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Taxes After Retirement: 17 Tips for Keeping More of Your Own Money

When it comes to your retirement planning, saving, investing and plotting how to spend your free time are at the top of the list. How much you will have to pay in taxes after retirement may be the last thing on your mind. But not taking the time to look at how retirement taxes will…

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Retirement Taxes: Which Are the Most Tax Friendly States for Retirees?

Looking for a great place to retire? Or, wondering if the state where you live is too expensive? Property values, cost of living and lifestyle issues are all important considerations when figuring out where to live.  However, don’t forget to think about state taxes. Some states are more tax friendly for retirement than others.  Explore…

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Economic Indicators: Be Aware, But Why You Don’t Necessarily Need to Care

An economic indicator is information that can suggest what is going on in the economy — is the economy healthy, growing or headed for trouble? Sounds useful, right? Well… maybe… Let’s explore the pros and cons of following economic indicators. Be Aware: The Upsides of Knowing About and Following Economic Indicators Being aware of what is happening…

Podcast: Jonathan Mendonsa — Past, Present, & Future of Financial Independence

Episode 24 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Jonathan Mendonsa where we cover the past, present, and future of the Financial Independence & FIRE movement. We discuss Jonathan’s personal journey to FIRE and some of the big lessons he has learned on his own and with the rapidly growing ChooseFI community. He joined…

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Retirement Crisis? Maybe it’s Time to Just Keep Calm and Retire On

Is the Queen right? Is it time to Keep Calm…. and Retire On? Well, considering that the Queen is 92 years old and still working, it is probably not her motto.  But, maybe it should be yours! Many of us are terrified of jumping into retirement. We read about the retirement crisis and worry about…

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Average Retirement Income 2019: How Do You Compare?

As more and more baby boomers head into retirement, there is a growing conversation about how to generate adequate retirement income from retirement assets. Even with some good economic news, many of us are going to come up short. Retirement income doesn’t grow on trees… But you can make it grow! According to the most…

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Making Sense of Retirement — 74 Great Movies About Retirement and Aging — Updated List 2019!

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…

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How to Retire: 19 Things You Need to Do Just Before and After You Retire

Retirement is one of the biggest things you will ever do. And, how to retire well is the big question. If you want to know how to retire, here are 19 important things you should do just before and after you retire for a happy and secure future: 1. Create, Maintain and Evolve Your Retirement…

Podcast: Michela Abrams — Planning for the Unexpected

Episode 23 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Michela Abrams, the former CEO of Dwell Magazine. They discuss dealing with sudden life changes, planning for the unexpected, design and re-invention. Michela lives here in Mill Valley California and joined us live in studio. We cover her evolution as a silicon valley executive to…

The Retirement Switcheroo: 6 Tips to Flip Your Mindset from Saving to Efficient Spending!

Retirement is a big deal and a huge life change. You have a whole new lifestyle and need a very different way of thinking about your money. In fact, your financial mindset needs to get flipped upside down. You need to go from a focus on accumulation (saving, saving, saving) to spending (efficient use and…

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

It seems that we are “feeling groovy” these days about our retirement prospects. Groovier and groovier over the past few years in fact. The Employee Benefit Research Institute’s (EBRI) retirement confidence survey reports that the percentage of workers who feel very or somewhat confident about having enough money to live comfortably in retirement has been…

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How to Become a Millionaire… AFTER Retirement…

How to become a millionaire? Increase your wealth? AFTER retirement? Um… No way you might say. So many retirement articles talk about how to make ends meet in retirement. And, most of us are indeed worried about running out of money and ask: “Will my savings really last as long as I do?” However, maybe…

Podcast: Annie Duke — Thinking in Bets — Poker, Decision Making and Behavioral Finance

Episode 18 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Annie Duke — a best selling author, public speaker and former world champion poker professional. We discuss her new book Thinking in Bets which focuses on decision making, beliefs and learning when you have imperfect information through the lens of what she has learned at…

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Retirement Surprises: What I Wish I Knew About Retirement BEFORE I Retired

