Steve Chen

Steve founded NewRetirement after helping his mom plan her retirement and seeing the need for great free resources. He's worked at leading financial services firms like Charles Schwab and Wells Fargo, built financial services systems used by Fortune 100 companies and started another successful Internet company that focuses on life transitions.

Recent posts by Steve

Podcast: PhD on FIRE: Safe Draw Down Rates with Karsten Jeske aka BigERN

Episode 6 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Karsten Jeske (also known as Big ERN).  Steve and Karsten discuss Karsten’s mega financial background and his journey to financial independence. Listen Now:   Don’t miss out on future episodes: subscribe on iTunes subscribe on Stitcher And, join our private Facebook Group to discuss this…

NewRetirement Podcast: Investing Legend Bill Bernstein on the 5 Hurdles Between You and a Secure Retirement

Episode 5 is an interview with personal finance and investing legend Bill Bernstein. Steve and Bill discuss the hurdles between you and a secure retirement and how to overcome them. Hosted by Steve Chen, founder of NewRetirement, the NewRetirement Podcast offers interviews about the wise use of both money and time in retirement. We explore…

Note from the Founder: The Why Behind NewRetirement

Blue Bird Day at Squaw with Avalanchephoto credit: Steve Chen Over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to get to know several people who have achieved financial independence or are on the path to it. People like JD Roth, Darrow Kirkpatrick, Karsten Jaske (Big ERN), Fritz Gilbert, Dirk Cotton, Jillian Johnsrud, Jonathan Clements ,…

NewRetirement Podcast: Morgan Housel on How Millennials and a $30 Trillion Wealth Transfer May Change Our Future

Episode 4 is an interview with Morgan Housel, award winning writer and venture capitalist with the Collaborative Fund. Hosted by Steve Chen, founder of NewRetirement, the NewRetirement Podcast offers interviews about the wise use of both money and time in retirement. We explore ideas and insights so that you can achieve a secure and meaningful…

NewRetirement Podcast: Money, Behavior and Happiness — Steve Chen Interviews Jonathan Clements

Hosted by Steve Chen, founder of NewRetirement, the NewRetirement Podcast offers interviews about the wise use of both money and time in retirement.  Explore ideas and great insight so that you can achieve a secure and meaningful future. In Episode 3, Chen is joined by guest Jonathan Clements — 33-year personal finance journalist and writer…

NewRetirement Podcast: Work and Jobs Over 50 — Steve Chen Interviews Kerry Hannon & Philippe Violette

Hosted by Steve Chen, founder of NewRetirement, the NewRetirement Podcast offers interviews about the wise use of both money and time in retirement. Explore ideas and great insight so that you can achieve a secure and meaningful future.Episode 2 is an interview covering two perspectives about work, working less and jobs over 50: Kerry Hannon…

J.D. Roth

NewRetirement Podcast: Financial Independence, Purpose & Happiness — Steve Chen Interviews JD Roth

Hosted by Steve Chen, founder of NewRetirement, the NewRetirement Podcast offers interviews about the wise use of both money and time in retirement.  Explore ideas and great insight so that you can achieve a secure and meaningful future. Episode 1 is an interview with JD Roth, the man behind Get Rich Slowly — a hugely…

Note From the Founder: Unknown Unknowns

Photo Credit: Steve Chen It’s been a very eventful few months across the country; we’ve had hurricanes, flooding, mass shootings and wildfires – every time I think that the pace of major events can’t go faster it seems to pick up even more. The one bright spot is that the stock market seems to climb…

A Note from the NewRetirement Founder, Stephen Chen

Blurry photo credit: Me Hi! This is Steve Chen.  I’m the founder of NewRetirement and we’re reaching out to try to better engage with you so that we can learn from one another and use that knowledge to make NewRetirement better and build a community around our tools and content. Today we have about 300,000 people…

Henry “Bud” Hebeler in Memoriam: A Life and Retirement Well Lived

Henry “Bud” Hebeler died on August 21, 2017 in Bellevue, Washington at the age of 84. Bud was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating with three degrees, numerous awards and several fellowships.  After graduation he began his career as an engineer at Boeing Aerospace Company and worked his way to becoming president…

Early retirement

5 Steps for Defining Your Retirement Drawdown Strategy

If you’re reading this, you’re likely someone who: saves money, has built up some assets and is starting to think about how to create a retirement drawdown strategy — a plan for how to turn your assets into income that will last for life.  (Nice work!) Having a sound retirement drawdown strategy and keeping to…

Robyn Bri

Meet the 18 Year Old Who Has More Retirement Savings than the Average 50 Year Old

