Retirement Planning News, Information and Guidance

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Tips for an Empty Nest — The Last Big Life Transition Before Retirement

The emptying of the nest is a life transition that is not often talked about — at least not to the extent that we analyze the impact of getting married, having children and retiring.  However, the act of children leaving home has emotional and financial reverberations that rival all of the other big events in…

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You Will Have a Happy Retirement and 9 Other Fun Facts About Your Future

A new study from Merrill Lynch, “Leisure in Retirement, Beyond the Bucket List,” finds that you are very likely to have a happy retirement. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that it is probably going to be the best time of your life! Here are 9 facts about your probable happy retirement future:…

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong? 12 Retirement Disasters that Are Easy to Avoid

Be sure to plan for everything that could possibly go wrong in retirement…What could possibly go wrong?  You’re nearing retirement, you’ve got money set aside and you’re ready to travel, spend more time with the grandkids or in the garden, and perfect your golf swing. Unfortunately, plenty could still go wrong. You probably know to…

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Good News / Bad News About Your Retirement

If you are retired or almost retired and are feeling good about your retirement, you are not alone. American retirees are feeling positive about their finances post-recession, but many are still not nearly as prepared as they should be, according to a recent survey from Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies. “Many American retirees are still…

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Expert Interview Series: Jonathan Chevreau on Financial Independence / Findependence

Jonathan Chevreau is a long-time financial columnist, blogger, author and speaker as well as CFO for the Financial Independence Hub, which is North America’s portal to Financial Independence. This summer he will be publishing his 10th book, Victory Lap Retirement (co-authored with Mike Drak). We recently asked him a few questions about the perks of…

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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,…

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How to Retire When it Feels Out of Reach

Retirement sounds great, but is it really in the cards for most Americans? Today, more than in recent years, many people are finding that while they’d like to retire, they’re not able to. Many of us want to know how to retire when we have not saved enough money.  We feel that retirement is simply…

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Avoid These Jobs if You Want to Be Working After Retirement

You have heard it before: “Work in Retirement!” If you want to be financially secure, working after retirement age or working as long as possible before retirement is a good idea. Think about it, if you retire at age 65 (or before), you might be spending 30 years not working.  Thirty years is a long…

Retirement Checklist

Approaching Retirement? Here is a Countdown to Retirement Checklist

10, 9, 8, 7 ,6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.. Blast Off for Retirement! The Merriam Webster dictionary defines retiring as “quiet and shy.”  And, once upon a time retirement was indeed a time of life when things slowed down.  Now retirement is more of a blast off into new stages of life with new…

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6 Reasons to Beware the Simple Retirement Calculator

In this day in age, it seems just about anything can easily be done online. You can file your taxes, compare rates for a new auto loan—you can even order groceries to be hand picked and delivered to your door. You can also do some of your retirement planning online. There are many new and…