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Three Wildcards for Boomer Retirement

The first wave of the post-war baby boom generation reached age 65 last year, and finally started coming to grips with retirement realities. These are the same realities that anybody contemplating retirement in the foreseeable future must face. Unfortunately the news is not particularly cheery. At best, modern retirement will be challenging. At worst, for …

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A Guide to Retirement Health Care – How Will YOU Get It?

Health care is the single biggest obstacle to retirement for many Americans. My ongoing Reader Survey indicates that health care is also the most common concern for readers of this blog — trumping even running out of money, Social Security, the stock market, inflation, and taxes! Stories of individuals trapped in jobs because of their, …

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Understanding the Two Sides of the Retirement Equation

It’s enough to make even a number-happy engineer dizzy: savings, expenses, interest rates, investment returns, inflation rates, tax rates, safe withdrawal rates…. I pity the prospective retiree who doesn’t like math! What are we talking about? The retirement equation: the essential relationships, now and in the future, between all the variables that determine how long …

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How to Retire Early

Here are some of the core principles that can help you become financially successful, and retire sooner too. This list comes from the article How I Retired Early, written shortly after I retired, explaining how I became financially independent. That original article is pretty long, so here are just the action items…. I found that …

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How Can You Be Certain About the Retirement Decision?

You’ve worked a long career — several decades, possibly more. You’ve saved diligently, paid off the house, put the kids through college. Your investments have recovered from the latest downturn, and the world seems relatively sane again, for now. You’ve amassed more assets than you dreamed possible when you were younger, and yet you hesitate. …

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Your Retirement Roadmap

This blog is a useful format for a range of topics related to saving, investing, and retiring. But I’ve also been asked for a more structured approach to retirement. So, after a lot of writing and organizing — and quite a bit of living, in order to learn the lessons described — I’m pleased to …

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How Much Will it Cost You to Live in Retirement?

Without a deep understanding of what it costs you to live, any discussion of retirement savings or income is pointless. Despite the oft-repeated advice that you will spend some standard percent (perhaps 60% on the low end to 100% or more on the high end) of your pre-retirement income in retirement, what it costs you …

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Most Financial Plans are Dubious Attempts to Predict the Future

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” —General Dwight D. Eisenhower Many flavors of financial, investment, or retirement planning boil down to attempts to predict the future based on the past. Smart people and resourceful organizations develop clever models which give them confidence to market themselves …

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What Do We Mean by “Retirement”?

The idea of retirement is an invention of the last 75 years. Before then, people had no expectation of “retirement” in the modern sense. It’s worth analyzing this concept a little closer, before we arrive there, to make sure it’s a place we want to go. What is the purpose and meaning of “retirement” to …

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Can You Count on Social Security?

It’s trendy in some circles to discount Social Security completely. But when you look at the facts for those nearing retirement now, that just isn’t realistic. Social Security will be a key part of retirement for most of us. Social Security is in genuine trouble: According to a recent Social Security Statement of mine, “the …

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