instead of novels — can provide an ideal and friendly…

transition to retirement

10 Exceptional Tips for the Average Joe or Jane as You Transition to Retirement

We boomers were never average.  As the “me” generation, our uniqueness is a badge of honor.  However, approximately 10,000 of us transition to retirement everyday.  And, while we each have specific goals, ideas and financial circumstances, there are some things that apply to us all. Here is some exceptional retirement advice advice for the average guy,…

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DOL Fiduciary Rule: Could Trump Ruin Your Retirement Finances?

Every financial publication has an article about how Trump might be ruining your retirement with his executive order to revise the Department of Labor’s DOL fiduciary rule for financial advisors. However, because you are reading this article, you are probably relatively engaged with your retirement accounts and may have less reason to worry. There are…

Disappointed by Your Reverse Mortgage Amount? Do This to Make the Most of this Loan!

A reverse mortgage is a loan that lets the borrower access their home equity.  However, many people are very disappointed by their potential reverse mortgage amount. How much money can you really get?  Is the amount you can access worth it? Potential Reverse Mortgage Borrowers Are Often Disappointed If you were disappointed by your reverse…

Paying Off Debt

Paying Off Debt? First Celebrate then Do THIS!

Whether it is a credit card, car loan or the holy grail of all debts — your mortgage, paying off debt and eliminating monthly payments is a really big deal.When you pay off a debt, it is a huge opportunity to rethink your financial situation.  Your cashflow will have suddenly improved.  What are you going…

The Biggest Retirement Planning Mistakes Boomers Made and How to Fix Them

Data from the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) suggests that Baby Boomers are completely busted and busted up about their retirement prospects.  Boomers have made some big retirement planning mistakes — even beyond giving away their record collections. The results of the IRI survey reveal that Boomers have an extremely dismal view of their future prospects. …

social security 2017

Social Security 2017: What to Watch

Social Security 2017: You might want to keep your eye on the money. While President Trump promised on the campaign trail that Social Security would not change if he achieved victory, many pundits are worried that this is one promise he will not be able to keep. Most experts have assumed that Social Security would…

retirement disadvantage

Are You Female or Married to One? The HUGE Retirement Disadvantage You Will Face

While there are lots of benefits to marriage, if you are a woman or you are married to one, you face a a huge retirement disadvantage — a significantly steeper climb toward having adequate retirement savings. A new study from TIAA estimates that in order for two recent college grads to have the same amount…