social security

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…

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3 Ways to Create Your Own Blue Zone

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,…

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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1970, 45% of private-sector employees were covered by a pension plan.[1] Now, 4% are covered.[2] Pensions have largely been replaced by 401(k), IRAs, and similar retirement plans, and retirees must find a way to make their savings last throughout retirement.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…

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packing essentials

  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…

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Financial Lessons from a Founding Father

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…

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retirement lifestyle

Entering retirement can mean a dramatic shift in lifestyle, but luckily there is plenty of time for new or old hobbies. Remember, you’re not just retiring from something, you’re retiring to something. The “what” is up to you, and there are many options other than expensive hobbies. Here are four fun and affordable retirement activities.…

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taxes

The revised tax day date, July 15th, is upon us, and there are several important things to note, whether you’ve filed already or not. While our tax bill might only be at the forefront of our minds during one time of the year, the reality is that financial moves throughout the year can impact your…

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retirement planning

Summer is here, and whether you’re going to relax, visit friends, or take a trip, it’s important to consider how you will spend your time. As a kid, you probably looked forward to summer vacations where you had a break from responsibilities and your time was your own. Retirement is similar, except that it lasts…

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3 Things to Know About Covering Healthcare Costs In Retirement

Consider that the average 65-year-old couple retiring today will need an estimated $363,946 to cover their healthcare costs in retirement, and this does not include long-term care costs.[1] Many people assume that Medicare will cover all of their healthcare needs, but Medicare is neither free nor comprehensive healthcare coverage. There can potentially be many out-of-pocket…

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