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Retirement Savings Benchmarks - Even The Pro's Don't Agree

Retirement Savings Benchmarks - Even The Pro's Don't Agree

The magic question about saving for retirement revolves around how much you will really need to save to have your money last for at least 25 years (assuming you retire at age 65). Of course, creating a comprehensive financial plan will help to answer this question with the most detail and reliability, but many people also look for a quick guide to at least get the conversation started. Every day you can find any number of articles about saving for retirement (even though 99% of them are just regurgitated versions of what has been written a thousand times before) that...

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Create An Income Plan, Not A Savings Goal

Create An Income Plan, Not A Savings Goal

A simplified approach to retirement planning revolves around projecting your expenses, and then multiplying that amount by 20-25 years to come up with a savings goal. The first part is fine, and well advised, but the second part is lacking. Even if you could figure out the optimal amount (isn't predicting the future always the trickiest part?), is running out of money in your 90th year your true objective? Of course you want to be able to pay your bills without worrying, but how will you feel watching your balance get closer and closer to $0 every year, and not...

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Prioritizing The Order Of Funds Used In Retirement

Prioritizing The Order Of Funds Used In Retirement

With all of the available advice about saving for retirement, one topic that doesn't get the attention it deserves is just how to prioritize using the different sources of funds that you have worked so hard to accumulate. After decades of saving, careful thought needs to be applied in determining just how to maximize the effectiveness of those funds (towards paying expenses), how to preserve them for as long as possible, and how to minimize the "loss" to taxes. Most people will have a combination of cash/taxable accounts (this includes income from Social Security, pensions or other sources), tax-deferred 401k/IRA...

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Cash In Retirement

Cash In Retirement

As you create a financial plan, major concerns about how much to save, how much you will be able to withdraw from savings each year, how long will your savings last, etc. often take center stage. One facet that doesn't get as much attention is how much money should be kept in cash. Before you retire, a common rule of thumb is to always have at least six months expenses in cash. This is mainly to help protect you if you should lose your job, or incur significant unexpected expenses. But is this enough after you retire?The good news -...

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Be Careful Choosing When To Claim Your Social Security Benefit

Be Careful Choosing When To Claim Your Social Security Benefit

Whether you are working on a financial plan, or actually getting close to retiring, one of the biggest decisions you will have to make is when to start claiming Social Security benefits. There are more considerations than you may be aware of, especially if you are married, and choosing the best strategy will require some careful thought. In some cases, it may even be advantageous to use some of your retirement savings (if needed) rather than claiming too soon in order to receive the the largest benefit possible. The following is meant to highlight some of the Social Security rules...

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