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Getting Old is for Making Money! 10 Super Surprising Facts About Financial Success Later in Life

You might be surprised by the facts of being an entrepreneur after 50! Financial success later in life is FAR more common than you might think. Can you guess which of the following statements are fact and which are fiction? Most Entrepreneurs Worldwide are 55-64 FACT According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), the highest…

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The 12 Best Life Expectancy Calculators and Why You Should Use One When Planning Your Retirement

Your longevity is one of the most significant unknowable factors that determine how much you need for retirement, how much you can spend, how much time you have to do the things you want to do and more. Estimating your longevity using one of the best life expectancy calculators can be a good way to improve…

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Retirement Income Strategies: 18 Ideas for Lifetime Wealth and Peace of Mind

We’ve spent our whole lives working, spending the money we earn and hopefully saving a little too. When we retire, everything we have ever experienced about managing our own finances gets turned upside down. We no longer earn as much or any money from work. We have to figure out how to make do with…

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Purposeful Ideas for Retirees Seeking a Second Career or a Big Life Change

Lots of people “retire” to a whole new second career or a very different way of life. In fact, for the majority of retirees, retirement no longer means pursuing a life of leisure. Retirees today are finding new purpose for their “golden years.” Some people want to change their life completely. Others just want a…

Is a Financial Advisor Worth It? 10 Tricks for Developing a Worthwhile Relationship

A lot of people wonder if a financial advisor is worth it. Are they really worth the time, expense and hassle. It can be a sizable expense and you don’t want to make mistakes or feel uncomfortable about the process. If you decide you could benefit, it is important to choose an advisor that is…

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Do You Have a Planning Mindset? It May Be the Right Route to a Happy Retirement

So much of life is determined by your mindset. How you think about things can result in how things are and will be. Recent research from Wells Fargo has found that “planning is actually everything.” And, particularly true if you want to feel great about your financial future. Planning Mindset: They Key to a Happy…

3 Mental Blocks Preventing Your Secure Retirement

There are all kinds of things we say we want to do, but very often we don’t get them done. For example, maybe you want to exercise more, read “War and Peace,” or develop an adequate plan for a secure financial future… but are you actually succeeding? Apparently, it is not enough to want to…

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Can You Do Better than Average on this Quiz of Your Retirement Financial Literacy?

Retirement financial literacy is low. Most of us do not know very much about the fundamentals of how personal finance works. Just look at the average retirement income and you will realize that most people are unprepared and unaware of what is needed for a secure retirement. However, a survey suggests that financial literacy is…

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15 Scenarios to Try with a Comprehensive Retirement Calculator! Discover Real Ways to Strengthen Your Finances

Did you know that a truly comprehensive retirement calculator can do A LOT more than answer the questions most of us know to ask: When can I retire? How much do I need to retire? Am I likely to run out of money? There is so much more to retirement planning than just having enough…

New and Useful: Retirement Planner Now Has Additional Withdrawals Strategies, Tax Enhancements and More…

The NewRetirement team is always scrambling to add new and useful functionality to the NewRetirement Planner. This week we are introducing additional withdrawal strategies, better handling of capital gains on after-tax accounts, and faster, more detailed Inspector charting. Log in now to start using it or learn more below. Withdrawal Strategies You can now choose…

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Average Retirement Income 2020: How Do You Compare?

How are you going to pay for retirement? How is everyone else doing it? What is the average retirement income 2020? Are you anywhere close to average? Although the economy has been booming, many of us are going to come up short for retirement income — even if you can optimize your assets to turn…

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The No Regret Retirement: Make Sure You Are Happy with the Big Decision

Retirement is a big deal. It is a major life transition and just like you didn’t want to choose the wrong college, marry the wrong partner, take the wrong job, or have too many kids, you want a retirement without regret! Here are a few tips to make sure you are happy and satisfied with…

Podcast: Larry Swedroe — A Successful & Secure Retirement

Episode 35 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Larry Swedroe — director of research for Buckingham Strategic Wealth. They discuss his new book, Your Complete Guide to a Successful & Secure Retirement, and what he’s learned helping people plan for their future over his 20+ year career in financial services and wealth management….

