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    Average Retirement Income 2016: How Does it Compare to Your Plans?

    Average Retirement Income 2016: How Does it Compare to Your Plans?

    The average retirement income is probably a lot less than you think. As surprising as it might sound, the average American's retirement income is barely over $1,500 per month or about $18,000 annually, according to the Pension Rights Center. Retirement Income Does Not Grow on Trees... Depending on where you live, that might not even pay ...

    Average Retirement Income 2017: How Do You Compare?

    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 are ...

    How Much Money Do I Need to Retire?  What’s My Magic Number?

    How Much Money Do I Need to Retire? What’s My Magic Number?

    When you ask yourself, "How much money do I need to retire," wouldn’t it be great to know exactly how much money you need to  be comfortable for the rest of your days? Is it possible to calculate that “magic number?" Does it even exist? Figuring out your magic number for retirement might not actually require ...

    The Best Retirement Plans: 41 Tips for a Healthy, Wealthy and Happy Retirement

    The Best Retirement Plans: 41 Tips for a Healthy, Wealthy and Happy Retirement

    Think retirement is about sitting with your feet up and watching the rest of the world whiz by? Possibly, but many people think retirement and plan for embarking on one of life's greatest adventures. This is the time to do what you want with the experience-laden good sense to appreciate it. Having the best retirement plan ...

    The 5 Best Retirement Calculators

    The 5 Best Retirement Calculators

    Retirement planning has never been more complicated. But then again, it's never been so simple. With so many changes in the economy and uncertain times ahead, you might think you need a degree in finance to get it right. But fortunately, there's a tool called the retirement calculator that helps clear the murky water.A quick ...

    Average Retirement Age: Is Early Retirement Even a Thing Anymore?

    Average Retirement Age: Is Early Retirement Even a Thing Anymore?

    Up until a few years ago, early retirement was the goal of many older Americans. However, this trend seems to have peaked. What is an Early Retirement? There is no official measure of "early retirement."  Retirement is a word that has come to mean many different things to many different people. However, when we talk about an “early ...

    How Much Do I Need to Retire? Avoid These Common Planning Mistakes

    How Much Do I Need to Retire? Avoid These Common Planning Mistakes

    There is no shortage of retirement income advice.  And, anyone can make a prediction about  how much you will need for a secure retirement. Much of this guidance is based on sentiments that have more or less stayed the same for at least a few generations. But what if that advice is wrong?  It might have ...

    What Happens if I Really Do Run Out of Money in Retirement?

    What Happens if I Really Do Run Out of Money in Retirement?

    If you are worried about running out of money in retirement, you are not alone.  Running out of money is the main concern of most people in or approaching retirement.And, there is VERY good reason to be concerned -- VERY concerned. Most of us do not have enough money for retirement. According to a detailed report by ...

    Making Sense of Retirement — 48 Great Movies About Retirement and Aging — Updated List!

    Making Sense of Retirement — 48 Great Movies About Retirement and Aging — Updated List!

    Movies – like all art forms – can be a great way to explore important themes in your life.  Here is our list of movies related to retirement and aging.  While you should probably do more to prepare for retirement than watching movies -- use a retirement calculator or consult a financial advisor for example ...

    7 Reasons Why You Should Actually Retire at 62 (If You Can)

    7 Reasons Why You Should Actually Retire at 62 (If You Can)

    Early retirement seems like a wonderful dream to a lot of people. You've been in the workforce for decades, all focused on the goal of enjoying the rest of your life on your own terms. But just wanting to get out of the rat race isn't quite enough of a reason, if you're not ready. Retiring ...

    10 Exceptional Tips for the Average Joe or Jane as You Transition to Retirement

    10 Exceptional Tips for the Average Joe or Jane as You Transition to Retirement

    We boomers were never average.  As the "me" generation, our uniqueness is a badge of honor.  However, approximately 10,000 of us transition to retirement everyday.  And, while we each have specific goals, ideas and financial circumstances, there are some things that apply to us all. Here is some exceptional retirement advice advice for the average guy, gal ...

    The Top 5 Overlooked Retirement Costs; Do Not Be Taken by Surprise

    The Top 5 Overlooked Retirement Costs; Do Not Be Taken by Surprise

    Research indicates that retirees are not confident that they are well enough prepared for retirement. A recent Lincoln Financial Group study reports that 53% of retirement age respondents are worried about not having enough money. So, how can you put your worries to rest? For many retirees, it may be too late to save a lot ...

    The Biggest Retirement Planning Mistakes Boomers Made and How to Fix Them

    The Biggest Retirement Planning Mistakes Boomers Made and How to Fix Them

    Data from the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) suggests that Baby Boomers are completely busted and busted up about their retirement prospects.  Boomers have made some big retirement planning mistakes -- even beyond giving away their record collections. The results of the IRI survey reveal that Boomers have an extremely dismal view of their future prospects.  ...

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

    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 for how to ...

    Feelin’ Groovy? Slow Down. Don’t Move Too Fast Preparing for Retirement

    Feelin’ Groovy? Slow Down. Don’t Move Too Fast Preparing for Retirement

    New data shows that we are feeling better about our retirement prospects these days.  However, there is reason to be cautious about our groovy outlook.  We are still not really preparing for retirement enough.Perhaps the Simon and Garfunkel "Feelin' Groovy" song lyrics might be a good anthem for retirement... and preparing for retirement: Slow down, you ...

    How to Retire: 5 Steps to a Secure Future — Jump In!

    How to Retire: 5 Steps to a Secure Future — Jump In!

    You want to know how to retire. Figuring out the answer to this question can feel overwhelming and sometimes impossible -- especially if you are already in your 50s or 60s. It has been hard just making ends meet month after month and now you are faced with creating a plan for the next 20 or ...

    The Best Retirement Calculator Is Now More Powerful: Better Modeling of Retirement Savings

    The Best Retirement Calculator Is Now More Powerful: Better Modeling of Retirement Savings

    Considered one of the best retirement calculators, the NewRetirement planning system has been praised by magazines and investing groups. The tool just keeps getting better. Check out the new features designed to help you plan and have a more secure future. 1. Powerful Savings & Assets Modeling One of the enhancements that you have asked about the most ...

    Early Retirement Forum: Resources, Discussion, and Tools for Those Interested in an Early Retirement

    Early Retirement Forum: Resources, Discussion, and Tools for Those Interested in an Early Retirement

    There is a lot of interest in early retirement.  In the right circumstances it can offer amazing quality of life.  Here we have amassed a series of articles on early retirement, some tools that could be useful to you and -- at the bottom -- is a commenting section to be used as an early ...

    Your End of Year Retirement Checklist

    Your End of Year Retirement Checklist

    Feeling frazzled by holiday fanfare?  Do you also have nagging worries about your retirement plans? One of the best ways to control stress of any kind is to make a list and check it twice.  And we have done that for you. Here is a handy end of year retirement checklist -- 9 things you ...

    You Will NEVER Retire!  (And Other Big Retirement Myths)

    You Will NEVER Retire! (And Other Big Retirement Myths)

    “You will never retire.” Those are four dreaded words no person wants to hear, especially those nearing retirement -- even those who have not saved for retirement have hopes of retiring. One in five people who are near retirement age have no money saved, according to a survey last year from the Federal Reserve. The survey ...