Submitted by Josh Patrick on Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:00pm
You might be thinking about retiring, but how do you know when you are really ready for it, mentally and financially?
For decades, the normal retirement age was 65. This was when you became eligible for Social Security and Medicare. Things are different today. Baby boomers get full Social Security at 66, for instance, and younger generations will have to wait longer.
Answer these five questions to find out how, when and if you should retire:
Submitted by Dan Crimmins on Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:00pm
Our first article touched on two guides from the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for novice financial caregivers. Here we look at the second pair of guides in the series “Managing Someone Else’s Money” if a friend or family member asks you to help with major money matters.
Submitted by Josh Patrick on Fri, 06/27/2014 - 12:00pm
When helping people get ready for retirement, I find the same issues come up over and over. Thinking ahead can spell the difference between a successful retirement with enough money and a stressful one with difficult decisions that you don’t want to make.
1. Understand Social Security. The goal with Social Security is not to get the most you can from the government in your lifetime. It is to optimize the amount you receive per month when you finally retire.
Submitted by Larry Frank Sr. on Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:00pm
How long do you think you will live? How long does your money need to last? If you’re like most people, you get this age wrong.
The consequence? Faulty retirement planning, overspending now and running out of money before you actually reach your true longevity. Or spending too little now, depriving yourself of a comfortable retirement before your death.
Submitted by Jim Blankenship on Wed, 05/07/2014 - 3:00pm
President Barack Obama’s recent new budget documentation briefly mentions a desire to curtail file and suspend as an option for Social Security benefit filers. The administration views this option as one way for high-income folks to take advantage of the government. Right or wrong, this spells danger for one of your potentially valuable benefits.
Submitted by Michael Kitces on Wed, 04/30/2014 - 9:00am
A life expectancy of 30 years in retirement is a commonplace assumption these days. Funding a non-working life of three decades is a real challenge, however, and may lead to a lot of retirees scrimping needlessly – because they won’t live that long. The life expectancy for individuals is well under 30 years and while at least one member of a married couple may live that long, the odds that both do is actually quite small.
Submitted by Jason Lina on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:00pm
As you examine financial risks to your retirement, there is a right away and a wrong way to look at Social Security. The wrong way: I need to get the money as soon as I can because I paid into the system and deserve it. The right way: I need to get the most over the long haul. Here’s how to receive the maximum from Social Security.