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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…

Early Retirement

Early Retirement: 37 Tips, Tricks & Hacks for Reaching your Goal

Are You Ready to Catch the Early Retirement Wave? The Big Takeaways… About half of Americans retire early, between the ages of 61 and 65.   For younger people, FIRE (Financial Independence, Early Retirement) is a movement gaining significant traction for its ability to let people live the lives they want from a young age….

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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…