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Focus on How Much Will You Spend in Retirement; Don’t Worry About How Much You Need

You are probably worried that you have not saved enough for retirement and the the #1 piece of advice from most financial experts is to tell you to Save More! What if I tell you that this focus on savings has it all wrong? There is something MUCH more effective you can do to to…

7 Tips to Help People Who Are Retired Stay in Their Homes Longer

Nine in 10 older Americans want to remain in their own homes as they get older. But most people aren’t planning ahead when it comes to making sure their houses are equipped to provide their desired lifestyle in retirement, research shows. In fact, while 96% of Americans age 50 to 80 say it’s important to…

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Forget the 401k: This Is the Real Secret of a Secure Retirement

You probably intended to save more for retirement than you actually did.  Maybe you  have a 401k or an IRA.  Maybe you don’t.  The reality is that whatever savings you have scrimped together, it is probably not enough to pay for your golden years. Feeling the pinch?  You are not alone.  According to IRI data,…

Are You Making the Right Retirement Decisions? Find Out Now

We have a lot of choices to make as we approach, enter and live in retirement.  Making the right retirement decisions will impact our emotional and financial health.The major financial levers you have for retirement security include: how long you work, when you start Social Security, your health and healthcare spending, housing and mortgages, and…

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Changes for Medicare in 2017? Some Already Done and Others in the Pipeline

Medicare is the de facto healthcare for most retirees.  You are eligible when you turn 65.  While most people like the program, it is quite complex and everything from baseline premiums to supplemental coverage and other details can change from year to year. The changes made thus far offer somewhat good news to retirees.  However,…

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More than 8 Esteemed Experts Offer Smart Strategies for the Transition to Retirement

The transition to retirement is exciting and scary.  Like all big events — graduations, relocations, marriage, childbirth and more — life will never be the same again. To make your planning for this transformation easier, here is advice from retirement and personal finance experts. Go for Risk and Reward You have a lot of choices…

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Are Reverse Mortgages a Colossal Mistake?

Reverse mortgages are loans — a type of home equity loan. You are borrowing your own home equity while retaining home ownership but unlike a traditional home equity loan, there are no monthly mortgage payments. The money you borrow and interest accumulated is repaid when you no longer reside in the home.

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Average Retirement Income 2017: How Do You Compare?

No matter what the average retirement income 2017 data shows, one thing is for sure: many retirees today are living on remarkably little and many are sacrificing essentials to make ends meet. Where will your retirement income 2017 come from? There is some good news though.  According to Fidelity’s most recent retirement readiness survey, “people…

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Jumbo Reverse Mortgage and Proprietary Reverse Mortgage Loans

Jumbo reverse mortgages – also known as proprietary reverse mortgages – are loans designed and offered by financial institutions that enable owners of high-value homes to access greater amounts of their home equity than is available from the government insured HECM reverse mortgages.  Unlike the standard HECM reverse mortgage, jumbo reverse mortgage products generally do…

The Best Annuities: What to Look For and Why Buy Them

With the Best Annuities Your Retirement Can Set Sail While investing a big portion of your retirement savings in the stock market can be a risky decision, putting some of that money into an annuity can help ensure you have a steady flow of income for life. There are downsides, but they can be a…