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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…

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The Pros and Cons of Annuities: How to Evaluate Annuities for Your Retirement

If you are worried about paying for retirement, it is worth evaluating the pros and cons of annuities. The Big Takeaways…   Annuities are a great way to provide guaranteed lifetime income in retirement while hedging against inflation and other financial woes. Though less risky, annuities generally yield lower returns than other investment products, and…

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…

Podcast: Alan Donegan — Journey to FI and Starting Companies

Episode 45 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Alan Donegan — founder of PopUp Business School and host of the Rebel Entrepreneur with ChooseFi — and discusses Donegan’s own journey to financial independence and the people that he’s met along the way. They also go in-depth on how to start a business. Spoiler:…

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What You Might Have in Common with Retiring Olympic Athletes

A new documentary, The Weight of Gold, explores the many mental health challenges that retired Olympic athletes face. You might be surprised to learn that those challenges are similar to what happens at retirement to many people in far more mundane jobs.  Retired Olympic athletes – and anyone who has retired from a job where…

An Expert Guide to Big Life Transitions (Retirement and Beyond)!

After a nearly devastating set of personal crises – cancer, near bankruptcy and a suicide attempt by his father – Bruce Feiler spent five years talking to people about their biggest life transitions.  He analyzed what patterns people experienced and what was the key to thriving after a big event.  The result is a method…

How Much Should I Save for Retirement? Average Retirement Savings Rates for Every Age

Keeping your retirement savings on track helps you meet your retirement goals. That seems like a very simple concept, and in a way it is. But living with that plan every day isn’t quite so simple. Why You Need to Save for Retirement More than 1/3 of Americans don’t have a retirement plan to speak…

Podcast: Christine Benz — Morningstar & 25 Years of Personal Finance

Episode 43 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Christine Benz — author and Morningstar’s director of personal finance — and discusses the big financial and life lessons Benz has picked up over her 25-year career at Morningstar. They also talk about Benz’s works, 30-Minute Money Solutions: A Step-by-Step Guide to Managing Your Finances…

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9 Ways to Overcome the Terror of Spending Your Retirement Savings

Terror about retirement spending is not uncommon. In fact, most people are worried about spending their nest egg and running out of money. After all, you have been conditioned for decades to earn, not spend. You were probably a teenager when you opened your first paycheck and officially started the cycle of earning and spending…

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