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Empty Nesters Flying the Coop? Tips for a Downsized Life

Empty Nesters Flying the Coop? Tips for a Downsized Life

The kids are all grown up and officially out the door. Here you are in this big, empty house, with a yard to maintain and lots of space you may not need as you head into your golden years. So, now what? It may be time to consider downsizing. As more baby boomers hit retirement, many are shifting to, or at least considering, a downsized life in some form.

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Late Start to Your Retirement Savings: Don't Panic
October 16, 2017

Late Start to Your Retirement Savings: Don't Panic

As with many of life’s long-term goals, it’s never too late to start saving for retirement. But a late start to retirement savings—we’re talking about a couple of ...

Life Happens: Preparing for the Unexpected On Way to Retirement
October 12, 2017

Life Happens: Preparing for the Unexpected On Way to Retirement

Some people spend decades preparing for a comfortable retirement, only to get derailed by unexpected events.

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Interest Rates Edging Higher; Is It Time to Consider Annuities?
October 11, 2017

Interest Rates Edging Higher; Is It Time to Consider Annuities?

Interest rates have been rising, albeit at a snail’s pace. Some investors saving for retirement want to know what rising rates might mean for annuities, and whether it ...

Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans: Take Advantage Early
October 5, 2017

Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans: Take Advantage Early

If you’re just beginning your career, you might have prioritized paying off college debt and building emergency savings rather than retirement. Ironically, though ...

Managed Portfolios: Attempting to Harmonize Opportunity and Risk
October 4, 2017

Managed Portfolios: Attempting to Harmonize Opportunity and Risk

A well-designed managed portfolio aims to be like a skillfully crafted piece of music: It sets forth a unifying theme that commands progression from beginning ...

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Small Business Retirement: Debunking Some Common SEP Myths
September 27, 2017

Small Business Retirement: Debunking Some Common SEP Myths

Small business owners sometimes use Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) IRAs to contribute money to their employees’ retirement, or even to their own.

Help Wanted: Experience Required—Job-Search Tips for Older Workers
September 20, 2017

Help Wanted: Experience Required—Job-Search Tips for Older Workers

Searching for a job is hard, whatever your age and whatever the economy’s status. That probably doesn’t come as news to anyone. Older, late-career workers ...

Ready to Write Your Will? Experts Recommend Several Dos and Don’ts
September 13, 2017

Ready to Write Your Will? Experts Recommend Several Dos and Don’ts

Along with death and taxes, there seems to be a third certainty for Americans: a reluctance to think about, talk about, and properly and legally prepare for the first ...

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Preferred Stock: A Potential Income Arrow in the Quiver
September 6, 2017

Preferred Stock: A Potential Income Arrow in the Quiver

As interest rates continue to be low, where should you search for yield? Should you consider adding preferred stock to your portfolio? Although the Federal Open ...

Putting Off Your Estate Planning? These 5 Tips Can Help
August 31, 2017

Putting Off Your Estate Planning? These 5 Tips Can Help

If there’s one subject many of us tend to avoid thinking about, it’s estate planning. Maybe you wrote a will back when you first had kids, but you haven’t touched it in ...

Making Your Money Last in Retirement with Fixed Income
August 23, 2017

Making Your Money Last in Retirement with Fixed Income

First the good news: Life expectancies are rising. Now the better news: There are investments that may help you generate income so you’re better equipped to handle

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Long Time Horizon: Is It Ever OK to Ignore Your Retirement Portfolio?
August 16, 2017

Long Time Horizon: Is It Ever OK to Ignore Your Retirement Portfolio?

Our lives are busy. There are children to feed and educate, bills to pay, bathrooms to clean, lawns to mow, TV programs to watch, social media sites to peruse ...

More than Sun and Golf: Key Factors for Choosing a Retirement Location
August 9, 2017

More than Sun and Golf: Key Factors for Choosing a Retirement Location

Choosing where to retire is one of the most important decisions a person can make, and abundant sunshine and access to golf courses are just a couple of the ...

Downsize Upshot: Choosing a Retirement Community
August 2, 2017

Downsize Upshot: Choosing a Retirement Community

If you're an empty nester who's getting older, you may like the idea of downsizing. But if you don’t fancy moving into the sub-400-square-foot residences espoused by ...

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Why Wait? When It Comes to Social Security, Patience Can Pay
July 26, 2017

Why Wait? When It Comes to Social Security, Patience Can Pay

Some say 70 is the new 50. That’s up for debate, but as far as Social Security is concerned, perhaps it’s fair to say 70 is the new 66. Huh? Stay with us, because this ...

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