Tag: Retirement Planning

orchid or dandelion

When It Comes to Retirement, Are You an Orchid or a Dandelion?

Dr. Thomas Boyce is a pediatrician and Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. His best-selling book The Orchid and the Dandelion summarizes two types of individuals: dandelions (hardy and propagating) and orchids (requires extraordinary care, but are intricately beautiful). What type you are may…

wealth inequality

Wealth Inequality: We Are All Affected, But Black Households in Particular

Wealth inequality is real. The disparity effects most of us. However, the black-white wealth gap is staggering. What is Wealth Inequality? Wealth inequality is the gap in net worth — your assets minus liabilities — between the wealthy and the poor. The differences in wealth between the rich and poor in the United States are…

long term care

Planning for Long Term Care: An Important Part of Being Prepared for Retirement

Dementia. Stroke. Alzheimer’s disease. The prevalence of these health events is a big reason why you need to make planning for long term care an important part of your retirement planning. Will you need to give care? Will you need care? What is Long Term Care? Older Americans continue to be in the dark when…

retirement spending

How to Create a Reliable Retirement Budget: Plan for Evolving Spending

Your retirement budget determines how much you will really need to have saved for a secure retirement. It is very important to get this right. While accurately estimating your expenses for the rest of your life is a daunting prospect, the right tools and advice can make it easy. Your retirement budget will evolve… Detailed…

Taking a sabbatical leave

Taking a Sabbatical Leave: A Sneaky Way to Get an Early (Temporary) Retirement!

Early retirement is something most of us dream about.  But it is usually just that — a dream.  However, have you considered a sabbatical?  A sabbatical can be a meaningful and highly satisfying way to to get an early, albeit temporary, retirement. Sabbatical or Burnout? Sabbatical Meaning What Exactly? Sabbaticals, mini retirements and gap years…

retirement destination

Three Ways to Afford the Fastest Growing Retirement Destinations

If you’re one of the thousands of Americans approaching retirement, one of your top concerns is probably when to retire. But an accompanying question is where to retire. Realtor.com crunched the numbers and identified the fastest growing retirement destinations. The fastest growing retirement destinations might not be the best place to retire or the best…

Two Reasons to Get a Reverse Mortgage Now Instead of Later

Used wisely, getting a reverse mortgage early in retirement can result in getting more out of both the reverse mortgage and your investments at the same time. If used strategically, reverse mortgages can be valuable financial planning tools to help retirees cover a variety of lifestyle expenses and can also strengthen the spending power of…

grateful retirement

Be Thankful As You Near Retirement — It Improves Health and Happiness

Whether you have saved enough money to feel secure about retirement or not… There is still plenty to be thankful for. Feel grateful. It gets easier as you age and it improves your health. In fact, as you get older, your ability to feel grateful also increases. Research indicates that as you get older, gratitude…

Retirement planning

Retirement Experts: Lorena Brockman’s 6 Tips to Jump-Start Savings

Lorena Brockman is a blogger for JennsBlahBlahBlog.com and has notable know-how in blogging, finances, retirement, and has been deemed “Greatest Auntie Ever” by many. To learn more about Lorena, visit her company’s blog at JennsBlahBlahBlog.com. Planning for retirement isn’t something people in their 20s, or even their 30s, usually consider. Retirement can often creep up…

how much to save

Expert Interview Series: CFP Kimberly Howard on How to Save for Retirement

Certified Financial Planner Kimberly J. Howard is well-known blogger who has written on subjects ranging from 401k’s and mutual funds to debt management and saving for college. She’s also the founder KJH Financial Services in Newton, Mass. and Denver, Col. and enjoys helping clients explore and achieve their life goals through effective comprehensive financial planning.…

Financial Guru Jane Bryant Quinn Recommends a Fresh Look at Reverse Mortgages

Reverse mortgages aren’t what they used to be. Recent program changes have not only made these loans safer for borrowers, but they’ve also made them better financial planning tools. And this has convinced many financial experts to change the way they look at reverse mortgages. One of those experts is Jane Bryant Quinn, one of…

happy retirement

Simple Living in Retirement: A Happy Retirement is the Ultimate Luxury

There’s a trend in retirement, and it’s not the luxurious life dripping with luxury vehicles and champagne breakfasts. A simpler and more modest approach has started to gain on the desire for more and bigger things. It’s a scaled down lifestyle where fewer possessions and worries mean more life satisfaction, and it’s attainable on a…