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The end of the year is a good time to reflect on 2020, how your financial situation may have changed, and your goals for next year. You can look at how your investments are doing, review your portfolio, and think about how close you are to retirement or the state of your finances in retirement. This can be…Read More
You can get away with handing out cards drawn with colorful crayons as your go-to gift when you’re young, but when you get older your shopping list grows. As we age, we have more and more relatives and friends that we exchange gifts with, which means more money and more time spent shopping. So, when your loved ones…Read More
An average 65-year-old couple retiring today will need an estimated $285,000 to cover their healthcare costs. This doesn’t even include long-term care costs, which can run as high as $253 per day on average for a private room in a nursing home or $119 per day on average for care in an assisted living facility one-bedroom unit. Today’s…Read More
Hygge (pronounced “hoo-ga”) isn’t a new brand of almond milk or a type of yoga; it’s a Danish lifestyle practice aimed at coziness, contentment, and well-being. If moving to a warmer climate isn’t part of your desired retirement lifestyle, or you’ll be making a trip up north, there are ways to love and enjoy winter. Even in a place…Read More
Here come the holidays and everything that goes with them – traveling, cooking, buying gifts, and of course, spending time with the people we love. It’s a busy time of year when finances can take a back seat, but don’t wait to review your tax situation. Here are four things you can do by the end of the…Read More
It’s graduation season, and along with all the wonderful things a college degree comes with are also student loan debts. If you’re attending high school or college graduations, no one may be talking about it, but the graduates and their parents likely have the high cost of college on their minds. You might be writing a check or…Read More
Imagine you’ve saved your target amount for retirement and are on track to receive your optimal Social Security benefit. Many think these are the only things to take care of, but retirement planning consists of much more. It’s also crucial to consider how much risk you’re taking and how much risk your money can manage. No one can…Read More
Fall is harvest time. Pumpkins, squash, and apples fill grocery stores, and if you have a garden, your own produce might be ready to pick. Of course, not everyone has a garden – gardening can be too time-consuming for people who work full-time or travel frequently. But, one of the great things about retirement is having more free time…Read More
You’re probably looking forward to Thanksgiving, even if it looks a bit different this year or you’re not a big fan of turkey. Whatever your Thanksgiving is like this year, it’s a good time to think about how you express gratitude. Some people donate their time or money to a charitable organization, especially around the holidays. In 2019,…Read More
It’s almost Thanksgiving, and if you’re hosting this year, you know that preparation and organization are key to a successful feast. First, you need to know how many mouths there will be to feed, then figure out what kind of meal you’re going to serve them and how you’ll make it. On top of all that, you need…Read More
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