How Living Longer Will Impact Your Retirement

My Comments: My posts last week focused on the stock market and my belief we're not yet near the bottom of the current cycle. This week, my attempts will focus on retirement issues. If you're 39 or older, you should find something of value here. I make no apology for promoting my recently published book …

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What is the pending SECURE Act from Congress?

First, SECURE is the acronym for Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement. Someone stayed awake nights coming up with all that. Second, it’s an attempt to bring the federal regulations about money saved for retirement purposes further into the 21st Century. Too many Americans are grossly unprepared for retirement and many that are prepared …

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A Few Reasons to File for Social Security at Full Retirement Age

Chances are you are already thinking about Social Security if you were born in 1960 or earlier. You are also aware of articles all over internet about when it’s best to sign up and start taking your retirement benefits. As someone who has taught workshops about Social Security for years, I can tell you that …

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Is Capitalism Still A Viable Economic Model?

The short answer is YES. But there are some issues that need to be remedied. I’m reminded of a Churchill quote to the effect “…it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” The same can be said for …

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A Short Retirement Checklist

Some of us are organized and some of us are not and the rest of us are 'sorta/kinda' organized. I’m in the 'sorta/kinda' organized group. I am, however, heavily invested these days in teaching others a process to follow when thinking about their future retirement. I’ve created an internet school called Successful Retirement Secrets™ where …

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Reverse Mortgages and Retirement – Part One

A much maligned financial planning tool is the reverse mortgage. And there is good reason why it had a bad reputation. Notice I use the word ‘had’. My position today is there is no reason to simply walk away because of that reputation. It no longer applies. First, a little background. When buying a house …

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What does it cost to file early for Social Security benefits?

We've all probably read that most people file and start taking Social Security at age 62. We’ve also read that it’s a good idea to claim at 62. And for every message that it’s a good idea, there’s another saying it’s a bad idea. I identify four or five ideas here to help you define …

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Three Retirement Fundamentals

I can suggest dozens of questions that when answered, will define your retirement. And I can suggest more questions that when answered, will re-define your retirement. While money and having enough is important, there are other things to consider if you want your retired years to end with few regrets. For example, how will you …

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Defined Benefit Pension Plans and Retirement

In days past, if you were fortunate, your full time job included what is known as a defined benefit pension plan. Your ‘benefit’ was determined, or defined, by how long you worked for that employer, your age when you retired, and how much you were making when you retired. That last element might have been …

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6 More Regrets to Avoid in Retirement

Yesterday I asked if you were feeling lucky. The idea being that if things work out for you, your journey end will arrive with few regrets. Before you conclude I’m trying too hard to deny you years of fun and games, I’m really focused on helping you enjoy a worry free and financially secure retirement. …

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