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Important: New SECURE Act Brings Big Changes for Retirement Planning

The SECURE Act — formally known as the “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement” Act — is designed to help people better use retirement savings and save more. However, it also has some big tax implications related to leaving behind an estate. It is important that you are aware of these changes and you…

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65 Retirement Tips for a Healthy, Wealthy and Happy Retirement!

If you want to have a good retirement, you need to figure out what that means to you. Do some life planning for retirement, set goals and use these retirement tips to create a plan that allows you to achieve exactly what you want. What do most of us want? It is usually pretty simple,…

Podcast: Scott Rieckens — Playing with FIRE

Episode 34 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Scott Rieckens — two-time Emmy-nominated filmmaker and F.I.R.E. (Financial Independence, Retire Early) enthusiast. Steve and Scott discuss Riecken’s new documentary: Playing with FIRE. Scott and his family have made huge changes in their lives in order to get on track for FIRE. This is their…

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Retirement Stories: Cancer’s Demise? How Meaning Can Be Found in Odd Places

What you do in retirement can sometimes be surprising. What follows are some important, wild or wacky recent retirement stories meant to inform and inspire you. Purpose Can Be Found in Odd (Though Heartwarming) Endeavors In 2016, at over the age of 100, Alfred Date was Australia’s oldest living man. He found his purpose in…

The Grapes of… Roth Conversion: A Fruitful Strategy for Retirement Wealth

Tax deferred? Tax free? Tax advantaged? It might sometimes feel a bit taxing to think about the tax implications of a Roth conversion. However, it is probably worth your brain power because a Roth conversion can be tremendously beneficial in the right circumstances. What is a Roth Account? A Roth account is a type of…

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2020 Reverse Mortgage Lending Limits Increase: More Money for Some Borrowers

The maximum reverse mortgage lending limit is increasing for 2020, allowing retirees with substantial home equity to get more money than was available in previous years. Reverse mortgage lending limits raised to an all time high. A reverse mortgage enables homeowners age 62 and older to access their home equity in the form of a…

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How Much Does Long Term Care Insurance Cost? Is it Worth It?

Insurance can be a fantastic way to protect your assets from big unforeseen costs. Long term care insurance can, in theory, be a cost effective way to cover a long term care need. However, it can also be expensive and not best for everyone. So, let us explore: How much does long term care insurance…

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Don’t Forget RMDs and 7 More Year End Tax Tips for Retirees

Below are key end of year tax strategies to help you keep more money. YEAR END TAX ADVICE #1: Don’t Overlook Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)! This is perhaps the easiest piece of year end tax advice for retirees: Don’t forget to take your RMDs! However, in 2018, Fidelity Investments reported that the majority — 61%…

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Your Year End Retirement Checklist: 15 Tips to Get Ready for a Great 2020 and Beyond

Feeling frazzled by holiday fanfare? Do you also have nagging worries about your retirement plans? One of the best ways to control stress of any kind is to make a list and check it twice. And we have done that for you. Here is a handy yearly retirement checklist — 15 things you should do…

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Retirement Stories: Why Your Home Won’t Be Worth What You Think, Last Minute Gift Ideas and More News

Here is the most recent round up of retirement related stories from around the internet: the latest wild, wacky, profound, exciting or heartwarming news about retirement and aging. In 10 Years Will Your Home Be Worth What It Is Now? A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reported that by 2037, one quarter of…

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Retirement Gifts: Find Thoughtful and Funny Retirement Gift Ideas

There are so many great retirement gift ideas. Browse this list for meaningful, funny and thoughtful retirement gifts. Retirement is a Big Deal… So, Find the Best Retirement Gift Of all the life transitions that merit gifts — graduation, marriage and the birth of a baby — retirement might be the most significant change and…

Family and Money: Tips for Discussing Finances With Your Loved Ones

The holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and the all of the other seasonal celebrations mean family gatherings. While the focus should be on love, catching up, food and celebrating, holidays may be the only time to have face to face time with your children, parents or siblings. And, it may be a…

