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Retirement Savings: Who Does a Better Job — Women or Men?

When it comes to retirement planning, men and women exhibit some stark differences. At most income levels, women are more likely to participate in their employer retirement plans, yet women’s account balances tend to be lower, according to recent research by The Vanguard Group, Inc. Women contribute more And not only do women participate more…

November 25, 2014
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Retirement Directions: What to Know About Social Security

Retirement is a tricky business. You can save and plan your whole life, but that doesn’t mean you’ll know how to best use your Social Security benefits. Counting on the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help you find your way doesn’t always work either. And then there’s the elephant in the room, which is the…

November 24, 2014
How much do you need to retire Retirement Planning

How Much Do You Need to Retire by 2020?

Lifestyles vary dramatically from one household to the next, and so do retirement needs. Someone who is accustomed to a 6-figure or higher income will have markedly different needs than someone who has a modest lifestyle. And the length of time spent in retirement can complicate matters even further. You could retire with $1 million…

November 21, 2014
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5 Concerns to Remember When Using a Retirement Calculator

A retirement calculator is a wonderful thing. It can help you forecast what you’ll need to live a comfortable life after your retire. And that allows you to make adjustments early to be sure all of your needs are met. One thing that a calculator can’t do is predict the future. And the future of…

November 19, 2014
Reverse Mortgages

There is a Housing Crisis for Retirees: How to Keep Yourself Safe

The aging population is facing a housing crisis in America, and it’s coming fast. Such are the findings of a landmark study and report released by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and AARP last month. The annual study showed that 1 in 3 people over age 50 in the U.S. were carrying a…

November 18, 2014
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How to Enroll in Medicare

Medicare can be confusing when you’re just learning about the system before receiving benefits. There’s Medicare Part A, Part B, and Part D, and they each have a different job to do. The federal government holds two trust accounts that fund each facet of Medicare, and many Americans get these benefits without having to sign…

November 17, 2014
Managing outcomes Budgeting & Spending

Expert Interview with Jim Koch on Managing Outcomes

Americans spend too much time focusing on investing, and not enough time understanding or planning for living expenses in retirement, says Jim Koch, principal and founder of Koch Capital Management LLC. “It’s actually quite sad to me that so much time and energy is spent on looking for that home-run stock versus determining all the…

November 14, 2014
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Expert Interview with Rick Pendykoski on Self Directed Retirement Plans

Rick Pendykoski, founder of Self Directed Retirement Plans LLC, doesn’t think retirement savings will look all that different in the future than it does now. But he hopes there’s a big difference in how children are educated about money management in the coming years. “If only high school students were taught how interest works, compound…

November 14, 2014
Aging Well

5 Health Tips for Your Happy Retirement

Almost all of today’s retirees — 81 percent — say that good health is the most important ingredient for a happy retirement.  This according to “Health and Retirement: Planning for the Great Unknown,” a study conducted by Merrill Lynch. Protecting your health in retirement means staying as active and stimulated as possible. Sitting still isn’t…

November 12, 2014

Annuity Pros and Cons: Should You Opt for a Deferred or Immediate Annuity for Longevity Protection

Americans fear outliving their money more than they fear death. A staggering 61% of survey respondents said they were more scared of outliving their assets than they were of dying, according to a 2010 study of baby boomers from Allianz. The research found that this percentage climbed to 77% for those age 44 to 49,…

November 11, 2014
Reverse Mortgages

Reverse Mortgage Scams: How to Spot and Avoid!

Like all financial products, reverse mortgages can be subject to scams. These loans, which are available only to people who are 62 or older, have been the target of scammers in the past who have conned people into using a reverse mortgage when it is not in their best interest. But used appropriately, a reverse…

November 10, 2014
Safeguarding your investments Retirement Savings and Investments

Expert Interview with Ellen Roseman on Safeguarding Your Investments and Being a Savvy Consumer

Toronto Star columnist Ellen Roseman has made it her job to understand the ins and outs of personal finance and consumer affairs. Which is why we checked in with her to ask about the most common consumer problems seniors and retirees are facing today. Her response? Fraud. Scam artists are savvy about finding new easy…

November 9, 2014
Evolution of retirement Retirement Savings and Investments

Expert Interview with Charles Sizemore on the Evolution of Retirement – Plus Some Investment Tips

