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Retirement: Proceed With Caution Before Relying on General Rules

November 7, 2016
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When investing for retirement, you’re likely to hear a lot of well-meaning guidance from family, friends, and others offering advice–even the media. As you weigh the potential benefits of any commonly cited investment rules, consider that most are designed for the average situation, which means they may be wrong as often as they’re right. Although…

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10 Years and Counting: Points to Consider as You Approach Retirement

July 18, 2016
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If you’re a decade or so away from retirement, you’ve probably spent at least some time thinking about this major life change. How will you manage the transition? Will you travel, take up a new sport or hobby, or spend more time with friends and family? Should you consider relocating? Will you continue to work…

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Setting and Targeting Investment Goals

July 4, 2016
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Go out into your yard and dig a big hole. Every month, throw $50 into it, but don’t take any money out until you’re ready to buy a house, send your child to college, or retire. It sounds a little crazy, doesn’t it? But that’s what investing without setting clear-cut goals is like. If you’re…

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Balancing Work and Family

June 20, 2016
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At one time, the typical American family looked like this: a breadwinner father who commuted a short distance to work and earned a very good living, and a stay-at-home mother who took care of the kids and family home with aplomb. Life seemed easy and manageable, with plenty of time for family meals, parent relaxation,…

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True or False: You Are a Retirement Savings Plan Expert

April 11, 2016
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How much do you really know about your employer-sponsored retirement savings plan? If you’re like many people, you have many ideas about how your plan works, which may or may not be entirely accurate. To gauge your knowledge, take this brief quiz: Are the following statements true or false? Even though I’m young, I should…

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A Retirement Crisis?

March 15, 2016
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I saw this very interesting article on CNBC today called, “America’s looming retirement savings crisis“. It certainly is true for the masses that savings have and largely are lagging for most retirees – especially considering how many boomers we should see retiring in the next several years. The old adage still holds true – save…

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Changing Jobs? Take Your 401(k) and Roll It

August 26, 2015
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If you’ve lost your job, or are changing jobs, you may be wondering what to do with your 401(k) plan account. It’s important to understand your options. What will I be entitled to? If you leave your job (voluntarily or involuntarily), you’ll be entitled to a distribution of your vested balance. Your vested balance always…

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Monitoring Your Portfolio

May 27, 2015
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You probably already know you need to monitor your investment portfolio and update it periodically. Even if you’ve chosen an asset allocation, market forces may quickly begin to tweak it. For example, if stock prices go up, you may eventually find yourself with a greater percentage of stocks in your portfolio than you want. If…

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How Much Annual Income Can Your Retirement Portfolio Provide?

December 10, 2014
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Your retirement lifestyle will depend not only on your assets and investment choices, but also on how quickly you draw down your retirement portfolio. The annual percentage that you take out of your portfolio, whether from returns or the principal itself, is known as your withdrawal rate. Figuring out an appropriate initial withdrawal rate is…

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Immediate Annuities Can Provide Lifetime Income

November 7, 2014
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Running out of income is a primary concern for most retirees. Immediate annuities offer a financial alternative to help meet retirement income needs by providing a steady stream of income designed to last through retirement. What is an immediate annuity? An immediate annuity is a contract between you and an annuity issuer (an insurance company)…

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