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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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


The Changing Picture of State Taxes

September 1, 2005

State and local taxes are a higher portion of retirees’ expenses than in the past. These taxes are a more important factor in people’s decisions of where to live in retirement. Yet, many people are making decisions with the wrong information. If state and local taxes are important to you, do not rely on information […]


Are You Putting Enough Money Away?

August 1, 2005

The biggest planning mistake most people make is not realizing how much retirement will cost and how much money they will need. Fortunately, those who remember a few principles and use today’s low-cost technology can substantially reduce the margin of error. Surveys of future retirees abound. An interesting recent survey from Merrill Lynch found that […]


A Few Ways to Save Money

October 1, 2004

There are two ways to save money. One way is to cut nickels and dimes off each purchase. The other way, which we’ll look at in this visit, is to save a lot of money on a few big dollar expenses. Let’s see how you might be able to save big dollars on a few […]


How Much to Save and Invest for Retirement

August 1, 2004

Americans are confident they will have comfortable retirements. Seventy percent of Americans age 25 and older told the Retirement Confidence Survey for 2004 they are confident of achieving a comfortable retirement. Yet only 58% were actively saving for retirement, and only 42% ever tried to calculate the amount of money they will need in retirement. […]


The Rising Cost of Retirement

June 1, 2004

The standard retirement planning advice is to plan on spending 65% to 85% of your pre-retirement income each year of retirement. Unfortunately, that is a fallacy. Following that advice could diminish your retirement. Proof is in the latest Retirement Replacement Ratio Study, sponsored by Aon, a financial services company, and conducted by professors at Georgia […]

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