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6 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before I Retired

6 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before I Retired

A recent retiree shares lessons learned late about saving money and spending time Everyone nearing retirement has a vision of what their road will be like once they clock out of the 9-to-5. Maybe that prophecy includes regular travel, longer trips to see the...

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Don’t Make This Big Retirement Mistake

Don’t Make This Big Retirement Mistake

A recent survey of Americans who have yet to retire found that just 10% have made plans to receive the biggest possible Social Security payout. And it’s not because people don’t know that Social Security pays bigger benefits the longer you wait to claim. More than 90%...

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What Is a Fixed Index Annuity?

What Is a Fixed Index Annuity?

The S&P 500 represents about 80% of the total market capitalization of large-cap U.S. stocks (market price per common share multiplied by the number of common shares outstanding). As it is so widespread, many market analysts use it as an indicator of the overall...

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6 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before I Retired

6 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before I Retired

A recent retiree shares lessons learned late about saving money and spending time Everyone nearing retirement has a vision of what their road will be like once they clock out of the 9-to-5. Maybe that prophecy includes regular travel, longer trips to see the...

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10 Retirement Planning Mistakes People Make at 50

10 Retirement Planning Mistakes People Make at 50

Take inventory of your assets and your strategy, or you could regret it later Reaching age 50 is a milestone that most of us celebrate. Still, after you’ve blown out the candles and bid farewell to your guests, you may have a headache from too much champagne, but...

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8 Common Above-the-Line Deductions Anyone Can Claim

8 Common Above-the-Line Deductions Anyone Can Claim

Take these write-offs on your 1040, even if you don’t itemize your return Doing your taxes is a hunt for ways to minimize your income: The lower your income, the less tax you pay. For most retirees and pre-retirees, this means taking the standard deduction and moving...

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12 Things to Tell Your Kids About Your Money

12 Things to Tell Your Kids About Your Money

You don’t have to tell them some things, but others are very important You’ve probably taught your kids a whole bunch about money over the years, like how to stretch an allowance through an entire week and how to balance a debit account — or, most challenging of all,...

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7 Things to Know About Appointing an Executor

7 Things to Know About Appointing an Executor

And 7 ways to make things easier for yours Have you found an executor (also known as a personal representative) to handle your affairs should you become incapacitated or die? Planning for death-related events isn’t fun, so you may be procrastinating. Or you may be...

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7 Money Leaks — and How to Plug Them

7 Money Leaks — and How to Plug Them

These stealthy cash drainers could be costing you big bucks Yes, you can save a lot by cutting out the little pleasures in life. Nonessentials like caffe lattes and premium channels can really add up. But life is too short for mediocre coffee! The good news is that...

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Why Gen X Is Freaking Out About Retirement

Why Gen X Is Freaking Out About Retirement

Facing an insecure financial future, America's 'neglected middle child' may have to chart a different path to post-work life For years, Mike Cundall Jr. thought he was on the proper path to retirement. A professor of philosophy at North Carolina A&T University,...

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5 Retirement Fears Keeping Us Up at Night

5 Retirement Fears Keeping Us Up at Night

Inflation, stock swings and more erode Americans’ confidence in future financial security When it comes to retirement readiness, many Americans are feeling disillusioned. A spring Gallup poll found that only 43 percent of nonretired adults expect to live out their...

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8 Ways to Recover Faster From a Disaster

8 Ways to Recover Faster From a Disaster

A little planning can ease the financial hardship You may not think a disaster can hit you, but a disaster of some sort can occur just about any place, at any time, with little or no warning. Garrett Sorensen knows that. His car was totaled when a powerful tornado hit...

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10 Biggest Expenses in Retirement

10 Biggest Expenses in Retirement

You may think that your big expenses in retirement will be for greens fees at golf clubs, spa charges at that resort in Crete, and taking the kids out for avocado toast on weekends. And that may well be true. But some of your biggest expenses may surprise you —...

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5 Retirement Savings Changes Coming in 2024

5 Retirement Savings Changes Coming in 2024

The Secure 2.0 Act of 2022 has several provisions that could significantly impact your retirement savings, and some of the most important ones are set to take effect in 2024. The legislation was designed to make it easier to save for retirement, streamline retirement...

