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How Will Social Security Respond to Higher Inflation?

August 2, 2021

Inflation is on the rise, and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell recently testified to Congress regarding the Federal Reserve’s commitment to controlling inflation. He admitted that inflation is “well above target” but didn’t indicate any major changes in Fed policy in the near future.[1] Retirees may need to be concerned about inflation, which can eat away at savings…

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Financial Lessons from Alexander Hamilton

July 30, 2021

Alexander Hamilton was the first Secretary of the Treasury: He created the first national bank, consolidated the new country’s war debts, and established federal credit. You could say he was America’s first Chief Financial Officer. He was also a self-taught immigrant who started with no wealth but ended up on the $10 bill. Hamilton never reached retirement, but…

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Where Could Your Retirement Income Come From?

July 26, 2021

You’re used to receiving a paycheck, and perhaps you’ve been used to it steadily increasing over the course of your career. You may have experienced what’s known as “lifestyle inflation” and may not plan to downgrade in retirement. Whatever the case, it’s important to know where your retirement income will come from. It could come from several different…

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Post-COVID Decluttering

July 23, 2021

If your nest isn’t as full as it once was, or you find you’ve accumulated a few too many things during COVID, consider decluttering. Having less clutter in your living space and better organization can help make a world of difference. If you’ve accumulated more possessions than you need over the last year and a half, consider these…

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The Most Important Ages for Your Retirement Accounts

July 19, 2021

If you have a 401(k), IRA, or other retirement accounts, it’s important to keep a few things top of mind: Know how much you’re contributing, how your investments are performing, and how much you’re paying in fees. You should also note important milestone ages and their recent changes. Here are the most important ages for your retirement accounts,…

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Words of Wisdom from George Washington on Retirement

July 16, 2021

Aim to retire to something, not just from something. Retirement is the beginning of a new stage of life that can be active and fulfilling if we do it right. We can learn a lot about how to do this from George Washington and his farewell address: I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat in which I promise…

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Retirement Has Changed – Have Your Plans?

July 12, 2021

People are retiring differently today than in the past – just think, will you retire exactly like your parents did? Probably not. Retirement is no longer about the end of a career; it’s about the beginning of a new, often quite active phase of life that could last decades. And while this is something to celebrate, it also…

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Practical Tips for Starting Your Retirement Off on the Right Foot

July 9, 2021

Retirement planning can be stressful because there are a lot of things to keep track of. One of the steps that often gets overlooked is announcing to your employer that you are going to retire. This may require writing a letter to explain your plans while also choosing a date for your last day of work. It is…

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Be Part of the 4% When it Comes to Social Security

July 6, 2021

According to a recent study, only 4% of retirees claim Social Security benefits at the optimal time, losing out on an average of $111,000 per household.[1] There are many things to consider when choosing how to claim your benefit, and there’s no one-size-fits-all formula for maximizing it. Consider your unique situation and read these tips on how to…

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3 Important Lessons from The Beverly Hillbillies

July 2, 2021

Although you may not have ever struck oil, you’ve already won the retirement lottery by working hard to save and benefiting from market growth and home appreciation. Now the question is how you’ll make your small fortune last the rest of your life. We can learn three important lessons from The Beverly Hillbillies as to how to handle…

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