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The Best Places to Retire: 24 Lists and Quizzes Plus Tips for Making the Best Relocation Decision for You

We all love reading lists of the best places to retire.  They interest us and they make us think about what is possible in retirement. However, deciding if one of the best places to retire is in your own home or somewhere far away is a really BIG decision. Why Relocate for Retirement? Days in…

Overcome These 12 Big Financial Planning Mistakes (You Have NOT Seen a List Like This)

Very few people are experts at managing their finances, planning retirement, building wealth, and ensuring a secure future. Effective money management is often perceived as being: 1) too hard, 2) not immediately important, 3) something you can tackle next year or 4) too expensive (if you think you need to hire an advisor).  In fact,…

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Social Security Announces 1.3% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2021

In October, the Social Security Administration announced a modest 1.3% Cost of Benefit Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2021.  How will this small increase affect retirees? The Social Security 2018 increase is big, but definitely NOT that big. The average Social Security recipients will receive a mere $20 monthly bump in 2021, which will buy you…

Podcast: JL Collins — The Simple Path to Wealth

Episode 48 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with JL Collins —a best-selling author and financial independence guru — and discusses the what, why, and how of Financial Independence as well as Collins’ book, “The Simple Path to Wealth”. Listen Now: Don’t miss out on future episodes: subscribe on iTunes subscribe on Stitcher And,…

Your Guide to Medicare Open Enrollment for 2021: 12 Tips for Getting Great Coverage

Tis the season… No, it is not quite time to decide whether you’ll say Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Bah Humbug or none of the above. It does, however, involve shopping! The 2020 Medicare Open Enrollment season is upon us and will last from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. Now is the time to assess your…

Didn’t Save Enough for Retirement? Don’t Worry: Here Are 10 Tips for Making it Work

If you think you haven’t saved enough for a truly secure retirement, think again.  The impossible could become possible with these 10 creative ways to retire. You see, saving diligently your entire life and then quitting work to play bridge is only one way to get to retirement. And, the odds are that it is…

Changes Coming to Social Security & Medicare: Small COLA and 6 Other New Developments for 2021

To say that Social Security and Medicare are important to the financial well being of seniors would be an understatement. Sixty-two percent of eligible beneficiaries rely on Social Security income for more than half of their income. And almost everyone who is eligible uses Medicare to help fund their healthcare after 65. Here are the…

How Do You Compare? Average Cash, Savings, Home Equity and Other Balances

According to reporting from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, retirees have a wide variety of savings and investments.  Here are the average cash, savings, and home equity balances in the U.S.  Keep reading to see how your accounts and investment types compares to that of most retirees.  Use the NewRetirement Planner to see your…

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11 Bold Fun Tips to Help You Plan and Enjoy Retirement: Make it Awesomely Satisfying!

An enjoyable retirement is the goal, right? You work your whole life and hopefully create and follow a plan so that you can kick back and do what you want to do when the time comes. Well, a recent survey from Nationwide suggests that all is not going according to plan for many retirees. The…

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How to Retire Abroad: 12 Tips for Retirement Overseas

Are you wondering how to to retire overseas? If so, you’re in good company! Retiring Overseas Has Almost Doubled in Popularity Retiring abroad has become increasingly popular.  According to the Social Security Administration, the number of retirees who draw Social Security outside the U.S. jumped 40%, to more than 413,000 between 2007 to 2017. And,…

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Growing Old is Optional! 14 Stories of Amazing Accomplishments by People Older than You

Age is just a number.  In fact, even the word “old” means less and less these days as many of us stay healthy and active well past the traditional retirement age of 65.  Is 80 the new 40?  Or, is 100 a better benchmark age for enjoying life and achieving interesting things? Preparing for retirement…

The Ulysses Strategy: 5 Tips for Taming Fear and Greed to Achieve Retirement Security

The Ulysses Strategy (Ulysses is the Latin name for Odysseus) is a method financial planners developed to keep savers and investors from listening to the sirens’ call that could wreck their financial ship. The Story of Ulysses and the Sirens In “The Odyssey,” the great adventurer Odysseus spends ten years trying to get home safely…

The Right Kind of Stress for a Secure, Happy and Relaxed Retirement

When most people think about financial and retirement planning, feelings of stress, worry, and anxiety rise in our throats. This stress — while unpleasant — exists for good reason. Stress serves a purpose. Less than 50% of people have a written retirement plan. The majority of people simply don’t have enough saved for this time…

Podcast: Jerry Patterson — Making the Most of Your 401(k)

Episode 46 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Jerry Patterson — Principal Financial’s senior vice president of workplace savings and retirement solutions — and discusses how to make the most of your 401(k), workforce savings trends, financial independence and retirement income. Listen Now: Don’t miss out on future episodes: subscribe on iTunes subscribe…

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6 Competing Retirement Investing Goals and How to Sort Them Out for Long Term Wealth

Saving for retirement is hard.  However, when you are still working, creating a retirement investment plan can be relatively straightforward.  The goal is to simply grow the money. But, when you retire, your investment goals become multi-faceted, layered, and downright complicated. You still want your money to grow, but you have a whole lot of…

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