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Are You Making the Right Retirement Decisions? Find Out Now

We have a lot of choices to make as we approach, enter and live in retirement.  Making the right retirement decisions will impact our emotional and financial health.The major financial levers you have for retirement security include: how long you work, when you start Social Security, your health and healthcare spending, housing and mortgages, and…

Medicare Changes

Changes for Medicare in 2017? Some Already Done and Others in the Pipeline

Medicare is the de facto healthcare for most retirees.  You are eligible when you turn 65.  While most people like the program, it is quite complex and everything from baseline premiums to supplemental coverage and other details can change from year to year. The changes made thus far offer somewhat good news to retirees.  However,…

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More than 8 Esteemed Experts Offer Smart Strategies for the Transition to Retirement

The transition to retirement is exciting and scary.  Like all big events — graduations, relocations, marriage, childbirth and more — life will never be the same again. To make your planning for this transformation easier, here is advice from retirement and personal finance experts. Go for Risk and Reward You have a lot of choices…

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Are Reverse Mortgages a Colossal Mistake?

Reverse mortgages are loans — a type of home equity loan. You are borrowing your own home equity while retaining home ownership but unlike a traditional home equity loan, there are no monthly mortgage payments. The money you borrow and interest accumulated is repaid when you no longer reside in the home.

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Average Retirement Income 2017: How Do You Compare?

No matter what the average retirement income 2017 data shows, one thing is for sure: many retirees today are living on remarkably little and many are sacrificing essentials to make ends meet. Where will your retirement income 2017 come from? There is some good news though.  According to Fidelity’s most recent retirement readiness survey, “people…

The Best Annuities: What to Look For and Why Buy Them

With the Best Annuities Your Retirement Can Set Sail While investing a big portion of your retirement savings in the stock market can be a risky decision, putting some of that money into an annuity can help ensure you have a steady flow of income for life. There are downsides, but they can be a…

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How to Prepare Your Retirement Plans for Rising Interest Rates in 2017

Most experts agree that we will see rising interest rates in 2017.  Interest rates impact our lives in a wide variety of ways — especially financial. Why Will Interest Rates Rise? Since 2008, interest rates have been at historic lows, below 1 percent. Traditionally, rates have been much much higher — ranging from 16.39 percent…

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What Happens if I Really Do Run Out of Money in Retirement?

If you are worried about running out of money in retirement, you are not alone.  Running out of money is the main concern of most people in or approaching retirement.And, there is VERY good reason to be concerned — VERY concerned. Most of us do not have enough money for retirement. According to a detailed…

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The Importance of a Quarterly Retirement Check In

Figuring out what you are going to do in retirement and how you are going to pay for it is not something you do once and just “forget about it.”  You should plan for a quarterly retirement check in. Retirement planning is kind of like owning a house — you put in an upfront investment,…

Social Security Tricks

Social Security Tricks: Ace the Ultimate Marshmallow Test

It is no secret that delaying the start of your Social Security benefits will probably pay off big in the long run.  However, most retirees eschew the advice and start getting Social Security paychecks almost as soon as they are eligible. According to a report by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, 90%…