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Margaritaville and Other Best Places to Retire…

There is no shortage of lists and articles about the best places to retire.  These lists are fun.  However, they sometimes feel random and not all that practical or useful for figuring out where to spend this phase of your life. For example, did you know that Jimmy Buffett is opening “Margaritaville” — a real…

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Tips to Help You Delay Retirement for a Happier and Wealthier Future

Reaching age 65 once meant collecting a final paycheck. But today, more Americans are trying to delay retirement — working well into the traditional retirement years, not because they have to, but because they want to. According to the Pew Research Center, in 2016, 18.8% of Americans age 65 and older reported being employed part-…

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By the Numbers: 11 Figures You Need to Know for a Secure Retirement

Figuring out if you can retire securely can sometimes feel like the most complicated word problem ever.  Just figuring out which retirement number to worry about can be perplexing.  And then there is the further complication of knowing how they all fit together. Here is your guide to the 11 retirement numbers that are most…

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Growing Old is Optional! More 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…

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The Unlucky 13: Bad Investments for Your Retirement

We have A LOT of choices for where to invest our money — both before and after retirement.  Some options are clearly bad investments. Others seem like a good bet, but probably aren’t. While we would all like to find a shortcut to massive wealth, the steady approach is probably the best route to a…

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Are These Good Reasons to Avoid a Reverse Mortgage?

Most of us are concerned about our retirement financial security.  We have not saved enough.  Healthcare is expensive.  Social Security doesn’t nearly cover our costs.  We are living long lives. However, many of us do have one very big source of wealth.  According to the US Census Bureau, 79% of older Americans own their homes. …

7 Hot Button Political Topics that Could Impact Your Retirement Well Being

“All politics is personal,” so the saying goes.  And, this year that phrase is especially true for people nearing retirement. There are a lot of hot button topics on the table that have the potential to impact your retirement well being — no matter where you stand on the political spectrum. Here we discuss 7…

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When to Retire: How to Make the Right Choice with Advice from Decision Making Expert

When to retire.  Getting the answer to this question is — by far — one of the biggest decisions of your life and a choice that can cause a lot of stress.

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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…

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Preparing for Retirement: 7 Secret Training Tips for a Successful Future

When you hear “preparing for retirement,” you probably think about savings and budgeting.  However, your finances are just one aspect that you need to consider. Sure, you need to have your financial situation in check when you retire, but other aspects of your life could use some prepping as well. Here are 7 important retirement…