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Bob Carlson shares miscellaneous advice on retirement and related topics

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7 Family Wealth Mistakes That Derail Successful Retirements

October 5, 2018

Many people retire with adequate income and resources to have successful retirements. Somewhere along the way, their retirement plans go off track. In the latest online seminar in my Retirement Watch Spotlight Series, I’m going to identify actions that are most likely to turn a successful retirement plan into a struggling one. From research and […]

How Much Have Americans Saved for Retirement?

August 28, 2018

This article discusses a recent analysis that shows how much people in various income groups have in savings. The results aren’t too surprising, though I would have guessed that the median savings of the top 1% was much higher. The average savings in retirement, money market deposit, checking and savings and certificate of deposit accounts […]

5 Mistakes and Myths That Can Spoil a Successful Retirement

August 27, 2018

Key issues about retirement finances are misunderstood by many Americans who are retired or within 10 years of retiring, reducing the probability of having a successful retirement. The misinformation and confusion covers the spectrum of retirement finance topics, according to a survey conducted for Nationwide Financial Services. Mistake #1: About 72% of respondents worried that […]

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 […]

Saving Underfunded Retirement

July 5, 2018

Morningstar conducted a study of the best ways for someone who hasn’t saved enough for retirement to ensure a comfortable retirement. It found that taking a number of relatively small actions are the best approach, because there’s no one big action that’s has a high probability of success. The worst action to take is to […]

How Much Should You Be Saving for Retirement?

June 6, 2018

Young people should be saving a lot more than their parents and grandparents. There are a lot of reasons for this, including lower expected investment returns. This article argues that the pattern of contributions make over their lifetimes mean they should be contributing at least 20% of their earnings most of their careers. So during […]

Should You Be Debt-Free in Retirement?

June 4, 2018

Should you try to be debt-free in retirement? For a long time it was taken for granted that people wanted to be debt-free in retirement. People even held mortgage-burning parties and paid cash for everything purchased in retirement. Now, more people see no reason to avoid debt simply because they’re retired. There are financial advisors […]

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 […]


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