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A Recession Survival Guide for Retirees

A Recession Survival Guide for Retirees

Economic downturns are inevitable. Here’s how to protect your retirement nest egg Is the U.S. in a recession? The media was filled with speculation after the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) announced that the nation’s economy had contracted in the first...
7 Ways You’re Blowing Your Retirement Savings

7 Ways You’re Blowing Your Retirement Savings

If these actions sound familiar, you may want to make some changes If worrying about running out of money in retirement is keeping you up at night, you aren’t alone. Untold numbers of older adults have that concern, and for good reason. Inflation is soaring, gas...
Should You Delay Retiring in a Down Market?

Should You Delay Retiring in a Down Market?

The answer requires a realistic look at your savings and spending Inflation is soaring and the stock market is falling, putting a wrench in many people’s retirement plans. That’s particularly true of those gearing up to retire this year. Instead of planning their...
What to Do If You Receive a Financial Windfall

What to Do If You Receive a Financial Windfall

How to prepare for those rare occasions when a large sum falls into your lap For most of your life, money comes in at a slow and somewhat steady pace. Maybe you get a paycheck every two weeks or a Social Security payment once a month. Now and then you might get a bump...
Your Inflation Cheat Sheet

Your Inflation Cheat Sheet

Answers to your most pressing questions about the rising cost of living — past, present and future Prices crept up, then surged higher in the first half of this year. In June, the consumer price index rose to become 9.1 percent higher than it had been a year earlier —...
7 Things Singles Nearing Retirement Should Know

7 Things Singles Nearing Retirement Should Know

Your needs are unique if you are divorced, widowed or never married Ah, the single life. You can do as you like. There’s no need to deal with a spouse who has opposing views, a different vision of retirement. A spouse who spends too little or too much, or has...
Will Social Security Retirement Benefits Keep Up with Inflation?

Will Social Security Retirement Benefits Keep Up with Inflation?

Older adults are concerned about the impact of inflation on Social Security retirement benefits. Americans have real concerns about being able to make ends meet with Social Security retirement income, even as many admit they have not done much financial planning for...

5 Tips for Retiring in the Next 12 Months

You’ll be retired by this time next year. Here’s what to do now You’ve scrimped and saved and planned for decades, through good times and bad. Now your goal is to retire in this uncertain environment, perhaps in the next year — even though the last six months have...
What Is the Minimum Salary You Need To Be Happy in Every State?

What Is the Minimum Salary You Need To Be Happy in Every State?

What’s the price of happiness in your state? Can money buy happiness? According to a recent Purdue study published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, income can correlate with emotional well-being and life satisfaction. “Globally, we find that satiation...
7 Reasons You Should Retire Already

7 Reasons You Should Retire Already

Sometimes the writing is on the wall Retirement may seem untenable with inflation soaring and gas prices skyrocketing, but for some older adults, hanging on to their job can cause more harm than good. Sure, you still have money coming in, but at what price to your...
7 Surprisingly Valuable Assets for a Happy Retirement

7 Surprisingly Valuable Assets for a Happy Retirement

A long and happy retirement takes more than just money. Here are seven things happy retirees do – besides dutifully saving the money they’ll need to quit the 9-to-5 grind. Retirement planning is all about numbers. It centers around one question: Do my financial assets...

‘Solo Ager’ Needs Help Handling Her Financial Affairs

With no spouse and no children, she’s looking elsewhere for backup The Problem Elizabeth Spiegler, 68, a retired office manager in New York City, was thinking ahead. She wrote me wondering who could handle her financial affairs if someday she can’t....

Do Your Kids Know Where to Find All Your Money if Tragedy Strikes?

Talking about who will control your assets is tricky; doing it slowly may help My husband and I have never told our adult children, now in their mid-30s, how much money we make, how much we have tucked away and how much we spend in a year. But after talking with more...

Happy Retirees Have These 7 Habits in Common

A long and fulfilling retirement takes more than just money. Here are seven things happy retirees do – besides dutifully saving the money they’ll need to finally quit the 9-to-5 grind. Retirement planning is all about numbers. It centers around one question: Do my...

10 Things No One Tells You About Early Retirement

The reality of quitting work can be far different from the fantasy. Here’s what you need to know Even if you love your job, there are times when you’d rather be alphabetizing the spice shelf than riding a packed train alongside hundreds of sniffling fellow...

The Financial Penalty of Losing Your Spouse

Prepare for the monetary shock of widowhood When you lose your mate, you lose so much—your best friend, your equilibrium, your future together. And just when you’re at your lowest, it hits you: You could lose a lot of money, too. Your finances may crash in myriad ways...