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How Old Are You? Dates to Remember

There are some important milestones to remember as you age especially the ones related to Social Security, Retirement Savings and Medicare. Here are some to keep in mind: Age 50 or over Individuals who are age 50 or over at the end of the calendar year can make annual catch-up contributions to their retirement accounts. …more

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Volunteering during retirement

Recently a friend returned from a Peace Corps volunteering assignment overseas. At first glance she seemed to be the same person I last saw two years ago. But as she described her experiences abroad I realized that she had a much broader perspective about many things especially related to how little some people have, how …more

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Things to consider before retiring overseas

I recently spoke with friends (a couple that plan to retire in a few years) about what they will do once retired. They surprised me when they said that before they retire they would visit several countries in Central America and Asia to check out possible places to retire. They are a very youthful, active …more

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Things you may not know about Long Term Care

A friend of mine suggested that I look into long term care and consider buying a policy now since it will probably be cheaper than if I wait until I retire (which could be any day now). Here are some of the things I found out. Typically Medicare does not pay for Long Term Care …more

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10 Things you may not know about Social Security

Several months ago I posted about collecting Social Security early (at 62) and how long it would take for others starting at full retirement age or at 70 to catch up in payments. Several people have pointed out that while my assumptions may make sense for individuals (especially those who may not be in great …more

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A Smart and Frugal Retirement

Recent articles indicate that many boomers approaching retirement don’t have much in the way of retirement savings. What can you do if you are in this situation? (Even if you are not in this situation you may want to read on about money saving ideas). You can be vigilant about spending. Pay special attention to …more

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How is your Financial Advisor compensated?

I had a conversation with a friend who recently retired and he told me how he has been through several financial advisors over the years. Several of these advisors steered him to invest in areas he was not familiar with but he felt those advisors were the pros. So he followed their advice and the …more

When to collect Social Security, Back of the Envelope Calculations

I am approaching the time when I will have to make the big decision. When to retire and start collecting Social Security. Everywhere I turn I read statements and warnings like the following: If you decide to collect Social Security benefits at sixty two(which is the youngest age you can start collecting), your monthly payments …more

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