Podcast: Rob Berger — Retire Before Mom and Dad

Episode 33 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Rob Berger — author of Retire Before Mom and Dad: The Simple Numbers Behind A Lifetime of Financial Freedom — and discusses key aspects of retirement finance, especially fee ratios and financial literacy. Rob Berger is a lawyer by trade and personal finance expert who…

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The Lockbox Strategy and 10 Other Retirement Income Tips from Nobel Laureate, William Sharpe

William Sharpe is a Nobel Prize winning economist and the professor of finance, emeritus, at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. His Nobel was awarded for developing the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM). He is also well known for the Sharpe Ratio, a number designed to summarize the desirability of an overall investment strategy. However,…

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Retirement Stories: The Latest, Wild, Wacky, Profound and Heartwarming News About Retirement and Aging

We are starting a running list of retirement related stories from around the internet: the latest, wild, wacky, profound, exciting or heartwarming news about retirement and aging. Do you have a retirement story you think belongs here? Email us! Aging is… Optional? David Sinclair is a Harvard professor who made Time Magazine’s list of of…

Retired, Abruptly: Here Are the Lessons I Learned

This piece comes from Scott Allen who is now five years into enjoying his retirement and pursuing more active work and service opportunities. My retirement did not go according to plan.“Involuntarily separated from the organization” was the official, legal term for my then, current, employment situation. “Smoked, like a Hormel canned ham” was how my…

Tax, Medicare and Social Security Updates — November 2019

  We just rolled out several significant retirement planner updates and recommend that you review your plan to see how the improved modeling impacts your forecast. Explore potential opportunities before year end. The improvements described below will allow you to explore ways to potentially save money on Federal & State taxes through strategies like Roth…

17 Best TED Talks on Retirement and Aging to Help You Have a Better Future

You want to have a better retirement. But how do you get there? You could spend hours researching the latest science behind happiness, personal finance and investment theory, and health research. Or you can take a few minutes to watch the best TED Talks related to retirement. With their engaging speakers and easy-to-digest format, even…

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What is Your Money Personality Type? How Will It Impact Your Retirement?

Your money personality type can impact your retirement security. However, knowing your money personality type can help you avoid pitfalls and use your strengths to your advantage as you approach retirement. What is a Money Personality Type? How Do You Get It? Your money personality type is comprised of your attitudes and habits around money….

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The Best Places to Retire in the World: Explore Unexpected Locations!

You might be surprised by some of the best places to retire in the world. A growing number of American retirees are moving to extremely far flung locations. They find that retiring overseas can be more affordable and more fun than staying in the U.S. When evaluating life in another country, you’ll want to consider…

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How To Retire Early: 19 Tips from People Who Really Know!

Do you want to know how to retire early? How about how to retire early at 55? How to retire early at 60? What about how to retire early at 45 or earlier? It IS possible. Don’t believe me? Get advice from three guys who really know: 1. Chris Mamula writes for Can I Retire Yet….

Social Security and Medicare: Changes Coming for 2020

To say that Social Security and Medicare are important to the financial well being of seniors would be an understatement. Sixty two percent of eligible beneficiaries rely on Social Security income for more than half of their income. And, almost everyone who is eligible uses Medicare to help fund their healthcare after 65. So, any…

8 Resources for Reliable Retirement Information

Can you retire without consulting a financial advisor or some kind of retirement professional? Of course. The question is, do you have good resources for reliable retirement information? More importantly, can you retire AND have a secure future without talking with a retirement professional? The answer to this question might be a little more complicated….

