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RETIREMENT READS

If you’re anything like me, you may not always have time to read an article or book that catches your interest. Because of that, I thought you might like this week’s article as it provides a re-cap of what the author believes are the “5 Best Retirement Reads of 2015”.

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ONCE THE KIDS ARE AWAY, THE PARENTS WILL PLAY

While many couples find they have more disposable income when they become empty nesters, this week’s article talks about what often happens to that money. “It turns out that when the last of their children leave the nest, parents are spending substantial amounts of money, but not necessarily on preparing

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ACCUMULATE MORE WEALTH

Most of us have read that females, on average, live longer than males. This week’s article takes this information and applies it to retirement planning. Discussing how women “need to accumulate more wealth to finance their retirement needs”, the author points out that recent studies have drawn into question the

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WEALTH ACCUMULATION AND INCOME YOU WON’T OUTLIVE

This week’s article speaks about the emergence of Fixed Indexed Annuities (FIAs) “as a top choice for soon-to-be retirees due to their potential for wealth accumulation.” We have spoken in the past about the option of using FIAs for income that you won’t outlive. This article draws our attention to

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THOSE WHO PLAN

Did you know that “those who plan are estimated to save more than 3x those who don’t”? This week’s article reminds us of this. We’ve always thought that budgeting was important, especially when planning for retirement. You should also remember to take into account that your expenses may increase. Even

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THINKING TOWARD THE FUTURE

As we close out 2015, it seems appropriate to reflect on the past year and plan for the future. A comment in this week’s article caught my attention as it seemed to do both. ”Fixed-index annuities, a type of annuity that benefits from market gains, have become more popular in

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GUIDANCE

Over a year ago I read an article that appeared on the US Treasury Department’s website that stated “In order to help retirees manage their savings and ensure they have a stream of regular income throughout retirement, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance

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GIVING

This week’s article on the topic of Giving reminds us that at this time of year when we think about what gift to give to our loves ones “ it’s worthwhile to take some time and consider whether the family members and friends who are beginning to prepare for retirement

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GUARANTEES OR DREAMS AND HOPES?

Many of us think of our 401K or IRA account as the source of our retirement income. The question is, how much income will it provide? Regardless of the amount of money we have saved, it is difficult to determine the exact amount of income we will obtain from it,

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WILL YOU BE DRAWING DOWN ON ASSETS IN RETIREMENT?

This week’s article was interesting to me because it said that “buying an annuity that generates lifetime income could very well be a good move [for retirees] as a variety of studies show that guaranteed income often makes for a happier retirement. Not surprisingly, people seem to enjoy their post-career

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BACK TO BASICS

Sometimes it is important to go back and review the basics. I thought to refer you to this week’s article because I think it does a good job of highlighting some basic information about annuities. It talks about two categories of annuities, Fixed and Variable. The article states that a

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RETIREMENT INCOME OPTIONS FOR WORKING FAMILIES

I came across a press release issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury a little less than a year ago, and thought to share it with you. J. Mark Iwry, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Retirement and Health Policy was quoted

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DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE?

I wanted to share with you an article that explained the differences between an annuity and life insurance. I liked not only the explanation, which I found simple and straightforward, but also the chart in the article that provided me with information relating to questions that are often asked by

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