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Why Wait? When It Comes to Social Security, Patience Can Pay

Why Wait? When It Comes to Social Security, Patience Can Pay

Some say 70 is the new 50. That’s up for debate, but as far as Social Security is concerned, perhaps it’s fair to say 70 is the new 66. Huh? Stay with us, because this actually might have some bearing on your retirement plans. If you were born between 1943 and 1954, the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) calls age 66 your “full retirement age,” meaning that’s ...

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Estate Planning: Build Up, Draw Down, Distribute Balance
July 19, 2017

Estate Planning: Build Up, Draw Down, Distribute Balance

You’ve worked hard to build your savings and want to protect them not only for yourself, but also for your heirs and community after you’re gone. Though you might ...

Income in Retirement? Consider an Annuity, but Understand the Risks
July 12, 2017

Income in Retirement? Consider an Annuity, but Understand the Risks

Are there two more precious words for retirees than “guaranteed income”? Annuities can offer that constant payment stream throughout your lifetime, but there are ...

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Parents Getting Older? Consider the Effect on Your Retirement
July 6, 2017

Parents Getting Older? Consider the Effect on Your Retirement

As you build your retirement savings, you may be forgetting an important and potentially prohibitive expense: Caring for your elderly parents. A lot of ...

Retiring Early? The Rule of 55 Might Let You Begin 401(k) Withdrawals
June 29, 2017

Retiring Early? The Rule of 55 Might Let You Begin 401(k) Withdrawals

There’s a little-known IRS rule that lets you sidestep the 10% early distribution penalty when you withdraw from a company retirement account, such as a 401(k) or ...

A Guide to Collecting Social Security on an Ex’s Record
June 28, 2017

A Guide to Collecting Social Security on an Ex’s Record

Considering that 40% of new marriages include at least one spouse who has previously said “I do,” according to the Pew Research Center, those thinking about ...

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Six Retirement Planning Tips to Turn Your Goals into Action
June 21, 2017

Six Retirement Planning Tips to Turn Your Goals into Action

When you’re thinking about retirement planning and what your goals are for life after work, it usually boils down to a few key questions ...

Passing Down Retirement Accounts? Name Beneficiaries
June 20, 2017

Passing Down Retirement Accounts? Name Beneficiaries

As you sit down to the sometimes-daunting task of designating the heirs and beneficiaries to your estate, keep this in mind: No named beneficiaries can break ...

Estate Planning for Special Needs Children: Trying to Be Even-Steven?
June 14, 2017

Estate Planning for Special Needs Children: Trying to Be Even-Steven?

In the parenting world, it’s an exacting task to treat all children fairly, despite their different personalities and capabilities. Certainly, most parents exert much time ...

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Still Love Shopping at Stores? So Do Plenty of Other Retail Consumers
June 13, 2017

Still Love Shopping at Stores? So Do Plenty of Other Retail Consumers

Let’s start with this: The retail industry is not dying and likely never will. Perhaps it’s got the sniffles right now, but it always seems to get back on its feet in due time. ...

Got an Extra Gig? Developing a Retirement Side Hustle
May 31, 2017

Got an Extra Gig? Developing a Retirement Side Hustle

In a fame-obsessed society where we too often look to celebrities for advice, it’s nice to know that at least one of them has set an example of a solid retirement plan ...

401(k) Held at a Former Employer? Know Your Alternatives
May 24, 2017

401(k) Held at a Former Employer? Know Your Alternatives

One of the things you have to consider when changing jobs or nearing retirement is what to do with your old workplace savings plan. If you’re well into ...

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Thinking about Cashing Out Your 401(k)? You Might Have Better Options
May 17, 2017

Thinking about Cashing Out Your 401(k)? You Might Have Better Options

Switching jobs can have its perks—new opportunities often mean new experiences, an expanding skill ...

Five Ingredients to the Secret Sauce of Happiness in Retirement
May 10, 2017

Five Ingredients to the Secret Sauce of Happiness in Retirement

What is happiness? How can you be sure you’re happy when you retire? Will your happiness be tied to money? Your health? Your friends and family? All of the above?

Beyond the Green: Happiness in Retirement Isn't Just About Money
May 4, 2017

Beyond the Green: Happiness in Retirement Isn't Just About Money

Many of us, perhaps inspired by the financial media, see successful retirement as a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Fill the pot to a certain level and happiness ...

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Simple Ways to Save: Take Baby Steps; Keep Cash Out of Reach
May 3, 2017

Simple Ways to Save: Take Baby Steps; Keep Cash Out of Reach

If you’re one of those people who wracks your brain trying to figure out the complexities of saving for the future, take a moment and listen to the wise words of ...

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