Are you really ready for retirement? Will retirement be everything you expect it to be? What kind of retirement surprises are in store for you? Last year, the Society of Actuaries (SOA) updated their 2017 Risks and Process of Retirement Survey, providing insights on how Americans decide to retire and manage resources in retirement. The…

When Can I Retire? 14 Questions to Help Find Your Answer

It is a question we all ask – often: When can I retire? Maybe: The skies are blue outside your cubicle and you dream of everything else you could be doing besides work. Office politics are tough, you are just tired and you daydream of freedom. Your joints ache and you just can’t lift and…

Podcast: Nate Lawrie from Yale All American to NFL Grinder to Entrepreneur

Nate Lawrie was an All American at Yale and then played professional football for 8 years. After retirement from the NFL, he reinvented himself as an entrepreneur. Find out what Nate learned from football and how he applies those lessons to his transition from professional sports to his new business. Listen Now: Don’t miss out…

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Checklist For Retirement Planning: Create and Maintain a Plan You Can Feel Great About

Despite what many quick retirement calculators lead you to believe, retirement planning is an ongoing process and not something you can do in 5 minutes. Here we break down the steps for creating a plan. Use this checklist for retirement planning if you want to feel great about your financial future. Whether your are fabulously…

Say Hello to PlannerPlus Reporter: Look at Your Retirement Plan in a New Way!

We at NewRetirement are happy to announce delivery of some of the most requested retirement planning features: a printable report and downloadable data. PlannerPlus subscribers can now use PlannerPlus Reporter to: Download your retirement plan data into a spreadsheet for your own custom analysis Print a personalized report to peruse on your own or with…

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Financial Anxiety Skyrockets: Why You Are Worried Even if You Have Saved More than the $14,500 Median

Is the retirement crisis real?  Whether or not you yourself are suffering, financial anxiety is acutely felt by many Americans. Research from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (ERBI) finds that the median retirement account balance for households led by someone between the ages of 55 and 64 is a mere $14,500. If you have more…

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How to Protect Your Retirement from Inflation (It May Be Rearing Its Ugly Head)

Inflation is a dirty word when it comes to retirement finances. We have been lucky for a while. Over the last four decades the United States has enjoyed record low inflation rates.  That might be changing and you may want to consider ways to protect your retirement from inflation — rising inflation. Is Inflation Coming?…

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Are You Unhappy at Work? Is Retirement the Right Answer?

Job satisfaction in the United States has been falling since the late 1980s.  Across all economic and age levels, around 50 percent of all American workers are unhappy at work according to the Conference Board who has been doing job satisfaction surveys for almost 20 years. Is retirement the answer? Are you retiring to run…

How to Prepare for these 7 Terrible Things Will Likely Happen in Your Retirement

There are a lot of things that can potentially go wrong in retirement.  Stocks could fall, inflation could skyrocket, high tides might flood your beach side retirement haven or maybe you tear your shoulder and can no longer golf or garden. None of these retirement events are out of the question, but they are not…

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3 Easy Ways to Achieve Your 2018 Financial Resolutions: It’s Not Too Late!

According to a report by NerdWallet, in 2018 84% of people made financial resolutions.  If you are among these planners, but haven’t quite achieved your goals, it’s not too late.  And, it can even be relatively easy!  September, October, November, December… You still have four months to achieve your 2018 money related resolutions! Here are…

Podcast: Penny Hoarder Founder on Mission-Based Work, the Gig Economy and Entrepreneurial Success

Episode 15 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Kyle Taylor — founder of The Penny Hoarder — the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. for the second consecutive year. We discuss how mission-based work, the gig economy and millennial financial practices could be applied to entrepreneurs and achievers of all ages. Listen…

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The First Lifelong Victims of the Income Gap Are Retiring and Bankruptcy Rates Are Skyrocketing

If you made it into the ranks of high income earners, you are probably going to be okay in retirement.  If you are part of the working class, the news is not as great. The first victims of the income gap are beginning to retire and feeling financially secure in retirement will be difficult for…

The Mid Life Crisis and Planning for Your Retirement: 5 Ways to Boost Retirement Savings in Your 40s, 50s and 60s