Robyn Bri is 18 years old and just graduated from high school in Marin, CA.  In some ways, she is an average high achieving kid.  In another way, she is very remarkable. Although retirement is a long ways off for Bri, she has already saved over $85,000 by working part time jobs and investing. Yes,…

retirement withdrawals

How to Manage Retirement Withdrawals to Pay Less in Taxes and Maximize Income

A lot has been written about saving and accumulating enough for retirement. But that’s only half the battle. Once you reach retirement it is important that you manage your retirement withdrawals from various accounts as tax-efficiently as possible. Taxes will likely be one of your biggest expenses in retirement. A tax-efficient withdrawal strategy can be…

retirement income

How to Build a Retirement Income Plan

“The most important thing you can do for your retirement is have a plan — specifically a retirement income plan. A plan covers far more than what investments to pick. Investments are the last part of the plan; the icing on the cake. They should come only after you have the main meal menu in…

FIRE -- Financial Independence Retire Early

Is Your Retirement on FIRE? Financial Independence Retirement Early

This article deals with what FIRE is, what devotees believe, who’s doing this and are there lessons for the more traditional retirement planners that NewRetirement is trying to help.   What is FIRE?  It stands for “Financial Independence / Retiring Early” – in a nutshell it’s about making some significant lifestyle choices immediately to try…

retirement income

10 Expert Retirement Income Strategies: Get Ready to Play a Whole New Ballgame

If finding retirement income strategies feels impossible, it might be because it’s a whole new ballgame for you. Learn the new rules and you can hit the retirement income home run! We’ve spent our whole lives working, spending the money we earn and hopefully saving a little too.  When we retire, everything we have ever…

medicare cost

6 Ways to Cover Your Medicare Cost in Retirement

During retirement, most expenses decrease on average. This includes housing, clothing and transportation. But there’s one expense that has been shown to increase and consume a large portion of older American’s incomes: health and Medicare cost. The share of the 75-plus population’s total spending that goes toward health care is 15.6 percent, which is nearly…

retirement security

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? 12 Retirement Disasters that Are Easy to Avoid

Be sure to plan for everything that could possibly go wrong in retirement…What could possibly go wrong?  You’re nearing retirement, you’ve got money set aside and you’re ready to travel, spend more time with the grandkids or in the garden, and perfect your golf swing. Unfortunately, plenty could still go wrong. You probably know to…

financial fraud

Senior Financial Fraud is Now a $3 Billion Dollar a Year Issue

Financial fraud against people 50 and older is a growing concern. Older Americans lose $3 billion each year due to financial fraud and the average victim loses $120,000, according to AARP’s recent BankSafe report. Protect your retirement savings from financial fraud… Financial manipulation is subtle and can take place over a number of years, explains…

How I Boosted My Social Security Benefit by $100,000

If you are like most people facing retirement, you are figuring out how to generate enough income in retirement and feel confident that it will last as long as you need it to.  This article will talk about two of the biggest levers you have – when/how to claim social security and using home equity…

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Shopping for Annuities

Annuities can be a great way to receive steady income in retirement, but because they are complex financial products, it’s best to do some research before purchasing one, financial planners advise. Estimate how much income your savings can generate using an Annuity Calculator. Here are five mistakes to avoid when shopping for annuities: 1. Investing…

There is a Retirement Healthcare Crisis: Be Prepared

Many people are all too familiar with the past few years’ economic crisis, but fewer realize that there’s another, potentially worse dilemma looming: the retirement healthcare crisis. As the nation’s 78 million Baby Boomers head toward retirement age, federal budgets for Medicare and Social Security are expected to be strained. At the same time, many…

Want to Pay for Your Grandchildren’s Education? Here’s How to Make it Happen

Nearly three-quarters of grandparents think it’s important to help their grandchildren pay for college, according to new research from Fidelity Investments, but the ability to financially contribute to college education requires planning ahead. Many grandparents value college education and believe it’s an important component for providing young people with the best opportunity to succeed, indicates…

Dying Penniless: American’s #1 Concern

What’s the number one financial concern Americans are worried about? For more than a decade, the answer has been the same: Not having enough money for retirement, according to Gallup’s annual Economy and Personal Finance poll. “Retirement may be a time that many working adults look forward to, but it is paradoxically a source of…

The 3 Reasons a Lifetime Annuity is the BEST Retirement Investment

When you’re planning for retirement, you’re often trying to determine the best mix of investments for your retirement portfolio. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution, and your planning process has to take into account your own particular situation and needs. One potential investment you may want to consider is a lifetime annuity, and there are a few…