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Annuity Options

For retirees concerned about outliving their retirement income, one option to consider is to use a portion of assets to purchase an annuity. Annuities offer many different options, from starting income payouts right away with an immediate annuity to delaying them until a later date with a deferred annuity. An annuity is a long-term contract…

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Assessing Risk in Retirement Income

When it comes to investing, there’s no such thing as a “safe bet.” Every type of financial vehicle has some level of risk, even checking and savings accounts. Back in the 1920s, people believed that the safest place to keep their money was a bank, and they were right. But as they witnessed during the…

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Distribution Strategies

It can take years to build up a retirement nest egg. However, without a prudent distribution strategy in place, funds can drain pretty quickly. About half of larger employers that sponsor a 401(k) plan offer a systematic withdrawal option to help retirees establish an automatic stream of income. If that’s not an option with your plan,…

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Lessons of Youth

Remember your first apartment? As young adults, many of us may have used milk crates as bookshelves, turned wood pallets into a coffee table and picked up odds and ends at yard sales. Walls were bare — and often cupboards — but living with less offered more freedom with fewer possessions to clean, fix and…

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What Is Evidence-Based Investing?

The evidence-based approach originated in the medical field to promote the use of clinical experience and the best available research to make decisions about individual patient care. In the investing world, this translates to a goal of using current evidence to help maximize an individual’s investment returns while minimizing risk from market downturns. In more simplistic…

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Savings and Investment Updates

The American College of Financial Services recently posted some surprising results from its Retirement Income Literacy Quiz. Nearly three-quarters of respondents ages 60 to 75 failed the test with a score of 60 percent or less. The quiz included topics such as which expenses are covered by Medicare and long-term care insurance and what age…

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What’s the Plan for Your Retirement Income?

Today, only about one-third of America’s retirees have a pension plan, which is quite different from the reliability of employer-sponsored retirement income of the past. In fact, pensions used to represent one-third of the three-legged stool that represented a confident retirement, in combination with Social Security benefits and personal savings and investments. Employees who don’t have…

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Maintaining Independence in Retirement

Independence is something we have to work for throughout our lifetimes, whether we want to or not. As babies, we push our way up from four limbs to two and start walking our way into messes. As toddlers, we profess “No!” and “Mine!” to make our point. In the teenage years, we rebel against parents…

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How to Help Make Retirement Income Last

Building up a retirement nest egg is one thing, but making it last throughout your lifetime is quite another. With a larger share of the financial responsibility for retirement shifting from employers to employees, it’s more important than ever to explore all income strategies to help determine what is most appropriate for your situation. One…

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Things to Do Before You Retire

Some people set a particular age when they want to retire. It might be more helpful to look at your financial schedule to establish a retirement date. Just because you want to retire on a certain birthday doesn’t mean you’ll be quite financially ready to do so. After all, there’s more to retirement planning than…

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