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The New Rules of Social Security [Retirement Watch Fact Check]

September 7, 2018

Almost everyone has a Social Security number, and is eligible for Social Security benefits (starting at age 62). Yet, survey after survey indicates people know little about the program and its benefits. Moreover, a lot of what people think they know is wrong. Let’s take a look at some of the key misunderstandings and oversights […]

Making the Best Use of Home Equity in Retirement Income

August 24, 2018

The residence usually is one of the most valuable assets retirees own. It also is one of the worst-managed assets. Few people realize the home can be used to increase retirement cash flow or know how to do so efficiently. In the past issues of Retirement Watch, we’ve gone over reverse mortgages and issues related […]

Are You Saving Too Much for Your Retirement?

July 27, 2018

The media regularly run headlines about how Americans are unprepared for retirement, primarily because they haven’t saved enough. But there’s another view that doesn’t receive as much attention. In this view, many people might be saving too much for retirement. That could be good news for their heirs, but they could be shortchanging themselves. And […]

How to Plan Life Expectancy in Your Retirement Strategy

May 11, 2018

It’s one of the most important issues in anyone’s retirement plans… And most people completely shortchange it, resulting in a wildly inaccurate plan. You see, a goal of every retirement plan is to ensure your income and cash flow last at least the rest of your life. To meet that goal, you need a reasonable […]

The 6 Biggest Risks to your Retirement

What you don’t know about retirement can hurt you. In fact, just a few wrong decisions in your investments, taxes, or estate planning could completely derail your retirement plans. Worse yet, the rules of the game keep changing, making it harder to keep up with. For these reasons, I’ve assembled all the key points – everything you need to know — into one comprehensive report. Click here for free access.

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5 Strategies to Simplify Your Retirement Finances

March 2, 2018

Most people’s finances are too complicated. And what I’ve found – after 20-plus years of publishing Retirement Watch – is that complicated finances lead to procrastination and stress. Too much time is spent simply organizing papers and data to figure out where things stand. By then, people are too exhausted to make decisions or implement […]

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Should You Opt for Social Security Lump Sum Retirement Benefits?

August 25, 2017

Do you know there’s an option to receive up to six months of benefits in a lump sum when initiating Social Security retirement benefits? Not many people do, until they apply for benefits. While a nice option, too many people are surprised by it, and don’t receive the benefit package that’s best for them because […]

Strategies for Spending Your Nest Egg

July 1, 2015

The missing link in many retirement plans is the withdraw-al, distribution, or spending strategy. Accumulating for retirement is the easy part, and many people enter retirement with what seem to be adequate resources. Yet, a high percentage of Americans die owning their home equity and little more. Most rely heavily on Social Security to fund […]

Social Security, Inflation, and Interest Rates

July 1, 2015

Many people benefit from delaying their Social Security retirement benefits until at least full retirement age. Delaying until age 70 can be an even better deal. For years I’ve shown people how to calculate the difference using what I call the quick-and-dirty method. The method involves calculating how many years you need to live after […]

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