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Weekly articles about how to live a secure, fulfilling retirement.

Be specific with retirement plans

At the risk of sounding obvious, you have a much greater chance of accomplishing a goal if you know exactly what it is you want to do.  Someone committed to going to Harvard has a much greater chance of ending up there than does someone who just wants to go to...

Seven ways to disaster-proof your life

Have you ever wondered what you would do if you suddenly became the victim of a natural disaster, terrorist attack, fire or other unexpected event?  Would you know what to grab if you had only seconds to escape your house?  The plans you’ve made in advance and the...

Be ready for all phases of retirement

For many, the phrase "retirement planning" has become limited to the planning done in the years leading up to retirement. When you consider that your retirement could last for 20 to 30 years, however, it’s easy to see that your planning won’t end once you transition...

The arithmetic of loss

“Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment.”  I’m not sure who said that, but it sure is true.  When considering investment lessons learned from the financial train wreck of last few years, many people at or near retirement are likely...

When do you plan on retiring?

Chances are you’ve been asked that question before.  Maybe by your spouse or a co-worker.  Maybe by your kids.  When someone asks you that question, is the answer you give a date or a dollar amount?  For most people it’s a date.  Something like “March of next year.”...

Three crucial questions

At almost every stage in life, you need to answer three crucial questions.  How you answer them will influence the arc of your life for decades to come.  What are they? 1) Where do I want to live? 2) What do I want to do? 3) Who do I want to do it with? Think back...

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