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What Will Retirement Look Like for You?

October 8, 2018
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Written by Mark Jaeger, CFP® For most of the last century, people either worked their entire lives (as long as they were physically able) or else they “retired” at around age 65 and lived out their few remaining years at home in rest and relaxation.  Today, retirement is different.  People commonly live 20 or 30…

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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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Women and Retirement Planning

February 23, 2016

Women face special challenges when planning for retirement. Because their careers are often interrupted to care for children or elderly parents, women may spend less time in the workforce and earn less money than men in the same age group. As a result, their retirement plan balances, Social Security benefits, and pension benefits are often…

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Medicaid and Nursing Home Care

January 15, 2016

As you enter your 60s and 70s, health may become more of an issue than it once was, and your thoughts may turn to the future. Who will take care of you when you can no longer care for yourself? If you must enter a nursing home, how will you pay for it? By learning…

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Social Security Retirement Income: a Primer

December 18, 2015

What role does Social Security play in your retirement income strategy? As you near retirement, it’s likely you’ll have many questions about Social Security. How much will your retirement benefit be? When should you apply? Will earnings from a part-time job affect your benefit? Social Security has always been a major source of income for…

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Five Questions and Answers about New Social Security Claiming Rules

December 9, 2015

When Congress unexpectedly eliminated two Social Security claiming strategies as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, retirement planning got a little more complicated for people who expected to use those strategies to boost their retirement income. Here are some questions and answers that could help if you are wondering how the new rules…

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Financial Planning: Helping You See the Big Picture

June 29, 2015
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Do you picture yourself owning a new home, starting a business, or retiring comfortably? These are a few of the financial goals that may be important to you, and each comes with a price tag attached. That’s where financial planning comes in. Financial planning is a process that can help you target your goals by…

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Balancing a Retirement Portfolio with Asset Allocation

May 4, 2015

The combination of investments you choose is as important as the individual investments themselves. In fact, many experts argue that it’s even more important, since the mix of various types of investments accounts for most of the ups and downs of a portfolio’s return. Each type of investment, or asset class, has strengths and weaknesses…

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Reaching Retirement: Now What?

December 5, 2014

  You’ve worked hard your whole life anticipating the day you could finally retire. Well, that day has arrived! But with it comes the realization that you’ll need to carefully manage your assets so that your retirement savings will last. Review your portfolio regularly Traditional wisdom holds that retirees should value the safety of their…

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Retirement Planning Key Numbers

December 2, 2014

Certain retirement plan and IRA limits are indexed for inflation each year, and many of the limits eligible for a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) have increased for 2015. Some of the key numbers for 2015 are listed below, with the corresponding limit for 2014. (The source for these 2015 numbers is IRS Information Release IR-2014-99.) 1…

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