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Choosing the Safest Investment Path

Choosing the Safest Investment Path

3 ways to ensure you’ll be able to afford your essential retirement expenses If your safe investments won't produce enough income to cover your "floor" expenses, the answer is to rethink and reduce your expenses. When you're young, you can't be too aggressive when...

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4 Retirement Planning Tips for 2023

4 Retirement Planning Tips for 2023

Are you prepared for retirement? With longer life expectancy, rising healthcare costs, and the possibility of Social Security insolvency the pressure to prepare is mounting. To help you navigate the process, here’s an overview of the key factors you should consider...

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5 Retirement Planning Steps to Take

5 Retirement Planning Steps to Take

These five steps will help you toward a safe, secure, and fun retirement Retirement planning is a multistep process that evolves over time. To have a comfortable, secure—and fun—retirement, you need to build the financial cushion that will fund it all. The fun part is...

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Taxation of Retirement Income

Taxation of Retirement Income

When you retire, you leave behind many things—the daily grind, commuting, maybe your old home—but one thing you keep is a tax bill. In fact, income taxes can be your single largest expense in retirement. Taxation of Social Security Benefits Many older Americans are...

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6 Things to Do If You’re Nearing Retirement

6 Things to Do If You’re Nearing Retirement

Planning to retire in 10 years or less? Find out what you need to know and do for a smoother transition. If you’re thinking of retiring within the next 10 years, you may feel like you’re confronting quite a few “what ifs” and unknowns. “Many retirees say transitioning...

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What Is the Ideal Retirement Age for Your Health?

What Is the Ideal Retirement Age for Your Health?

Average life expectancy has risen by 16 years since the national retirement age was set at 65. We asked health experts when they think people should stop working now. In 1881, the conservative German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, plagued by a rise in socialist...

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Why is insurance important in financial planning?

Why is insurance important in financial planning?

Key takeaways Like a good financial plan, insurance takes into account your goals and current financial situation and should evolve as your life changes. In addition to income replacement, life insurance, in particular, can help diversify your portfolio, protect...

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Are Annuities Taxable? A Guide to How Annuities are Taxed

Are Annuities Taxable? A Guide to How Annuities are Taxed

Annuities offer powerful tax benefits to those planning for, or entering retirement. Unlike money market accounts, savings accounts, certificate of deposit (CDs), and most bonds, annuities carry the potential to create tax-deferred accumulation. For example, interest...

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What Is Good About Fixed Indexed Annuities?

What Is Good About Fixed Indexed Annuities?

Fixed indexed annuities (FIAs) have grown in popularity over the years, primarily due to their unique combination of safety, growth potential, and guaranteed income streams. In this people-first guide, we’ll explore the benefits of fixed-indexed annuities, how they...

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Many Older Americans Haven’t Saved Anything For Retirement

Many Older Americans Haven’t Saved Anything For Retirement

More than a quarter of Americans have no money saved for retirement. That’s according to a new survey from personal finance site Credit Karma, which found older respondents are even less prepared by some measures than their younger counterparts. Nearly one in five...

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15 Surprising Retirement Facts and Stats for [2023]

15 Surprising Retirement Facts and Stats for [2023]

There are a lot of myths about retirement out there. Here are several retirement statistics that might just surprise you. While we may know family members or friends who have retired, we don’t usually discuss what their finances look like and the things they wish...

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Successful Retirement Requires More Than Financial Planning

Successful Retirement Requires More Than Financial Planning

Are emotional health and personal fulfillment part of your retirement portfolio? Retiring successfully requires careful planning to ensure financial and physical health, but what about other important aspects of retirement, such as emotional health and personal...

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Can Remote Work Get You a Head Start on Retirement?

Can Remote Work Get You a Head Start on Retirement?

If you have a dream destination in mind, careful planning and a willing boss could help you make the move ahead of schedule Rob Nehrbas was winding up his career as an executive at an Arizona-based laser device company he’d sold to a bigger competitor when he realized...

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7 Ways Retirement Will Be Different in 2023

7 Ways Retirement Will Be Different in 2023

Tax changes, RMD rules, Social Security COLA and more will affect older Americans’ finances You might have heard about big changes coming to retirement finance due to Secure 2.0, a package of provisions included in the massive spending bill enacted by Congress and...

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