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Most people earn income from a job, but passive income, pensions, Social Security, investment returns, and more are all critical sources of income that you may want to mix and match throughout your lifetime.

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14 Low-Risk, High-Return Investments: How to Make Money in a Low Interest Rate Environment

When you are retired, or near retirement, it is generally a good idea to have a percentage of your savings in investment vehicles that are lower in risk.  However, it can be difficult to find low-risk, high-return investments — especially now with Certificate of Deposit (CD) and savings account rates at less than one percent.…

February 18, 2021
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Retirement Business Ideas: 12 Ideas for Getting Started After 50

Some individuals dream of the day when they can do absolutely nothing. To them, retirement is a euphoric future of sleeping in, lounging in the sun, and thinking as little as possible for the next 30 years of their lives. (Others dream  up retirement business ideas.) In fact, for most of us, a life of…

February 18, 2021
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Average Retirement Income 2021: How Do You Compare?

How are you going to pay for retirement? How is everyone else doing it? What is the average retirement income for 2021? Has it changed a lot from past years with the pandemic? Are you anywhere close to average? 2020 was a devastating year for the finances of many households. And surprisingly, it was also…

February 10, 2021

When to Retire: What Difference Does a Year Really Make? Should You Retire Soon or Delay?

In some cases a year can make a huge difference. Think back to 2019. It was certainly different than 2020 (to say the least). But sometimes years go by and not all that much has changed. Knowing when to retire is a huge decision. It can be easy to put it off a year and…

February 4, 2021

Early Retirement Income: 5 Ways to Make Penalty-Free Withdrawals from Your Retirement Accounts BEFORE You Turn 59.5

Early retirement is a dream for many. However, a really early retirement is fairly rare. According to research published on LIMRA, only about 20% of all Americans retire in their 50s or before — with most of those happening after age 55. For those that do retire early, figuring out how to fund expenses can…

February 4, 2021
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8 Ways to Invest in Real Estate for Retirement

Let’s get real about investing in real estate for retirement. Investing of any kind can be complicated at any point in your life. However, investing in or near retirement can be especially arduous. At retirement you need your assets to be relatively free of risk while keeping pace with inflation. In many cases, you need…

January 20, 2021

Podcast: Dana Anspach — Retirement Income Planning

The 50th NewRetirement podcast! This time, Steve Chen is joined by guest Dana Anspach — Certified Financial Planner™, author, and the founder of Sensible Money — and discusses her practice and approach to retirement income planning. Listen Now: Don’t miss out on future episodes: subscribe on iTunes subscribe on Stitcher And, join our private Facebook…

December 17, 2020
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What Are the Effects of Low Interest Rates on Your Retirement?

You may have seen the news: Interest rates in the United States are at historic lows. That sounds great. But is it really? What are the effects of low interest rates on your retirement? Read on to see the pros and cons of low interest rates on your retirement plan. And, how to make the…

October 29, 2020
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How Are Different Retirement Income Sources Taxed? And, How Does Tax Withholding Work in Retirement?

Retirement tax planning is a critical part of preparing for a secure future. The good news is that with so many possible retirement income sources, you have many different opportunities to potentially reduce your tax burden. And, you may even discover that reducing taxes can enable you to retire a little earlier than you might…

October 29, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Dividend Stocks for Retirement Savings

There are many guidelines around how to drawdown your savings in retirement (the 4% rule, the multiply by 25 rule), but what if you don’t have to spend your savings? You can generate retirement income with dividend stocks, and in a world where savings accounts produce less than a 1% return, dividends can provide a…

October 14, 2020

Changes Coming to Social Security & Medicare: Small COLA and 6 Other New Developments for 2021

To say that Social Security and Medicare are important to the financial well being of seniors would be an understatement. Sixty-two percent of eligible beneficiaries rely on Social Security income for more than half of their income. And almost everyone who is eligible uses Medicare to help fund their healthcare after 65. Here are the…

October 14, 2020
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7 Sources of Tax-Free Retirement Income

You’ve worked diligently and paid your taxes along the way. When retirement finally arrives, you deserve to collect at least some tax-free retirement income without Uncle Sam coming back for more. With a bit of strategic planning, it’s possible to enjoy much or even most of your retirement income tax-free. The following seven sources are…

September 18, 2020

Podcast: Alan Donegan — Journey to FI and Starting Companies

Episode 45 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Alan Donegan — founder of PopUp Business School and host of the Rebel Entrepreneur with ChooseFi — and discusses Donegan’s own journey to financial independence and the people that he’s met along the way. They also go in-depth on how to start a business. Spoiler:…

August 20, 2020
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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, and…

July 7, 2020
Social Security and Working

Social Security and Working: Everything You Need to Know

Social Security and working: believe it or not, the two are more or less completely compatible with each other. You can absolutely get Social Security retirement benefits and work at the same time. However, there are a few things that you do need to know. Social Security Work Penalties Determined by Your Age There are…

July 7, 2020
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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…

July 5, 2020
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Pros and Cons of a Target-Date Fund

A retirement target-date fund is a  professionally-managed mutual fund that is strategically reallocated over time to achieve both growth and security for your assets. The key goal for a target-date fund is that your money will be available for withdrawal on a  targeted retirement date in the future. When you invest in a target-date fund,…

July 3, 2020

Is Phased Retirement Right for You?

For retirees, leaving the workforce means leaving a steady paycheck and beginning to tap into retirement savings and benefits. For employers, the demographic shift means finding talented replacements for individuals who have clocked decades of experience on the job. But there’s a win-win solution for both groups: a “phased” retirement, which allows older workers to…

July 3, 2020
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7 Tips for Getting a Great Part-Time Job in Retirement

Many people are finding that they need to work at least part-time in retirement in order to support themselves. Some people also find that they want to continue working in order to stay active. Though retirees can offer an organization incredible experience and insight, not everyone who wants part-time work in retirement is able to…

July 3, 2020
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Do You Want a Retirement Job Caring for Your Grandkids?

You spend most of your adult life planning for retirement. You might also spend a lot of time thinking about having grandkids one day. But what you might not predict is a phone call asking whether you’d be interested in a new job: being a childcare provider for the newest family member. Men and women…

July 2, 2020

3 Big Mistakes to Avoid When Working Past Retirement Age

The meaning of retirement continues to evolve. What once signified the end of work now actually means continuing to work, but often in new and different ways. Longer lives, the elimination of the guarantee of pensions for most workers, economic uncertainty, and a re-envisioning of later life are four forces driving us to stay in…

July 2, 2020
Age Discrimination in the Workplace

How to Combat Age Discrimination in the Workplace

While your age should not matter when it comes to jobs, research indicates that age discrimination is a real and measurable thing. This is bad news to the masses of Americans in their 50s, 60s, and 70s who want to keep working.  A retirement job or a delayed retirement is a huge part of many…

July 2, 2020

Going Back to Work After Retirement: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

After a lifetime of working and saving, you’ve finally come to the point where you feel comfortable enough to retire. Though the long-winding path to reach this milestone was supposed to bring more peace of mind; instead, now that you’ve left the workforce, it has precipitated a fear of outliving your money. “The main financial…

July 2, 2020
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How (and Why) to Blog Your Retirement

Some of us retire with a clear purpose in mind. Others of us are anxious to escape the daily grind of work, but we are less sure about how exactly we want to spend our new-found leisure time. Either way, why not blog your retirement? More and more seniors are tech-savvy enough to start their…

July 1, 2020

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