Retirement News, Information and Guidance

Bud Hebeler’s 2017 Economic Outlook: 6 Reasons to Plan Conservatively for Retirement

The following on 2017 economic outlook comes to us from Mr. Henry K. “Bud” Hebeler.  Bud has been working with retirees for many years, developed special material for their use, and given numerous seminars on retirement. His current focus is dissemination of sound financial planning information that applies to a wide range of personal investment,…

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Managing Your Retirement Investments: Is a Bucket Strategy Right for You?

Could a retirement bucket strategy make it easier to manage savings after you retire? If you think that managing retirement investments is difficult when you are working, we have some bad news: it gets much harder when you actually retire.  Once retired, your investments need to not only grow but also fund your lifestyle and…

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Average Inheritance: How Much Are Retirees Leaving to Heirs?

Many of us would like to leave behind something to our heirs.  But, first things first, we need to fund our own lives in retirement and that can sometimes seem nearly impossible.  This article explores average inheritance numbers.  Do you expect to be above or below average? Average Inheritance in the United States Different studies…

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Net Unrealized Appreciation (NUA): The Tax Smart Way to Handle Company Stock in a Rollover

If you  have company stock in a 401(k), you will want to learn about Net Unrealized Appreciation (NUA) and how to minimize taxes when you rollover these funds to an IRA. Should You Rollover? Once you leave a job, or reach age 59 ½ you have the option to move your 401(k) into an Individual…

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10 Best TED Talks to Help You Have a Better Retirement

You want to have a better retirement. But how do you get there? You could spend hours researching the latest science behind happiness, personal finance and investment theory, and health research. Or you can take a few minutes to watch the best TED Talks related to retirement. With their engaging speakers and easy-to-digest format, even…

The Psychology of Retirement

You’ve been working for over 40 years and now you’re approaching retirement. You have friends who have retired. Some seem happier than others, and you wonder what it will take for you to be happy in retirement. To help us understand the psychology of retirement, here is an interview between Gary Foreman of DollarStretcher and…

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WHERE You Live May Suggest HOW LONG You Will Live in Retirement (Average Life Expectancy 20 Years Shorter in Some U.S. Counties)

Life expectancy has mostly been rising in the United States — overall. However, new research has found that in some counties life expectancy is falling — people are not living as long in certain areas.  In fact, in many counties, the average life expectancy is 20 years — TWENTY years — shorter than in other…

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Real Life Reverse Mortgage Questions and Shockingly Surprising Answers

Reverse mortgage television commercials abound, but it is hard to get straightforward — easy to understand — answers in response to your reverse mortgage questions. Here are some of the most common reverse mortgage questions people have and some very surprising answers: Is it a Loan? This is one of the most common reverse mortgage…

Married? This is the Single Smartest Social Security Decision You Can Make

You have a lot of decisions to make about retirement.  And, if you are married, you have nearly twice the number of choices — plus the complications of competing priorities and sometimes differing goals and expectations. Your Social Security decisions can profoundly impact your spouse today, tomorrow and long after you are gone… The good…

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Are You Saving Too Much for Retirement? (It’s More Common than You Might Think)

We hear a lot of horror stories these days about people saving too little, but the fact is that some people are actually saving too much for retirement. It is possible to have too much of a good thing… It’s safe to say that my grandfather is one who saved too much because even though…