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How to Take Control of Your Finances: 29 Pieces of Real Advice from Real People for Real Wealth and Security

Want to know how to take control of your finances? Ask some smart people who are managing their own finances and actively planning for a secure future. On the NewRetirement Facebook group (join now), we recently asked: “What is one action you have taken that has improved your financial life?” How to Take  Control of…

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How to Boost 4 Different Happiness Hormones through Financial Planning

Most people think of financial planning as a source of stress. If this is you, I have news for you: you have it ALL wrong. Creating and following a financial plan is a great way to REDUCE your stress.  In fact, financial planning activities are guaranteed to release the four key hormones –dopamine, seratonin, oxytocin…

How to Use the I.R.S. to Figure Out Safe Withdrawal Rates in Retirement

The Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.) is not usually thought of as an institution that adds a lot of value to our lives — to the contrary in fact. However, a few years ago, the researchers at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College came up with a simple and relatively safe retirement withdrawals strategy…

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What is a Self Directed IRA? Is it a Good Idea for Retirement Savings?

What Is a Self-Directed IRA? A Self Directed IRA is a type Individual Retirement Account (IRA)  that allows you to invest in a really wide variety of alternative investments.  Traditional IRAs require that  you invest in traditional asset classes — mainly stocks, bonds, funds, treasuries, annuities and certificates of deposit. Self Directed IRAs and Self…

Podcast: Dana Anspach — Retirement Income Planning

The 50th NewRetirement podcast! This time, Steve Chen is joined by guest Dana Anspach — Certified Financial Planner™, author, and the founder of Sensible Money —  and discusses her practice and approach to retirement income planning. Listen Now: Don’t miss out on future episodes: subscribe on iTunes subscribe on Stitcher And, join our private Facebook…

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How to Set Financial Goals for Short, Medium and Long Term Prosperity

Everyone knows that if you want to achieve something, you had better set a goal. However, very few Americans actually do or even know how to set financial goals. According to Schwab’s Modern Wealth Index, only 25% of people have some sort of written plan or goals. What’s worse? The Financial Health Network finds that…

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How to Get Out of Debt: 12 Ways to Reduce this Expense for a Better Future and More Secure Retirement

In 2020, Fidelity reported that the majority of people who were making financial resolutions for the new year wanted to achieve a debt free life. While fortunes have shifted after the pandemic, it is still a very worthy goal. Not sure how to get out of debt? You have options. Based on my experience, there…

Average Retirement Debt: Older Americans Have More Debt than Ever Before!

One of the greatest threats to retirement today may not be saving too little, but owing too much. According to the Federal Reserve Bank, Boomers (Americans born between 1946 and 1964), are carrying ballooning amounts of debt into retirement.Will your debt take a big bite our of your retirement? For many people, that debt is…

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Your Year End Retirement Checklist: Put 2020 Behind You and Prepare for a Great 2021 and Beyond

Feeling frazzled by holiday fanfare? Do you also have nagging worries about your retirement plans? One of the best ways to control stress of any kind is to make a list and check it twice. And we have done that for you. Here is a handy yearly retirement checklist — 24 things you should do…

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Holiday Gift Guide: Great Retirement and Investment Gifts for Everyone in the Family (Even the Kids)

Another gift guide?  Yep! But, this one is focused on long term financial success and retirement happiness — not cool gadgets and warm sweaters — for everyone on your list, young and old. Great Gifts for Kids of Any Age Shares of an Index Fund Let’s say that you have a child who is 10…

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Family and Money: Tips for Discussing Finances and Retirement with Your Loved Ones

This year family gatherings may be different (more Zoom, less slobbery kisses and heart felt hugs), but it will undoubtedly feel more important than ever to celebrate togetherness. While the focus of our gatherings will still be on love and celebration, the holidays are also an opportunity for discussions related to family and money. Like…

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Be Thankful and Practice Gratitude as You Near Retirement: It Improves Your Health, Happiness, and Finances Too

The holidays are the time we come together to give thanks and celebrate. It can also be a stressful time full of demands to cook, decorate and spend money. Sometimes the stresses crowd out the fun, so we have to remember to take time to be thankful and practice gratitude for our blessings. And, it…

How a Biden Presidency Might Affect Your Retirement

Joe Biden is now President elect. There are several ways a Biden presidency might affect your retirement, including lower tax benefits on 401(k) accounts and more generous Social Security benefits. Biden’s Plan for Older Americans gives specific details on what Biden would like to do as President to overhaul the nation’s retirement system, shore up…

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How Making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) Can Save You Tax Money

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) are not only a way to help great causes and those in need, but they are also a way to manage your tax exposure and avoid unpleasant surprises.  For people who are at least 70 ½, and who don’t need income (or who simply want to avoid the income tax) from…

Be Happy: 10 Ways to Worry Less About Your Retirement

Don’t worry, be happy… about your retirement. The last few months have been an emotional rollercoaster for many people, and you may be feeling constantly stressed about your finances. You’re probably asking yourself, do I have enough money to be happy in retirement? If you are worried, you’re not alone. According to a survey conducted…

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How Are Different Retirement Income Sources Taxed? And, How Does Tax Withholding Work in Retirement?

Retirement tax planning is a critical part of preparing for a secure future. The good news is that with so many possible retirement income sources, you have many different opportunities to potentially reduce your tax burden. And, you may even discover that reducing taxes can enable you to retire a little earlier than you might…

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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, peak wanderlust and they make us think about what is possible in retirement. Besides, deciding if one of the best places to retire is in your own home or somewhere far away is a really BIG and somewhat complicated decision.  Browsing…

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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