It’s easy to assume that financial confidence increases over time.  You make more money as you get older after all. However, the opposite appears to be true.  Recent research suggests that financial stress — not confidence — increases as we age, peaks in mid life and then gets better through our 60s.  This financial stress…

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The Right Kind of Stress for a Secure and Super Retirement

When most people think about financial and retirement planning, feelings of stress, worry and anxiety rise in our throats. And, this stress exists for good reason. Less than 50% of people have a written retirement plan. The majority of people simply don’t have enough saved for this time of their lives. And, even if you…

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How to Outsmart Your Own Brain for a Better Retirement (Overcome Damaging Cognitive Biases)

Your brain is not necessarily set up in a way that makes it easy to plan a secure retirement. You have cognitive biases — faulty ways of thinking that are unfortunately hardwired into your brain — that work against you. Wikipedia lists 185 different kinds of cognitive biases. While they are all probably somewhat damaging…

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6 Types of Insurance for a Worry Free Retirement

Saving money is hard enough. No one wants more bills to pay, especially when you’re on a fixed or limited income.But insurance is something of a necessary evil. And certain insurance plans can help you live out your golden years as worry-free as possible — a worthy investment in your well-deserved break from workaday reality….

Podcast: Fritz Gilbert and His Fat FIRE Approach to Retirement

Episode 13 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Fritz Gilbert — founder of The Retirement Manifesto. Fritz discusses a “Fat FIRE” approach to retirement. Listen in for some great tips on using a bucket strategy, safe withdrawal rates, managing longevity risk, and more. Listen Now: Don’t miss out on future episodes: subscribe on…

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Financial Freedom: What It Really Is and 14 Tips for Achieving It

Financial freedom. It sounds good. But what is it really? Is it freedom to buy new shoes on a whim? Splurge on fresh strawberries? Buy tickets to the Superbowl? Freedom to never ever work again? Freedom to never worry about money again? True financial freedom is the feeling of being without financial stress.With financial freedom,…

Podcast: Early Retirement Insights from a Former DEA Agent, Bruce Goldberg

Episode 12 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Bruce Goldberg. Get the fascinating inside scoop on the real life of a former drug enforcement agent and hear his useful insights on how to retire early and what his life is like in retirement. Listen Now: Don’t miss out on future episodes: subscribe on…

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13 Key Tips for Retiring Alone (Or, If You Become a Solo Senior or Elder Orphan During Retirement)

Sometimes it feels like the world is designed for couples.  People throw dinner parties for couples.  Most forms ask about your spouse.  And, let’s face it, retirement and aging — an era when you’ll genuinely sometimes need a helping hand — can feel kind of scary on your own. Whether by circumstances or choice, the U.S.Census…

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The Importance of a Quarterly Retirement Check In

Figuring out what you are going to do in retirement and how you are going to pay for it is not something you do once and just “forget about it.”  You should plan for a quarterly retirement check in. Retirement planning is kind of like owning a house — you put in an upfront investment,…

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The 3 Greatest Retirement Fears and How to Feel More Confident About Them

Spiders. Snakes. The dark. Boogey men. Clowns. It’s likely that you have at least one of these fears. However, if you are around retirement age, then what scares you most is perhaps more menacing and real than any of those things. Transamerica recently published a new survey that lists the greatest retirement fears. Wouldn’t it…

Note from the Founder: Hacking Retirement

Achievement unlocked – learned to wake surfphoto credit: Sebastian Chen I read a great post by Morgan Housel on Useful Hacks — the gist of it is that anything meaningful requires hard work, sacrifice and common sense. (Also got to meet up with Morgan at the Evidence Based Investing conference last week!) Last month I…

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

Data from the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) suggests that Baby Boomers are pretty busted and busted up about their retirement prospects.  Boomers have made some big retirement planning mistakes — even beyond giving away their record collections.  (You didn’t really do that, did you?) The results of the IRI survey reveal that many Boomers have…

