Should We Retire ‘Retirement’?

My Comments: Until recently, I always envisioned retirement as a date in time when I left the work force and became ‘retired’. That probably meant that I was no longer working for money and instead using whatever credits or savings I’d accumulated to pay my bills. Only for many of us, it hasn’t worked out …

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Beneficiary Designations: 5 Critical Mistakes to Avoid

My Comments: First, a disclaimer: I’m not an attorney. Second, in my 43 years as a financial planner and investment advisor, I’ve run across more than a few beneficiary mistakes that have been problematical. With all of us having a finite time on this earth, the issue of what happens to our stuff when we …

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Retirement living: 28% of seniors say it’s worse than expected

My Comments: Let me disclose upfront that some of my income today results from people signing up and taking courses from Successful Retirement Secrets, an online school I created to help people retire. The message from this post by Katie Brockman (some 18 months ago) is that most of those who say they are unhappy …

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The Most Important Social Security Chart* You’ll Ever See

My Comments: *Actually, it's not the most important, but... The message that accompanies this chart is very important. Read further before you start looking for the chart. No one has ever said this was going to be simple and it’s not. But it’s critical you make an effort to understand all this since Social Security …

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Should high schools be required to teach financial literacy?

My Comments: Those of us with years under our belt know how confusing issues about money become. Without a working knowledge of how it works, we become quick victims of those willing to reach into our pockets and help themselves to our money. But, you say, it’s the American way. Some argue vehemently to limit …

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A 20-step Guide to a Horrible Retirement

My Comments: Retirement is not all about money. Yes, having enough money helps a lot, but it’s only part of the puzzle. These 20 steps leaped out at me because so many of them are the default response for millions of people these days. For over 43 years, I’ve spent my life helping people grow …

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Is a Stock Market Correction in the Cards?

My Comments: I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of thinking about this. Frankly, it can’t happen soon enough for me since I’ve been getting ready for the next one for several years now. And it’s kept me from being confident enough to put my money where it will grow in a meaningful way. …

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