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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 […]

6 Problems that Can Crush Your Retirement Plan Goals

February 9, 2018

It’s the story I hate to hear from my readers… People who planned well for retirement but saw their hard work and planning fall apart during retirement. These stories are all too common. Yet the causes of most of these retirement failures are well-known. Avoid these 6 problems and recurring mishaps, and your retirement is […]


7-Step Checklist: How to Shelter Your Financial Security from Natural Disasters

December 15, 2017

The recent string of high-profile natural disasters caught many people by surprise — and created major gaps in their financial security. It can happen to any of us… It doesn’t have to be an historic hurricane, flood, or wildfire. You could be at risk from a broken water pipe, a tree falling on your home, or some other event. Bottom line: You […]


Setting Up Your Financial Protection Plan

October 1, 2005

Hurricane Katrina has a lot of people thinking about their insurance for homes, autos, belongings, and personal liability. Most people have a lot of their insurance wrong. They have coverage gaps or are paying too much. Don’t wait until you need the coverage to discover there is a problem. Review your insurance every year or […]


Your Personal Backup Plan

October 1, 2005

A natural disaster destroys more than property. It also destroys financial records and other important documents. Many evacuees from Katrina say that they cannot even prove who they are, because they lost driver’s licenses, passports, birth certificates, and other identification in the hurricane and its aftermath. The traditional advice is to preserve important documents in […]


New Rules for Donating Used Cars

August 1, 2005

Plans need to be revised by taxpayers who intended to reap big tax breaks by donating used cars, boats, or planes to charity. Congress rewrote the law in 2004, and the IRS recently issued rules explaining the new law. Under the old law, a taxpayer could donate a used car to charity and deduct the […]


How to Ensure Your Pension Is Safe

July 1, 2005

The recent termination of the United Airlines pension plan put pension safety on the front burner. The news quickly was followed in Congress by hearings and reports on the underfunding of both corporate pension plans and the government guarantee agency, the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation. Most large companies offer some kind of a guaranteed pension […]


How to Make Health Care Directives Work

June 1, 2005

Most advanced health care directives are not followed by doctors and loved ones. Studies consistently show that is the case, for a host of reasons. In last month’s visit we discussed why you need more than a living will in your estate plan to cover health care decisions. This month, let’s look at the steps […]

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