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DEFINED BENEFIT OR DEFINED CONTRIBUTION

This week’s article, found in an issue of the Harvard Business Review, was of interest to me because it described very simply the difference between and shift from Defined Benefit retirement plans to Defined Contribution plans and it discussed that “more dangerous yet is the shift in focus away from

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SUCCULENT SAVINGS

After what I hope was a hearty Thanksgiving day meal, I thought you would enjoy this article which suggests that you “consider throwing a new recipe onto your menu. Ingredients like contributions to an employer sponsored 401(k) program or to fixed indexed annuities can create a deliciously balanced portfolio that

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ALWAYS LEARNING

I read an article this week that was directed toward teachers who were revisiting their retirement plan “for when they are no longer lesson planning.” One section of the article in particular caught my eye because it addressed in a very simple way two topics that we always discuss with

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HARD TO UNDERSTAND YOUR EMPLOYER PLANS?

Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, it is difficult to understand if changes in our employer pension plans are actually advantageous to us. That’s why I thought you might want to read this week’s article taken from the Harvard Business Review. It explains a few concepts that might help

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STRUGGLING TO SAVE

“Why do you think Americans struggle to save for retirement?” This was one of the questions posed to an retirement expert in this week’s article. His response was “If I told you that people spend more time planning their yearly family vacation than they do planning their nearly 20 years

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RETIREMENT IQ

This week’s article takes a close look at “new research that shows a startlingly low retirement IQ” Staying informed and being educated are important and so I thought to share with you three tips to saving for retirement that are mentioned in the article: begin saving early, factor your savings

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RETIREMENT PITFALLS

This week’s article tells us that “When it comes to retirement planning, one of the most important things you can do is to make sure you’re creating a portfolio that will provide you with lifetime income.” That may seem like a daunting task when interest rates are so low, but

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HEALTH CARE: CAN ANNUITIES HELP COVER THE COSTS?

This week’s article tells us that a new study confirms that “America’s senior citizens have their backs to the wall financially.” “With the threat of financial ruin so prevalent, seniors need to take concrete measures to protect their financial health. That’s not a luxury-it’s a necessity.” We agree, which is

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BABY BOOMERS AND LOW RETIREMENT IQ

This week’s article tells us ” While many Americans believe they’re retirement savvy, the average baby boomer has trouble answering even simple retirement questions. New survey data shows folks between 52 and 70 years of age have a significant gap in retirement knowledge, resulting in little action toward securing their

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EDUCATION AND RETIREMENT INCOME

This week’s article tells us that “While some recent studies have identified a decrease in the return to education as the labor market changes, education has a proven impact on lifetime income.” Lifetime income has such an extraordinary impact on our lives, whether it be as young adults or as

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MAKING BETTER DECISIONS

Weekly we try to provide you with information that may help you in your retirement planning. Sometimes that information is obtained from studies conducted through the use of a survey. You may ask how important surveys really are. This week’s article, out of Princeton Research Associates, tells us that “Knowing

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IDENTIFY SHORTFALLS IN YOUR RETIREMENT INCOME STREAMS

This week’s article reminds us to ask the question “Now that you have created a retirement expense budget and have created a retirement income stream, how do they match up? Do you have enough retirement income to cover your monthly expenses with inflation? If so, are you comfortable with a

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DO YOU DRIVE IN THE FAST LANE OR THE SLOW LANE?

“On your way home from work, do you drive in the slow lane or the fast lane? Each person has a different propensity for risk. When investing, this risk propensity can be used to determine the percentage of your portfolio that is exposed to equities.” This week’s article provides a

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RETIREMENT INCOME OPTIONS FOR WORKING FAMILIES

Did you know that by the year 2020 there will be more than 1 billion people over the age of 60 years old worldwide? That’s what I read in this week’s article which also said that “more older people around is not a bad thing”. However, one of the difficulties

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RETIREMENT PITFALLS

Sometimes it is a good idea to review your retirement planning strategy and ask yourself if you are taking action that is sufficient to avoid some common pitfalls. This week’s article reminds us of six: waiting too long to save, not taking advantage of “Free Money”, underestimating medical expenses, lack

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OVERCOME FEARS AND TAKE ACTION

We have often spoken about how surveys “find Americans are most afraid of their money running out before their life runs out.” But this week’s article states that “they’re equally afraid that while they are alive, they won’t have the funds to enjoy their life and cover basic necessities.” Despite

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DEBT IN RETIREMENT

We’ve spoken in the past about having adequate income during retirement, and have from time to time provided tools for estimating future financial needs. That’s why I found interesting this week’s article which concerns the role that debt can play in those calculations. The article references a nonprofit think tank

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DIFFERENT RETIREMENT PRODUCTS

“Life is unpredictable.” This comment caught my eye in an article I read concerning “different retirement products and savings strategies that seem to be everywhere we look these days.” The article stated that there’s one retirement product that is making headlines and that is Fixed Indexed Annuities. “Did you know

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DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that “Americans are not taking the necessary steps to put saving for the future over current expenses. In fact, a quarter of Baby Boomers – the age group closest to retirement – have less than $5,000 saved for retirement and nearly one in five Americans have no

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FEARS

This week’s article caught my attention by the manner in which it addressed an issue we talk about frequently. The article’s opening paragraph was “Imagine fearing life more than death. That’s a reality many Americans face as nearly 50 percent of Americans are afraid of outliving their income or their

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DEBUNKING MYTHS

Often times people find themselves in the middle of conversations where the speaker is telling them things that relate to their retirement planning, or other financial matters and what is being said is scary, but difficult to know if it is actually true or not. Because of this, we thought

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