Articles Tagged ‘retirement advice’

Retirement Advice to Get Your Retirement Back on Track in 2014
Monday, January 6th, 2014
Retirement Advice to Get Your Retirement Back on Track in 2014While the broad stock markets have performed really well in 2013, you still might not be entirely comfortable with your current level of retirement savings, and your overall retirement plan. Perhaps you’re a bit reluctant to fully commit to a retirement savings plan because you’re still feeling the effects of the significant market declines of 2008 and 2009. But staying away from investing often leads some individuals not to save any money at all. And the most valuable factor you have in being able to save enough for your retirement is giving your savings time to grow. Here is some retirement...

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How to Apply for Social Security Benefits
Thursday, December 12th, 2013
How to Apply for Social Security BenefitsEven though many of the assumptions have changed regarding what retirement looks like and how we act during retirement, one thing has remained relatively constant: the timing of retirement is closely related to eligibility for federal Social Security retirement benefits. For example, some people begin to consider retiring when they first become eligible for partial Social Security benefits (at age 62). Many others still base their retirement expectations on the age at which they’ll receive full Social Security benefits (between age 65 and 67), while still others wait until they can receive the maximum Read More »

Managing Your Finances after a Surprise Early Retirement
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
Managing Your Finances after a Surprise Early RetirementPlanning and saving for retirement is one of the longest term tasks any of us will ever undertake during our lives. For example, if you start thinking about retirement when you get your first real job where your employer will offer participation in a 401(k) or other retirement plan, then you’ll have several decades to determine the best approach to saving, and a target date for when you want to retire. But like many things in life, things don’t always work out that way. Sometimes we aren’t in control over when we retire, and it comes a bit early, and...

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The Benefits of Fixed Annuities for Retirement Savings
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
The Benefits of Fixed Annuities for Retirement SavingsWhen individuals come up with a long-term retirement plans, individually managed accounts such as IRAs and 401(k)s are likely to make up most, if not all, of their planning. These accounts are certainly essential to long-term success as they provide sizable tax benefits; in the years in which contributions are made, while the accounts are active, and sometimes even when funds are withdrawn (in the case of Roth IRAs). But some investors don’t want the burden of having to make all the investment decisions themselves. This is where using a fixed annuity for retirement savings can provide significant benefits. Here...

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How to Downsize in Retirement and Enjoy Life More
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
How to Downsize in Retirement and Enjoy Life MoreThe concept of “downsizing” or living a simpler life is becoming more popular across different segments of American society. More people are realizing that the satisfaction they get from always having the biggest and newest consumer items is often outweighed by the additional time they need to work in order to afford that lifestyle of conspicuous consumption. The same downsizing concepts have also become popular with individuals who have already retired or are about to do so. Remember that by “downsizing” what we’re really referring to is financial downsizing; that is, lowering monthly expenses. With that in mind, here...

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Should You Start an IRA For Your Kids?
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Should You Start an IRA For Your Kids?When we think about individual retirement accounts, and how important it is to start them early in our careers, we might assume that this means opening our first account when we get our first job after graduation. But this thinking is unnecessarily restrictive, and people can greatly improve the chances of a financially successful and secure retirement by starting their IRAs even earlier than that. Instead, you should be working to help your children begin their own IRAs as early as possible. The IRS rules governing IRAs actually have no minimum age requirement, so your child can have their own...

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Have You Made An Estate Plan?
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
Have You Made An Estate Plan?There’s a common misconception that the estate planning process is only relevant for wealthy individuals and families. That simply isn’t true, and neglecting to come up with your own estate plan can prove to be a mistake with significant financial and personal consequences. Proper estate planning can save you and your family headaches and heartaches down the road. A well considered estate plan makes sure that your family is taken care of and your financial goals are met after you die. This is true regardless of whether you consider yourself to be wealthy or not. An estate plan is generally comprised...

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Converting To a Roth IRA? 3 Questions to Ask Yourself First.
Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
Converting To a Roth IRA 3 Questions to Ask Yourself FirstSaving money for retirement is one of the most important financial tasks you face during you life. However, there are a number of different options for retirement saving, and the method that’s best for you will likely depend on several factors. One of the most popular types of retirement savings accounts is the Individual Retirement Account (or “IRA”). There are two different types of IRAs; the Traditional IRA and the Roth IRA, and in some circumstances converting from a Traditional IRA to a Roth account can provide you with significant long-term financial benefits. Here is some retirement advice and three...

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Do You Need To Still Save Money During Retirement?
Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Do You Need To Still Save Money During RetirementIf you’ve taken charge of your retirement future then you’ll spend thirty or forty years saving money for that wonderful day when you stop working. Once you retire you’re done saving, right? All you need to do now is sit back and enjoy your golden years. While it’s certainly a good idea to enjoy the rest of your life, it’s also generally important to continue trying to save money and budget your finances during retirement. It’s important because you don’t know how long you’re going to live, or how health care expenses are going to impact your retirement nest egg. Here’s...

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How to Check On Your Social Security Benefits
Monday, September 9th, 2013
How to Check On Your Social Security BenefitsEven though the future health and viability of the Social Security program has been called into question, it's unlikely that Social Security retirement benefits will disappear entirely. Furthermore, even if you have a sizable retirement nest egg you still need to understand how much income you can expect to receive from all the sources you have available, including Social Security. As you save for retirement and making your savings plans it’s important to know how much Social Security you’ll receive when you retire, regardless of where you are in the process. Here is some retirement advice on how...

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