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Don’t Miss These End of Year Healthcare Deadlines

December 14, 2020

An average 65-year-old couple retiring today will need an estimated $285,000 to cover their healthcare costs.[1] This doesn’t even include long-term care costs, which can run as high as $253 per day on average for a private room in a nursing home or $119 per day on average for care in an assisted living facility one-bedroom unit.[2] Today’s…

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What is Hygge and How Can It Help You Survive Winter?

December 11, 2020

Hygge (pronounced “hoo-ga”) isn’t a new brand of almond milk or a type of yoga; it’s a Danish lifestyle practice aimed at coziness, contentment, and well-being. If moving to a warmer climate isn’t part of your desired retirement lifestyle, or you’ll be making a trip up north, there are ways to love and enjoy winter. Even in a place…

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reduce your taxes

4 Things You Can Do By the End of the Year to Help Lower Your 2020 Tax Bill

December 7, 2020

Here come the holidays and everything that goes with them – traveling, cooking, buying gifts, and of course, spending time with the people we love. It’s a busy time of year when finances can take a back seat, but don’t wait to review your tax situation. Here are four things you can do by the end of the…

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financial education planning

Giving the Gift of Education

December 4, 2020

It’s graduation season, and along with all the wonderful things a college degree comes with are also student loan debts. If you’re attending high school or college graduations, no one may be talking about it, but the graduates and their parents likely have the high cost of college on their minds. You might be writing a check or…

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retirement planning

Note These 3 Retirement Risks

November 30, 2020

Imagine you’ve saved your target amount for retirement and are on track to receive your optimal Social Security benefit. Many think these are the only things to take care of, but retirement planning consists of much more. It’s also crucial to consider how much risk you’re taking and how much risk your money can manage. No one can…

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active retirement

The Benefits of Gardening

November 27, 2020

Fall is harvest time. Pumpkins, squash, and apples fill grocery stores, and if you have a garden, your own produce might be ready to pick. Of course, not everyone has a garden – gardening can be too time-consuming for people who work full-time or travel frequently. But, one of the great things about retirement is having more free time…

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giving to charity

Time to Give Thanks: Charitable Giving Before the Year’s End

November 23, 2020

You’re probably looking forward to Thanksgiving, even if it looks a bit different this year or you’re not a big fan of turkey. Whatever your Thanksgiving is like this year, it’s a good time to think about how you express gratitude. Some people donate their time or money to a charitable organization, especially around the holidays. In 2019,…

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retirement planning

Your Retirement Recipe

November 20, 2020

It’s almost Thanksgiving, and if you’re hosting this year, you know that preparation and organization are key to a successful feast. First, you need to know how many mouths there will be to feed, then figure out what kind of meal you’re going to serve them and how you’ll make it. On top of all that, you need…

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How Much Could Long-Term Care Cost You?

November 15, 2020

If you have elderly parents or know someone who does, you already know that there are many hard decisions to make when it comes to long-term care, especially during the pandemic. And figuring out the finances can be even harder. Trends could change in the coming decades, such as moving long-term care into the home, and it’s important…

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The 1964 World’s Fair: How Does Yesterday Compare to Today?

November 14, 2020

The 1964 World’s Fair opened in New York City, bringing modern marvels to the thousands who visited. Many of the exhibits presented what life could be like in the future, showing new technologies that everyone might have someday. Let’s look back at the 1964 World’s Fair and see how yesterday compares to today. It’s a Small World The…

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