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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…

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. …

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Average Retirement Age: Is Early Retirement Even a Thing Anymore?

Up until a few years ago, early retirement was the goal of many older Americans. However, this trend seems to have peaked. What is an Early Retirement? There is no official measure of “early retirement.”  Retirement is a word that has come to mean many different things to many different people. However, when we talk…

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Forget the 401k: This Is the Real Secret of a Secure Retirement

You probably intended to save more for retirement than you actually did.  Maybe you  have a 401k or an IRA.  Maybe you don’t.  The reality is that whatever savings you have scrimped together, it is probably not enough to pay for your golden years. Feeling the pinch?  You are not alone.  According to IRI data,…

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…

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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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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…

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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%…