Today, Americans look at retirement as an entitlement – a reward for a lifetime of hard work – but that wasn’t always the case, says CFA Charles Lewis Sizemore, principal of Sizemore Capital Management. “Workers started getting retired during the industrial age as a way of avoiding industrial accidents and to make way for younger workers…

November 6, 2014
Family and Relationships

Retirement Planning: How to Invest Money from an Inheritance

Over their lifetimes, baby boomers are estimated to receive inheritances totaling $8.4 trillion — undoubtedly leaving this generation with the question: What should I do with my inheritance money? The answer: Invest in your retirement. While $8.4 trillion might already be on the way, another $3.2 trillion is expected to add to that, when taking…

November 5, 2014
Retirement Savings and Investments

Best Retirement Plans: 7 End of the Year Tips for a Happy Retirement

 Reassess, review and reallocate for the best retirement plans. The fourth quarter is upon us, which marks the ideal time to start coming up with year-end retirement saving and planning strategies to help beef up your accounts. The best retirement plans are made with the benefit of time and careful consideration. While there are plenty…

November 4, 2014
Retirement Savings and Investments

Retirement Planning Question: Are Your Savings Account Fees Higher than Your Returns?

It’s no secret how crucial investing in retirement savings is in order to live a comfortable life in your Golden Years. While such savings accounts are extremely helpful in building a financial cushion for later in life, an important retirement planning question you should be asking is, “How much is my retirement savings accounts costing…

November 4, 2014
Reverse Mortgages

You Can Afford the Best Places to Retire: 5 Important Facts About the Reverse Mortgage for Purchase

Hardly a day goes by without a new list of the best places to retire as well as a story about how making ends meet in retirement is increasingly difficult.  If both of these types of stories are of interest to you, you might want to know more about a reverse mortgage for purchase. Many…

November 3, 2014
Financial Freedom Budgeting & Spending

Expert Interview with Todd Tresidder About Financial Freedom and Focusing Your Finances on Values and Security

While he was an entrepreneur in the investment management industry, Todd Tresidder noticed a contradiction in what got him to his own financial independence and what was normally taught. From this contradiction, Todd found motivation to create Financial Mentor to teach financial freedom and wealth building. With his economics and investing background, Todd has a…

November 2, 2014
Pensions, Retirement and Savings Pensions

Expert Interview with Ros Altmann about Pensions, Retirement and Savings

Dr. Ros Altmann of PensionsAndSavings.com is known as a consumer champion and has spent a good part of her career “highlighting financial injustice, helping ordinary members of the public pro bono and explaining complex financial or economic issues for the layperson.” With her vast experience and strong knowledge base, her insight on retirement and investment-related…

November 2, 2014
Planning for retirement Retirement Planning

Expert Interview with Janet Stanzak, President of the Financial Planning Association

The Great Recession has definitely altered the way Americans spend and save money, says Janet Stanzak, president of the Financial Planning Association. More Americans are living within their means and have reduced debt to improve their balance sheets, and we’ve also increased savings to provide for job loss and emergencies. When it comes to investing,…

November 2, 2014
Money management strategies Retirement Savings and Investments

Expert Interview with Philip Taylor on Money Management Strategies for NewRetirement.com

A majority of Americans have changed how they manage their money as a result of the Great Recession, says Philip Taylor, founder of PTMoney.com. On the positive side, we’re saving more and have less interest in taking on a lot of debt. But on the other hand, we’re more reluctant to become home owners and…

November 2, 2014
Frugal living and planning for the future Budgeting & Spending

Expert Interview with Natalie McNeal on Frugal Living and Planning for Your Future Retirement

Natalie McNeal turned being smart with money into a career: She’s the editor of The Frugalista and is always looking for a smart way to save a dollar for the future. She spoke with us about how to change how we view money and better plan for the future. Do you think we spend too…

November 2, 2014
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Expert Interview with Catherine Alford on Retirement Planning for Younger Workers

As the Budget Blonde, Catherine Alford is all about saving and keeping your finances in good shape, and that includes retirement planning. She spoke to us about how younger workers should fit retirement into their sometimes tight budgets. What are some common misconceptions you’ve seen about saving for retirement? Many people believe that retirement is…

November 2, 2014
Reverse Mortgages

Video: How Does a Reverse Mortgage Work?

A common question from retirees is: “how does a reverse mortgage work?”  You can read articles about the topic, but we hope that this video will help you understand this complex product.  Watch below for a clear explanation of a reverse mortgage and find out how reverse mortgages compare to other home equity products. About…

October 30, 2014

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