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17 Ways to Dig Yourself Out of a Financial Hole (and Build Toward Retirement)

 At age 47 I was jobless, emotionally broken after an abusive marriage, and running through savings to keep a divorce attorney in my corner. Grieving my mother’s death and terrified that my disabled adult daughter and I would end up homeless, I couldn’t see any kind of future for myself. Within five years I had…

Am I Ready to Retire? The 8 Unexpected Skills You Need for a Happy Secure Future

If you are asking, “Am I ready to retire?” Here is some good news: you don’t necessarily need $1 million dollars for a successful retirement. So, what you do need? We did a little digging and here are 8 important skills that will enable you to achieve financial security, health and the best most secure…

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Social Security Strategies: 15 Easy Tips for Making the Best Decisions

Signing up to start Social Security is simple. However, finding the right Social Security strategy for you can be complicated but VERY worthwhile. Here are 15 tips for making the best Social Security decision: Social Security Strategies For Almost Everyone 1. Delay the Start of Benefits for As Long As Possible This Social Security strategy…

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The 22 Most Foolish Financial Decisions Ever Made

Recently online, individual NewRetirement subscribers were discussing the most foolish financial decisions they had ever made. The conversations were interesting in that many highlighted a few bits of “wisdom” about being “foolish.” Foolishness Can Be a Great Learning Tool Making foolish decisions can be one of the greatest learning tools. “A wise man can learn…

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Impact Investing Returns: Do Well — Financially and Socially — by Doing Good

Impact investing! The name sounds exciting. Who wouldn’t want to make an impact with an investment? But, what is it exactly? Are impact investing returns on par with any other investment? And, is it right for you and your retirement? What is Impact Investing? Impact investing, related to socially responsible or ethical investing, conscious capitalism,…

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19 Powerful Insights Gained by Creating a Retirement Plan

Recently on the NewRetirement Facebook group, we asked, “What is one insight you gained by going through the process of creating a retirement plan?” It is clear from the responses that creating a plan can create wealth, security, fewer taxes, an earlier retirement, and much more. The insights are varied and reflect the fact that…

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Pros and Cons of ETFs: Are Exchange Traded Funds a Good Retirement Investment?

If you do not know about Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)… it may be well worth your while to learn about them. There are many compelling pros and cons of ETFs as a retirement investment. ETFs have become a very popular investment vehicle and they can be a good place for retirement savings. In a nutshell,…

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Medicare Surcharges (IRMAA): How the Wealthier Pay MORE for Coverage

If you have enough wealth, your Medicare costs — specifically your premiums — might be more than you had bargained for. Not everyone knows this, but there are Medicare surcharges (officially called Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount, or IRMAA) that correspond to income brackets. These additional costs can really add up. It is the highest-earning…

New Movie Highlights Scam: Explore 9 Tips to Protect Yourself from Predatory Guardianship

“I Care a Lot” is a new, well-rated movie on Netflix. It is creepy but entertaining, and it also highlights the need for seniors to be aware of potential financial scams — in this case, scams of abusive guardianship. The film, part comedy, part horrifying thriller, follows what happens when a long-term con artist targets…

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29 Early Retirement Tips, Strategies, Tricks, & Hacks

Early retirement is a dream for many Americans, but one that few are sure they’ll be able to reach. In fact, findings from the Boston College Center for Retirement Research have found that the average retirement age has actually risen to 65.7 for college-educated men and 62.8 for college-educated women (while remaining at around 62…

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14 Low-Risk, High-Return Investments: How to Make Money in a Low Interest Rate Environment

When you are retired, or near retirement, it is generally a good idea to have a percentage of your savings in investment vehicles that are lower in risk.  However, it can be difficult to find low-risk, high-return investments — especially now with Certificate of Deposit (CD) and savings account rates at less than one percent.…

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What is Your Money Personality Type? Will It Impact Your Retirement Security?

Whether you know if or not, you have a type — a money personality type. And, your attitudes about finances will likely impact your retirement.  Knowing and learning about your money personality type can help you avoid pitfalls and use your strengths to your advantage for a secure and happy future. What is a Money…

Podcast: Brooke Southall — The Past, Present & Future of Wealth Management

Episode 53 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Brooke Southall — Founder and Principal Reporter of RIABiz.com — and discusses the past, present and future of wealth management. Listen Now: Don’t miss out on future episodes: subscribe on iTunes subscribe on Stitcher And, join our private Facebook Group to discuss this podcast, suggest…

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Retiring at 62 or Before? 9 Ways to Cover Your Health Costs for an Early Retirement

There are a lot of hurdles to overcome when figuring out how to retire early — before 65. However, early retirement health care is one of the most fiscally challenging. Medical care is going to be expensive no matter when you retire, but the picture is more serious for those who retire early, by choice…

When to Retire: What Difference Does a Year Really Make? Should You Retire Soon or Delay?

In some cases a year can make a huge difference. Think back to 2019. It was certainly different than 2020 (to say the least). But sometimes years go by and not all that much has changed. Knowing when to retire is a huge decision. It can be easy to put it off a year and…

Early Retirement Income: 5 Ways to Make Penalty-Free Withdrawals from Your Retirement Accounts BEFORE You Turn 59.5

Early retirement is a dream for many. However, a really early retirement is fairly rare. According to research published on LIMRA, only about 20% of all Americans retire in their 50s or before — with most of those happening after age 55. For those that do retire early, figuring out how to fund expenses can…

Rethinking Where and What You Want to Call Home for Retirement

Authors Amanda Lambert, a geriatric care manager and consultant, and Leslie Eckford, a licensed clinical social worker and RN with a focus in mental and geriatric health, have published Choose Your Place, Rethinking Home as You Age. The book is great for anyone who is thinking about retirement and is willing to consider where they…

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