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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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How Do You Define Success?

How Do You Define Success?

Thought I would share something different than the usual retirement planning insights. We all strive to accomplish so many different goals in our lives, but how will you define being successful? The following article from UpJourney.com explores how 35 successful people define their own personal success, and it may provide some inspiration for you: https://upjourney.com/what-is-success-answers-from-successful-people In the interest of full disclosure, you may recognize the 26th person on the list as the founder of The Complete Retirement Planner, but the other 34 shouldn't be missed! Enjoy!

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Inflation Does Not Affect All Expenses Equally

Inflation Does Not Affect All Expenses Equally

One component that all financial planning tools (even calculators) have in common is that they use an inflation rate as a factor. Some allow you to enter a rate, some assume a rate for you. But how much of a difference does that rate really make in the grand scheme of things? The short answer - it makes a tremendous difference.Financial advisers often suggest using an inflation rate of 3%. I've seen calculators that assume a rate of 4%. The historical rate, over the past 20 years, is approximately 2.16%. So what rate should you use, and how much difference...

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The Impact Of A Higher Inflation Rate For Health Care Costs

The Impact Of A Higher Inflation Rate For Health Care Costs

While you're still working, your employer generally helps cover at least part of your health care insurance/costs (hopefully!). But the moment that you stop working, you'll be responsible for the entire cost. If you retire before age 65, you will pay full market rates in your area for all health insurance and related costs. The total cost of this coverage could be a far greater than you expect, and you would be wise to research those costs as you create a reliable retirement plan, and before making the decision of when to retire.   Once you are age 65, you...

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It's A New Year - Plan Your Own Path

It's A New Year - Plan Your Own Path

The beginning of every year seems to be a popular time for reporters to write about retirement planning, and all the steps you should be taking to get yourself into a better financial position. The problem is that all the advice they are offering is exactly the same generic advice they were offering last year. And the year before, and all the years before that. While it may be true that the basic principles of financial planning do not change in any significant way from one year to the next (aside from tax laws and retirement account contribution limits), telling...

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