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Don’t Let That Retirement Dream Home Turn Into a Nightmare

Americans dream for years of buying or building a retirement “dream home.” Many want their new homes in warm weather climates like Florida or Arizona. According to The 25 top places to retire in America, a Time Magazine analysis of Census records, of the 3.3 million Americans 50 and over who were no longer working…

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Retiring Early? Don’t make these mistakes

Everyone’s dream is to retire early. But, for most of us, it’s not in the cards to retire in our 30s or 40s. According to U.S. Census Bureau Current Population Survey, the average retirement age for men is 65, and for women, 62. But, some can reasonably aim for retirement in their late 50s or…

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Staying Active in Retirement

There are many mistakes you can make as you prepare to enter retirement. That’s one reason many people suggest you sit down with a professional before you retire. But one thing people often overlook when they leave their jobs is that they are walking away from their existing network of friends and colleagues without considering…

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Longevity Risk: The Financial Implications of a Long Life

Living longer is a good thing, right? Most people would probably agree with that. Living longer means more time to enjoy all the world has to offer and more time to spend with cherished family and friends. So what is longevity risk all about? The risk portion refers to the economic realities that may come…

Stock Market Risk: Too Much for Retirees to Handle?

I had lunch with my friend Peter recently. He and I are in different places financially and have very different experiences with stock market risk. I think part of that has to do with his corporate job and investing experience over the past four decades, which ultimately may help to ensure him a more financially…

Do Low Interest Rates Pose a Risk to Your Retirement?

Interest rates are at historically low levels. They have been that way for several years while the US Federal Reserve attempts to stimulate economic growth. Sounds ideal, right? Well, what’s good for some isn’t as good for others. Low rates may help a young family looking to buy their first home, but it may hurt…

Jul 28, 2015

Living Benefit Riders for Annuities: A Good Source Of Income Protection For Retirees?

A concern of many retirees and near-retirees is the possibility of not having enough income to last the rest of their lives. The concern is understandable, given increasing life spans and the rising cost of living which exists in many parts of the US. Another hurdle is trying to make assets last as long as…

Figuring Out What Income You Need In Retirement

Rodney Brooks The most recent retirement confidence survey from the Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI) in Washington, D.C. says only 21 percent of Americans are now very confident that they will have enough money to live comfortably in retirement. Another 22 percent are somewhat confident.1 And the Transamerica Center for Retirement Research also says only…