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Cash Strategies in Retirement

Retirement Watch editor Bob Carlson discusses the importance of managing your cash well

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How to Take Advantage of the 0% Tax Rate

February 1, 2008

We are finally here. It is 2008, the year the tax rate drops to 0% for some taxpayers on some types of income. We covered this tax break a couple of times over the last few years. In this visit we review who can take advantage of the 0% tax rate and the different strategies […]

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Handling Retirement Financial Surprises

February 1, 2008

Financial surprises in retirement can blow a hole in your plans. Particularly for early retirees, surprises are very damaging to well-laid plans. The scenario occurs with frequency. A couple diligently worked up a detailed plan that covered all the expenses of their desired lifestyle. They ventured into retirement secure in the belief that they were […]

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Basic Steps to Limit Vulnerability to ID Theft

January 1, 2008

There have been changes in our knowledge of ID theft. We know more about the crime than in the past, and there are some new trends. One trend is that the growth rate of the crime is slowing. A few years ago it was by far the fastest-growing crime, with new cases increasing by at […]

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The New Retirement Income Funds

January 1, 2008

The big financial services companies are heatedly competing for the assets of retiring Baby Boomers. In decades past these companies competed for the easy business of servicing those who need to accumulate capital for retirement. The firms emphasized convenience, cost, and growth potential. Things are more complicated as the Boomers begin to enter the draw […]

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How to Preserve Retirement Capital

December 1, 2007

The greatest fear about retirement is running out of money. There are three risks that could cause one to run out of money. Investments could earn less than estimated; the retiree might live much longer than anticipated; and spending could be greater than estimated, because of either inflation or higher consumption. In last month’s visit, […]

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How to Vary Spending During Retirement

November 1, 2007

The traditional retirement plan projects that spending will rise steadily each year in line with inflation. That model does not work well for today’s retirees. When retirement lasts 20 or 30 years or longer, a more realistic model of spending and scheduled withdrawals is needed. A retiree wants to avoid a spending and withdrawal schedule […]

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Surprising Tax Havens

October 1, 2007

State tax laws discriminate based on age, and that can be a good thing for some taxpayers. Even notoriously high tax states can be tax havens for retirees. In fact, Florida and other retiree magnets might not be the tax havens they are promoted as when the full tax picture is considered. Florida has no […]

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Easy Ways to Save Money

September 1, 2007

My 1990 Honda Accord still is cruising toward 200,000 miles. I enjoy the tones of respect it gets from mechanics on those rare occasions when it needs work done. Even more, I like the cost savings. Owning a car for a long time not only avoids interest and principal payments but also holds down insurance […]

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