Retiring in a down market can mean 2/3 less money for rest of your life…

My Comments: I’ve written about the risks of being alive. Not having enough money in retirement is one of them. This article, featuring comments by Jana Greer, CEO of American International Group, a multinational finance and insurance corporation, can be interpreted as a sales pitch that you may or may not respond to. For me, …

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Top 10 Tips for a Meaningful Retirement

My Comments: These words from Nicholas Hopwood of Plymouth, Michigan, echo the lessons I teach in my online courses at Successful Retirement Secrets. The challenge for everyone who expects to someday retire is to prepare themselves without becoming obsessed with what has to happen first. He stresses, as do I, the need to fully understand …

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Here’s what fees can do to your retirement if you don’t pay attention

My Comments: While this was apparently written for Canadians, I assure you it is equally valid for those of us in the States. What you can never forget is that not every financial advisor or company offering investment products have your best interest at heart. That’s not to say fees are evil, they are not. …

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How a Reverse Mortgage Can Benefit You in Retirement

My Comments: Being alive carries with it certain risks. Some can be managed and some cannot. Running out of money in retirement is a risk you want to avoid if you can. To the extent you have been able to pay off a home mortgage or otherwise find yourself with an equity position, sometime a …

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The 6 Best Vanguard Funds to Own in a Bear Market

My Comments: Much of my retirement money is at Vanguard. At some point I’m going to decide we’ve hit bottom and move it back into Vanguard growth funds or ETFs. But right now, if you have the courage of your convictions, here are five low cost funds that you can use. If you are still …

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Retirees Will Spend a Third of Their Social Security on This One Big Expense

My Comments: My efforts to coach people to start thinking seriously about their future retirement is complicated. For every positive associated with retirement there are just as many negatives. This is one of them. Unless you plan to die before you reach retirement, you should find time to get your ducks lined up well in …

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Do You Know These Basic Financial Terms?

My Comments: The lack of financial literacy for most people is an existential risk when thinking about money and the role it plays in peoples everyday lives. And it becomes even greater when the idea of retirement surfaces and what has to be put in place long before that day arrives. Here’s a start… by …

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