Now Available: 7 Big Powerful New Features in the NewRetirement Planner

We have announced this before, but it is true again: the NewRetirement Planner is now better than ever. We are VERY excited to announce the availability of 7 big powerful new features — some part of the PlannerPlus launch — a new premium subscription service. All of these new features are part of our continued…

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The 10 Best Retirement Calculators

Retirement planning has never been more complicated. With changes in the economy and uncertain times ahead, you might think you need a finance degree to get it right. But then again, it’s never been so simple. Fortunately, there are tools called retirement calculators that help clear the murky water. A quick Google search will show…

Podcast: Ben Carlson Shares the Wealth (of Common Sense)

  Episode 9 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Ben Carlson — the author of A Wealth of Common Sense (both the book and the blog). Ben discusses his perspective on investing, his work writing and managing money, and the present and future of wealth management.     Listen Now: Don’t miss out…

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Be Happy: 7 Ways to Worry Less About Your Retirement

Don’t Worry… Be Happy… About Your Retirement!!! You can be happy in retirement The Big Takeaways… There are several financial strategies you can use to manage stress, like increasing savings and being proactive about your debt. Reserving time to focus on your happiness can help relieve stress in other areas of your life. The NewRetirement…

Podcast: Chris Mamula on Retirement Early and the Pitfalls to Avoid

Episode 8 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Chris Mamula — a “Financial Independence Retirement Early” (FIRE) proponent and writer for both Can I Retire Yet? and Eat the Financial Elephant. Chris discusses his journey from a “normal” guy to becoming financially independent at 41 years old. In this interview he addresses potential…

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9 Powerful Insights from the Retirement Income Summit

Earlier this week I traveled to Chicago to attend the Retirement Income Summit — a financial advisor industry conference focused on the latest ideas about how to improve and secure retirement income. I saw presentations, met up with insiders in the financial services industry and found a few ideas to help you have a better…

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15 Important Lessons from Regular People Who Have Achieved Total Financial Independence

To gain financial independence for retirement, use the lessons of those who have retired early… like really early… The Big Takeaways… Financial independence can be achieved, but it’s about combining lifestyle ambitions with reasonable financial strategies. Financial independence comes with some sacrifice, so it’s important to consider the consequences before committing yourself to an early…

Podcast: PhD on FIRE: Safe Draw Down Rates with Karsten Jeske aka BigERN

Episode 6 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Karsten Jeske (also known as Big ERN).  Steve and Karsten discuss Karsten’s mega financial background and his journey to financial independence. Listen Now:   Don’t miss out on future episodes: subscribe on iTunes subscribe on Stitcher And, join our private Facebook Group to discuss this…

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Nudge Yourself into Retirement for the Best Years of Your Life!

Beeeep beeeep beeeep… Ugh. The alarm clock. It’s Monday morning and you don’t even want to move, let alone get up, get ready, and head off to work. But…you’re an adult. So, like the past 30, 40 or 50 years, you climb out of bed, put on your classy clothes that you hate, and head…

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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,…

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Scarcity: Don’t Let it Steal Your Retirement

Scarcity can be a big problem in all kinds of situations, including retirement. You’re busy – probably more so than you’ve ever been. There are meetings to attend, important emails unread, and looming deadlines that seem more and more impossible with each passing day. You have absolutely no time to yourself, and you do everything…

Note from the Founder: The Why Behind NewRetirement

Blue Bird Day at Squaw with Avalanchephoto credit: Steve Chen Over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to get to know several people who have achieved financial independence or are on the path to it. People like JD Roth, Darrow Kirkpatrick, Karsten Jaske (Big ERN), Fritz Gilbert, Dirk Cotton, Jillian Johnsrud, Jonathan Clements ,…

NewRetirement Podcast: Morgan Housel on How Millennials and a $30 Trillion Wealth Transfer May Change Our Future

Episode 4 is an interview with Morgan Housel, award winning writer and venture capitalist with the Collaborative Fund. Hosted by Steve Chen, founder of NewRetirement, the NewRetirement Podcast offers interviews about the wise use of both money and time in retirement. We explore ideas and insights so that you can achieve a secure and meaningful…