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Handling Retirement Financial Surprises

February 1, 2008

Financial surprises in Retirement can blow a hole in your plans. Particularly for early retirees, surprises are very damaging to well-laid plans. The scenario occurs with frequency. A couple diligently worked up a detailed plan that covered all the expenses of their desired lifestyle. They ventured into retirement secure in the belief that they were […]

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Basic Steps to Limit Vulnerability to ID Theft

January 1, 2008

There have been changes in our knowledge of ID theft. We know more about the crime than in the past, and there are some new trends. One trend is that the growth rate of the crime is slowing. A few years ago it was by far the fastest-growing crime, with new cases increasing by at […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Surprising Tax Havens

October 1, 2007

State tax laws discriminate based on age, and that can be a good thing for some taxpayers. Even notoriously high tax states can be tax havens for retirees. In fact, Florida and other retiree magnets might not be the tax havens they are promoted as when the full tax picture is considered. Florida has no […]

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Easy Ways to Save Money

September 1, 2007

My 1990 Honda Accord still is cruising toward 200,000 miles. I enjoy the tones of respect it gets from mechanics on those rare occasions when it needs work done. Even more, I like the cost savings. Owning a car for a long time not only avoids interest and principal payments but also holds down insurance […]

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The Safe Withdrawal Rate Revisited

August 1, 2007

The greatest retirement planning fear of most people is the possibility of outliving their money. One way to avoid that fate is to save a lot and invest well during the accumulation years. Those steps are widely discussed. Less attention is devoted to the second part of the retirement plan, the withdrawal phase. Gone are […]

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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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