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Should You Prepare to Retire on 80% of Your Income?

Should You Prepare to Retire on 80% of Your Income? Examining a long-held retirement assumption. A classic retirement preparation rule states that you should retire on 80% of the income you earned in your last year of work. Is this old axiom still valid, or does it need reconsidering? Some new research suggests that retirees...
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Why Don’t All Affluent People Become Wealthy?

Why Don’t All Affluent People Become Wealthy? Perception, hesitation, & poor decisions are factors. Why do some people let their potential for lifetime wealth slip away? Some people are better off economically at 30 or 40 than they are at 50 or 60. In some cases, fate deals them a bad hand. In other cases,...
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The Behavior Gap and Your Financial Health

The Behavior Gap and Your Financial Health How might it affect you? “It turns out my job was not to find great investments but to help create great investors,” writes Carl Richards, author of “The Behavior Gap.” From increasing our budget mindfulness to taking a steadier approach to investing, Richards has drawn attention to how...
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Couples Retiring on the Same Page

Couples Retiring on the Same Page Agreeing about what you want from retirement is crucial. What does a good retirement look like to you? Does it resemble the retirement that your spouse or partner has in mind? It is at least roughly similar? The Social Security Administration currently projects an average retirement of 18 years...
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The Retirement Reality Check

The Retirement Reality Check  Little things to keep in mind for life after work. Decades ago, there was a book entitled What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School. Perhaps someday, another book will appear to discuss certain aspects of the retirement experience that go unrecognized – the “fine print”, if you will. Here...
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Are You Retiring Within the Next 5 Years?

Are You Retiring Within the Next 5 Years? What to focus on as the transition approaches You can prepare for the transition years in advance. In doing so, you may be better equipped to manage anything unexpected that may come your way. How much monthly income will you need? Unfortunately, there is no “magic” number...
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Cash Alternatives for Charitable Giving

Cash Alternatives for Charitable Giving Thinking about donating? Think of these choices. As the tax season is heating up, you may be thinking of giving. In fact, you may want to explore the different ways in which you can donate to a charity or non-profit organization, apart from just making a cash gift. Consider some...
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Retirement Preparation Mistakes

Retirement Preparation Mistakes Why are they made again and again? Much is out there about the classic financial mistakes that plague start-ups, family businesses, corporations, and charities. Aside from these big blunders, some classic financial missteps plague many retirees. Calling them “mistakes” may be a bit harsh, as not all of them represent errors in...
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Outlook for 2022

Outlook for 2022 It’s a new year, full of new possibilities for what may lie ahead.  By any measure, 2021 was a strong year for investors. But what’s in store for 2022? From my perspective, I expect that many of the same forces that influenced markets last year will play a role again in the...
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When Bad News Is Good News

When Bad News Is Good News A surprising reaction to tapered bond purchases? Financial markets can be challenging to understand. But when markets enter a “bad news is good news” cycle, it becomes even more difficult to follow along. At its November meeting, the Fed outlined its plan to taper monthly bond purchases, which will...
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