Podcast: FIRE Reunion — Insights From Year 1 of Early Retirement

Episode 32 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with former guests Karsten Jeske, Chris Mamula, and Fritz Gilbert — F.I.R.E. experts — and discusses insights and epiphanies from the first year after retiring early. This is the first time The NewRetirement Podcast has had a reunion episode, and as such, listeners are advised to…

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What Are the NEW Retirement Rules? 12 Guidelines for Your Financial Security

Americans have changed a lot over the last 100 years – we live longer and have more active lives and our society and financial structures have evolved (and, in some cases perhaps, devolved). However, many of our ideas about retirement and retirement planning come from previous generations. These ideas are ill-suited to today’s realities. So,…

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Social Security Strategies: 15 Easy Tips for Making the Best Decisions

Signing up to start Social Security is simple. However, finding the right Social Security strategy for you can be complicated but VERY worthwhile. Here are 15 tips for making the best Social Security decision: Social Security Strategies For Almost Everyone 1. Delay the Start of Benefits for As Long As Possible This Social Security strategy…

Aging Well: Walk Away from Aging and 7 Other New Health Tips for Seniors

Aging well is key to your quality of life in retirement. Here are 8 new health tips for seniors. We think you will find this health news really useful or interesting. Walk Away from Dementia, Literally Many recent studies have found that exercise — even just simply walking — is the best way to avoid…

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20 Great Retirement Travel Ideas: Make the Most Popular Retirement Pursuit Your Reality

According to surveys of NewRetirement users, travel after retirement is clearly the most popular and desired pursuit for this phase of life.  From day trips by car to round the world journeys, retirees have wanderlust! What are your retirement travel plans? A full 75% of users of NewRetirement’s award winning Retirement Planner mention travel as…

Podcast: Joe Casey — Retirement Wisdom

Episode 31 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Joe Casey — founder of Retirement Wisdom. We discuss shaping your life after retirement, and what reflection needs to be put in to be successful. Listen Now: Don’t miss out on future episodes: subscribe on iTunes subscribe on Stitcher And, join our private Facebook Group…

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Retirement Survival Pack: Don’t Leave Work Without It!

Retirement can be hard. Sure, some people slide right into it with no problem at all.  Others are bored at best and depressed at worst. It is not the financial pressure that is usually the problem. Issues usually come from the fact that work often provides the emotional, mental and social stimuli that you need…

Is Age Discrimination a Threat to Your Retirement Plan?

The growing population of older Americans, and a lower propensity for retiring early, seems to create a bit of a problem for some employers. Although discrimination against older workers is fully against the law under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. Workplace age discrimination affects the best and brightest…

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Medicare Open Enrollment for 2020: 10 Tips for Getting Great Coverage

Tis the season… No, it is not quite time to decide whether you’ll say Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Bah Humbug or none of the above. It does, however, involve shopping! The 2020 Medicare Open Enrollment season is upon us and will last from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. Now is the time to assess your…

When is the Best Time to Get a Reverse Mortgage? Wait or Act Now?

You might be surprised by how many people are interested in learning about reverse mortgages. There are borrowers from every state, from a wide variety of socioeconomic backgrounds and the ages of borrowers range anywhere from 62 to 95 and older and everything in between. One thing everyone struggles with is when is the best…

Do You Really Care About Your Wife? (Social Security Survivor Benefits Suggest Otherwise)

A new study from the Boston College Center for Retirement Research has found that husbands ignore (maybe overlook or under think) their wife’s retirement income needs when making decisions about when to start Social Security benefits. Widows (and widowers) are entitled to switch to Social Security Survivor benefits and receive their spouse’s full benefit amount…

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Ready to Retire? Hurry, the Best Time of Your Life Awaits!

You might be nervous about your future but research suggests that you should run — not walk — toward retirement.  Get ready to retire because the best times of your life await you. Most People Find that Retirement is the Happiest Period of Life Research from Age Wave and Merrill Lynch found that, of all…

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7 Ways You May Be Leaving Money on the Table When You Retire

Are you leaving money on the table when you retire? The answer is likely a resounding YES! (Whether you realize it or not.) You want and need every penny you can muster to fund a secure future. So,, it is important to take advantage of every opportunity to increase your assets and make smart use…

Podcast: Doug Nordman — Military Retirement Benefits

Episode 30 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Doug Nordman — author and founder of The Military Guide — and discusses what life is like being financially independent and how Doug got there by being smart on military retirement benefits. Listen Now: Don’t miss out on future episodes: subscribe on iTunes subscribe on…