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3 Things to Know If You Don’t Want to Leave Your Retirement Income to Chance

August 23, 2020

If you’re nearing the end of a long career or have recently retired, you know something about what it takes to be successful. Luck can help, but hard work and proper planning are much more important. It’s the same with retirement. Deciding where your income will come from, working to help minimize your tax burden, and knowing how…

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Financial Lessons from a Founding Father

August 16, 2020

America is taking another look at Alexander Hamilton thanks to the hit Broadway musical celebrating his role in shaping our nation. As the first Secretary of the Treasury, he created the first national bank, consolidated the new country’s war debts, and established federal credit. You could say he was America’s first Chief Financial Officer. He was also a…

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retirement income planning

3 Things to Know About Your 401(k)

August 9, 2020

We all know that a 401(k) is one of the most important retirement planning tools we have. The potential tax benefits and power of compound interest can make it a great saving and investment tool for anyone who practices financial discipline and contributes regularly. There are several important things to know about your 401(k), such as how much…

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summer travel

4 Essential Items to Pack on Your Trip This Summer

August 3, 2020

If you’re traveling this summer, there are certain staples you can bring wherever you go. When packing for a trip, everyone immediately thinks of underwear and a toothbrush, but there are other essentials that don’t come to mind as easily. And even if you forgot those two things, you can buy a new toothbrush or an extra pair…

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retirement income planning

Pension Or No Pension, Have a Plan for Creating Retirement Income

July 24, 2020

Here’s proof that funding retirement has changed: In 1970, 45% of private-sector employees were covered by a pension plan.[1] Now, 4% are covered.[2] Pensions have largely been replaced by 401(k), IRAs, and similar retirement plans, and retirees must find a way to make their savings last throughout retirement. If you are lucky enough to have a pension, you still have…

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aging psychology

3 Ways to Create Your Own Blue Zone

July 16, 2020

Have you heard of “Blue Zones”? No, they’re not places where everyone is a Democrat. They’re places in the world where there is an unusually high number of people living into their 90’s and even 100’s. These populations are known for maintaining good health well into old age. It’s not that they have special technologies, or the best…

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social security

When It Comes to Social Security, Focus On What You Can Control

July 9, 2020

Even if you don’t plan to rely primarily on Social Security for income in retirement, it’s still an important part of your retirement plan. Despite its importance, only 4% of retirees claim Social Security benefits at the optimal time, losing out on an average of $111,000 per household, according to a recent study.[1] You might have many worries in…

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aging psychology

Can Nostalgia Overcome Aging?

July 2, 2020

You might think that the more recent an event, the easier it would be to remember it. And you might think that things that happened to you a long time ago would be harder to recall, but the human brain and memory are actually more complex. There is what psychologists call a “reminiscence bump,” which is the tendency…

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retirement planning

Note These 3 Retirement Risks

June 26, 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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