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Your Guide to Developing a Retirement Withdrawals Strategy

  You’ve spent your entire working career saving and investing for retirement. Now it’s time to develop a retirement withdrawals strategy. When you are thinking about withdrawing money from your retirement accounts, it’s important to come up with a strategy that ensures that your savings are going to last for a lifetime, are used efficiently,…

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Behavioral Finance: 16 Ways to Outsmart Your Brain for More Wealth and a Better Retirement

Your brain is not necessarily set up in a way that makes it easy to plan a secure retirement. You have cognitive biases — faulty ways of thinking that are unfortunately hardwired into your brain — that work against you.  Behavioral finance and behavioral economics are the study of these phenomena. Understanding behavioral finance and…

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Life Expectancy by County: WHERE You Live May Suggest HOW LONG You Live

Life expectancy has mostly been rising in the United States — overall. However, recent research has found that there are significant differences in life expectancy by county. In fact, in many counties, the average life expectancy is 20 years — TWENTY years — shorter than in other areas.The good news is that some areas of…

6 Meaningful Ways to Leave a Financial Legacy to Your Heirs

When approaching retirement, it’s common for people to start thinking about legacy planning: how they’ll be remembered and what they’ll leave behind. In most cases, leaving a legacy for children, grandchildren, or charities – and other causes people are passionate about –  takes careful planning and the advice of a financial planner. Read on for…

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Should You Use a Financial Advisor Affiliated With Your Bank?

Pensions have pretty much gone away.  We spend 20 to 30 years in retirement.  And Social Security covers only a fraction of our retirement expenses. This means we are pretty much responsible for saving everything we need for retirement on our own. This may seem like a daunting challenge; some people might consider the help…

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Financial Advisor Fees: What Will You Pay to Use a Financial Advisor

Financial advisor fees can be confusing because different kinds of financial advisors have various ways of charging for their services. These are the most common types of fee structures: commissions; flat or hourly fees; assets under management (AUM); and fee-based (a combination of fees and commissions). All of these payment methods are used by legitimate…

Should You Meet With a Financial Planner and What Should You Discuss?

How often have you met with your financial planner? Never? Many people are afraid of contacting a financial planning professional sometimes because they don’t think they have enough to invest or because they are afraid they will be sold products they don’t need. On the other hand, there are so many considerations when planning for…

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10 Retirement Investments That Don’t Involve Stocks, Bonds, or Other Financial Products

Investing in ourselves doesn’t need to involve money. In fact, many of the best retirement investments do not involve greenbacks at all. Instead, they are investments that make the fullest use of our time, allow us to spend precious moments with the people we love, and enable us to focus on those things that make…

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How to Make Money in Retirement: 14 Real and Really Easy Ways to Boost Income

Regardless of where you are in life, it’s always nice to make some extra money.  And that is especially true in retirement. But, how to make money in retirement when you’re supposed to be simply enjoying the easy life?  The retirement gigs listed below won’t be quite enough to cover retirement expenses, but they won’t…

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Home-Sharing: The Golden Age of Golden Girl-Style Retirement Living for Baby Boomers

It has been nearly 30 years since the hit television sitcom starred in living rooms across the nation. However, we may be just reaching the golden age of the Golden Girls. While their arrangement may have seemed unusual at the time, four adult women sharing an apartment may not be that far-fetched. In fact, many…

Ask Yourself These 3 Questions to Find Out Your Retirement Readiness

While financial and health concerns are a major part of every person’s retirement decision, it’s important to ask yourself questions that go beyond financial preparedness to help determine at what age retirement is right for you. Americans are living longer than ever. This means that many individuals will actually spend more years in retirement than…

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

When you hear the phrase “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 seven…

Boomers Have a Retirement Problem: Boomerang Kids

Baby boomers who are still financially supporting their adult children (a group that is sometimes referred to as “boomerang kids”) are increasingly finding that doing so is keeping them from reaching retirement, a study shows. In fact, only 21% of baby boomers who support their adult children are retired–compared with 52% of baby boomer households…

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