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Your retirement plan is a roadmap to your future, but like all plans, it is likely to evolve and change over time.
The economy will not behave exactly as you have anticipated and your own life and goals will also change over time.
And, the best retirement planning goes way beyond your savings and investments. Numerous other factors like Social Security, when you stop work, your longevity, home equity, debt, taxes, income sources, inflation, spending, healthcare costs, lifestyle choices, and more may actually represent greater value or be more important than your savings with regards to your overall financial wellness.
The 2008 recession and financial crisis deteriorated American baby boomers’ confidence in retirement planning, spurring a shift in their financial goals related to their later years. And while the ability for baby boomers to reach their goals should improve with the recovering economy, not everyone is confident about realizing their priorities in retirement. Only one-third,…
You want to plan your retirement, but you are probably having some trouble getting started. Here are 4 reasons why an online retirement calculator is a great way to get off the dime and make a better future for yourself: 1. No Judgements, No Negative Feedback When you use an online retirement calculator, no one…
It is not like you don’t WANT to plan for retirement, right? There are real reasons that make planning for retirement difficult. Taking the first step toward retirement planning might seem like pursuing a major lifestyle change — it sounds intimidating, and you may not know where to start. But there are easy first…
Veterans and service-members approaching retirement age may need to take a slightly different strategy to financial planning relative to their civilian counterparts, factoring in time spent in the service, pensions, and other available benefits. Career military servicemembers who serve 20 or more years are eligible for a pension that includes annual cost of living adjustments…
More than half of all Americans worry they won’t have enough money during retirement, but women are more at risk of this than men. More than half (52.6%) of women age 65 and older are considered “economically vulnerable” compared to 41.9% of men in the same age group, according to the Economic Policy Institute’s 2013…
Have you recently retired without a comprehensive financial plan to take you through the coming years? It’s not too late to make one. A December 2013 survey from Fidelity found that more than half of Americans are at risk of not covering their essential expenses in retirement. PwC reported similar findings on its 2013 survey…
Many people have a countdown to the official retirement age of 65 — or whatever age you might be targeting. However, many of us are looking for ways to retire even earlier. Here are a few good ways to reduce your spending in such a way that you can knock a few years off your…
If you’re approaching retirement age, you’re in good company—millions of boomers are right there with you. In the next few decades, one out of every five Americans will have reached or surpassed Social Security’s “full retirement age” of 65, according to the most recent U.S. Census data release. “Between 2012 and 2050, the United States…
Falling interest rates can often signal a negative impact on a long-term retirement portfolio, as a lower rate environment means less money saved for retirement. But low rates can also have a silver lining for retirees, especially when it comes to reverse mortgages. The Federal Reserve has been keeping downward pressure on interest rates post-recession in…
As the New Year begins, it is the traditional time to set goals for improving your life. Here are a few resolution recommendations for anyone at or around retirement age: • Create a Retirement Plan: Contrary to popular wisdom, most people enter retirement without much of a long term plan. However, it is critical that…
If you follow the news related to retirement for any length of time these days, you will encounter some article on the woes of Social Security, either presently or imminently. Recently, Gary King and Samir Soneji, professors at Harvard and Dartmouth respectively, wrote an article for the New York Times in which they claimed that…
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