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Don’t let death of a spouse derail retirement

The odds are extremely good that my wife will outlive me.  Whatever the reason—genetics, a healthier diet, the fact that she uses our treadmill as something other than a clothes rack—there will likely come a day when she bids me adieu.  Most people know that women have a longer life expectancy than men, living about […]

10 essential documents for retirement

Quick Summary:  Key documents everyone needs to successfully navigate retirement. When planning for retirement, most people focus on saving, and rightly so.  Having enough money to fund your retirement dreams is a key element to any plan.  Often overlooked, however, is the importance of obtaining and organizing important documents.  Here are ten essential documents you […]

Essential financial tips for empty nesters

If your kids are grown and moving on to the next stage of their lives, it’s time for you to begin thinking about the next stage of yours.  For many, the empty nest years fall in that decade or so just before retirement.  Because of that, it’s an ideal time to make adjustments to your […]

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Designing a retro retirement

It seems like everything old is new again.  Starting with the redesigned Volkswagen Beetle in 1998, there has been a flood of retro styled products that are aimed at helping the baby-boomer generation recapture a piece of their youth.  To wit, The Rolling Stones 2005 concert tour was the highest-grossing tour of all time, retro […]

Should you buy long-term care insurance?

For many people in retirement, their greatest fear is ending up in a nursing home.  Being able to live independently or, barring that, getting into a quality facility of his or her choice is an important end goal.  Unfortunately, this type of care does not come cheap. According to the 2011 Genworth Cost of Care […]