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Bob Carlson shares miscellaneous advice on retirement and related topics

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Making Financial Management Easier

December 1, 2011

I’ve long been an advocate of concentrating your investments and financial matters at one or two mutual fund companies or at a discount broker. Consolidation makes it easier to know what’s in your portfolio and be sure your allocation is what you intend. Consolidation reduces procrastination, because you won’t be deterred by the time needed […]

Nearly Half “Early Boomers” Not Ready to Retire

January 21, 2011

All year I see studies and surveys estimating the percentage of people who don’t have enough money to retire, or at least retire the way they want. Lately, the focus has been to estimate the number who were pushed from the safe category to the at risk category by the financial crisis and decline in […]

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How Safe Are Your Assets?

November 1, 2008

Is your money safe? It is amazing how quickly investors went from not worrying about risk to having that be the first question on their minds. As the financial crisis spreads, people are worried about the safety of their money and how to make their assets more secure. Here’s an overview of the rules for […]

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How Improved Websites Boost Your Benefits

October 1, 2008

Government benefits are complicated. It often is difficult to understand the rules well enough to maximize benefits from Social Security and Medicare. The government agencies know this and in response recently added features to their web sites to make it less painful to learn your benefit options. I have reviewed these features and believe they […]

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Pay Off Debt or Continue Owing in Retirement?

October 1, 2008

Paying off the mortgage used to be part of the American dream and a prerequisite to retirement. Times have changed. These days many people enter retirement with mortgages and other debt, and some do not hesitate to increase debt during retirement. What is the best approach? Should you try to pay off the mortgage as […]

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Should You Take that Early Retirement Offer?

May 1, 2008

With the economy slowing more people have to face one of work life’s more difficult issues:  Should the early retirement offer be accepted? Evaluating the value and merits of a buyout offer can be difficult, because the offer contains many parts. Here is a summary of key points to consider when a buyout offer is […]

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The 80%-2% Retirement Savings Solution

July 1, 2007

The best financial move a person can make is to start saving and investing early. That also is the hardest lesson to teach young people. Retirement is a distant, abstract concept, and young people tend to be present-oriented. Young people also are daunted by the amount of money they should accumulate by the time they […]

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Are You Saving Too Much for Retirement?

June 1, 2007

People are saving more for retirement than is generally believed, but are they saving enough? Or are they saving too much? Two recent studies found that most people are on course to have enough saved for retirement. One study surveyed those born between 1931 and 1941 and found that at least 80% accumulated adequate funds […]

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