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Working Past Your Normal Retirement Age

October 5, 2011
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The Great Recession has many older Americans considering the prospects of staying in the workforce past their normal retirement age. But working past your normal retirement age is not a new necessity. According to the Social Security Administration, nearly 31% of individuals between the ages of 70 and 74 reported income from earnings in 2008,…

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Women, Money and Today's Retirement

September 28, 2011
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Despite all of the other advances made in our society in recent generations, women continue to face unique challenges when it comes to preparing for their financial futures. Recognizing the Shortfalls For starters, women on average still earn less than men, according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. And because women tend…

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A Retirement Reality Check

August 10, 2011
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If you have already retired or if you can count the number of years until retirement on your fingers then please heed this friendly warning: Unless you’re already making the most of your current retirement planning strategies, then it may be difficult to lay the groundwork for a financially secure future. Don’t just take my…

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The Basics of Long-Term Care Insurance

November 19, 2010
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Thinking about the need and the costs of long-term care is enough to make anyone uncomfortable. But while it’s a difficult subject to talk about, it’s also a topic that often generates lots of questions and misunderstanding. Consider this: The average cost of nursing home care in the United States now exceeds $70,000 per year,…

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The Impact of a Divorce on Your Finances

November 17, 2010
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Divorce can extract a heavy price — both emotionally and financially. Protecting your financial health during a divorce is crucial. If you and your spouse are headed toward a split, be sure to learn about the laws that shape divorce proceedings and the impact they can have on your assets. Dividing the Assets Typically, everything…

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Who Is Your Beneficiary?

October 17, 2010
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 Good planning takes into account both the expected and the unexpected. By building your nest egg, you’re planning for the comfortable retirement you always hoped for. All it takes to plan for the unfortunate event that something unexpected happens on the way to retirement is to name beneficiaries for all your investments. While it…

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Meet the Education Challenge: Planning for Tomorrow's Tuition Costs

September 17, 2010
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Many parents dream of the day their child strides to the stage to receive a college diploma. On the other hand, many parents dread the day that college tuition bills arrive. Despite steep tuition costs, however, a college education may be a sound investment that’s within the reach of many families. All it takes is…

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Five Steps to a Simpler Financial Life

June 17, 2010
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 For many Americans, financial life seems to be getting more and more complicated. Perhaps that’s because more workers bear responsibility for their own retirement savings thanks to the proliferation of 401(k) and other plans. Or maybe it’s because there’s so much information and so many investment choices to sort through. Whatever the case, here…

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