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7 Key Mistakes People Make When Retiring Abroad

March 7, 2019

Retirement abroad is enticing to more and more Americans, but many of them make key mistakes that spoil their plans for a foreign retirement haven. The Social Security Administration reports it sends benefits to more than half a million U.S. retirees living overseas. The number increased substantially over the last 10 years. But it significantly […]

The Widely Misunderstood Tax Rules for Home Sales

December 17, 2018

The tax rules for selling a personal residence seem to generate more widespread misunderstanding than most other parts of the tax code. The rules themselves are fairly simple as tax code provisions go. One problem seems to be that many people looking to sell homes don’t realize that the rules were overhauled in 1997. Another […]

Downsizing vs. Aging In Place

September 13, 2018

This article does a good job of explaining the issues and the dilemma faced by many older Americans as they decide where to live the rest of their lives. It uses anecdotes to show how many people’s plans are thwarted by some practical realities. Carrying mortgage debt may offer one explanation as to why many […]

Nursing Homes Could Be Hitting Hard Times

September 4, 2018

A lot of long-term care has shifted to home care and assisted living facilities, taking business away from traditional nursing homes. The nursing homes are starting to feel some financial pain. This article describes how a Massachusetts nursing home is in such serious financial trouble that it stopped paying premiums for employees’ health care, though […]

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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 […]

When To Paydown A Mortgage

July 31, 2018

Retirement Watch readers should already know how to analyze the issue, but this article is a good presentation of the issues and how to decide on the best use of your money. The key question to ask when weighing mortgage paydown is what you’d do with that money instead. Can you earn a higher return […]

A Case For Paying Off Your Mortgage

July 26, 2018

This article makes the case that people spend too much money on their mortgages, especially people who live in high-cost areas. It argues that the best way to save for retirement is to first pay off the mortgage and avoid paying all that interest for 30 years. A 15-year mortgage is much better in the […]

Best Overseas Places To Retire

June 12, 2018

The newsletter International Living is out with its latest annual ranking of the best places outside the U.S. for U.S. citizens to retire. The ranking is compiled based on reports from the publication’s writers and reporters. As with all such rankings, what’s good for one person isn’t necessarily good for you. Examine carefully the reasons […]

July 2022:
Congress Comes for your Retirement Money
A devastating new law has just been enacted, with serious consequences for anyone holding an IRA, pension, or 401(k). Fortunately, there are still steps you can take to sidestep Congress, starting with this ONE SIMPLE MOVE.
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