The Freedom of Mortgage-Free Living in Retirement

When you retire, you deserve to enjoy years of relaxation and stress-free time doing the things that make you happy with people you love. One of the best ways to make sure this happens is by paying off your mortgage before you enter your retirement years. In this article, we’ll show you the freedom that mortgage-free living in retirement can offer, and we’ll also tell you how to get there. 

Living the Mortgage-Free Life

First off, should you even retire without paying off your mortgage? Columnist Michelle Singletary notes that mortgage payments are the biggest expense that retirees face, and getting rid of this bill means that other important payments can take its place.

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What are the Fees in My 401(k)?

If you’re saving for retirement, chances are that you are putting money away into an employer-sponsored 401(k) plan. According to a recent study by the Investment Company Institute, Americans put away over $5.8 trillion in assets in 2019. By comparison, that number was only $3.1 trillion in 2010. 

While 401(k) and 403b accounts are by far the most widely utilized saving plans, you may not be aware of the various costs and fees that come with them. In fact, if you’re like 37% of savers, you may not realize that you pay anything at all.

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How to Create Your Retirement Transition Plan

Every working adult will eventually want to retire, but not everyone does the proper amount of planning for that event to actually happen. Without savings and a plan in place, this happy time might actually be more stressful than necessary. If you are a few years from retirement now, it’s time to really consider what the shift into this stage of life will mean for you. 

It is completely normal to feel concerned or scared. After all, this is uncharted territory, and the unknowns are many. How will your finances change? What will the social, mental and physical differences be in your life from this point onward? 

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Should I Retire In The Middle of a Pandemic?

Planning for retirement can be both exhilarating and scary at the same time. Living a worry-free retirement requires a combination of a robust investment portfolio, liquid assets, potential annuities and social security income. 

At the beginning of 2020, no one could have imagined the sudden economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Market volatility has naturally made many people consider postponing retirement plans because of sudden drops in the stock market that have increased investment uncertainty in retirement accounts. 

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The SECURE Act: How It Affects Your Estate Plan

President Trump signed into law the ‘Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement’ Act (SECURE Act) on December 20, 2019. It became effective on January 1, 2020. The SECURE Act is considered a part of the government’s spending bill and will affect retirement savers inevitably. 

The legislation puts into place several provisions that are designed to strengthen retirement security across the country. It also includes several common-sense reforms that are considered long overdue. These reforms are designed to make retirement more accessible and easier for many Americans.

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Does Taking a Lump Sum From My Pension Make Sense?

If you’re trying to save for retirement, it helps to have an employer-sponsored plan so that you’ll have access to funds once you stop working. Although 401(k) programs are the most common option available today, some companies still offer pensions. 

A pension plan is ideal for retirees because it guarantees payments for the individual for life. Also, some programs will continue to pay out to spouses, which means that these plans can offer financial stability for years. 

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How Much Should I Plan to Spend on Health Insurance in Retirement?

When discussing retirement planning, it’s crucial to prepare for the most significant expenses you’ll be facing. While you can control some of these, one cost that will only get higher is healthcare. Unfortunately, as you get older, your body will require more maintenance and upkeep, which can lead to more hospital visits, medications, and other treatments.  

To ensure that you’re ready for rising healthcare costs, we want to outline the best way to plan for them during retirement. Whether you’re going to retire in a few years or a few decades, it’s never too soon (or too late) to prepare. Here’s what you need to know. 

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How Much Should I Spend in Retirement?

No matter how old you are right now, you should already be saving for retirement. Whether you’re contributing to a 401(k), IRA or other long-term investment (or all three), you have to make sure that you’ll have enough money to stop working and have enough money to last the rest of your life. 

However, how will you know when you’ve reached a reasonable amount? How can you be sure that your nest egg will sustain your lifestyle during your golden years? Saving is a two-pronged approach: first, you need to put away enough while you’re employed. 

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How Much Should I Be Saving for Retirement?

When it comes to retirement, one of the most valuable questions you can ask yourself is, “how much is enough?” Unfortunately, it can be challenging to determine the right amount because there are many variables to consider. 

In this article, we’re going to discuss the finer points of saving for retirement so that when it arrives, you can feel secure in the size of your nest egg. Ideally, you shouldn’t have to limit your lifestyle or cut down on expenses during your golden years. So, the more planning and preparation you can do now, the better off you’ll be later on. 

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How to Cut Your Expenses in Retirement

The average person needs between 70 and 80 percent of their income each year when they retire. If you have that already saved, you're probably in good shape. 

However, there's always more you can do to help you stretch your retirement funds without sacrificing your quality of life. It just takes planning and know-how.

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How to Prepare for Retirement in the Age of COVID-19

Since the novel coronavirus began spreading across the globe, it has impacted everything about our daily lives. However, while some of the effects were immediate, such as quarantines and lockdowns, one of the less obvious was how it would impact retirement planning. 

In this article, we want to look at the various ways that COVID-19 has disrupted retirement plans. To help understand these effects better, we’re going to look at the three stages of planning - early, pre-retirement, and retirement. We’ll also pay attention to the various legal changes that were inside the relief bill passed in March. 

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Retiring Early and Paying for Health Insurance

As a financial advisor, I meet with individuals and couples who hope to retire early all the time - I mean, who doesn’t. Once I sit down with them for some basic number-crunching, we work together to create a long-term financial plan that will guide many of their decisions. 

This can include how much to invest, when and where to invest, and ways to increase cash flow and returns while keeping long-term costs and taxes to a minimum. 

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What’s the Difference Between a 403(b) and an IRA?

No matter how old you are, it’s never too early to start planning for retirement. While you should start saving as soon as possible, one of the best ways to build a substantial nest egg is to work somewhere that offers employer contributions, like a 401(k). However, for those working in nonprofit organizations, a 401(k) plan is not usually an option. 

Fortunately, many of these entities may offer what’s called a 403(b) retirement account. In this article, we’ll discuss the finer points of a 403(b), as well as compare it to an alternative, the individual retirement account (IRA). Here are the details you need to know. 

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Do I Need a Budget in Retirement?

For many individuals, the primary concern is to save as much money as they can before retirement. After all, the bigger your nest egg, the less likely you’ll run out. 

However, even if your retirement accounts are bursting at the seams, budgeting is still a necessity. In many cases, without a budget, you could wind up having to dust off the old resume because your funds are starting to run low. 

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Tips for Withdrawing Money From an IRA

When talking about retirement planning, most of the focus is on how and where you’ll be saving money. While that should be your primary concern, you also need to figure out what comes after - withdrawing money to fund your retirement. 

In this article, we’ll talk about the different rules regarding traditional and Roth IRA withdrawals. Depending on your situation and your needs in retirement, you can maximize your earnings while minimizing your tax burden. Here are the tips that you need to know. 

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Traditional 403(b) or Roth IRA?

When most people think of retirement accounts, a 401(k) comes to mind. However, for employees of nonprofits or public entities, a 403(b) is typically the only option. 

Because this account is handled differently than a 401(k), it’s crucial to understand the ins and outs. In this article, we want to dive into these plans, including the difference between a traditional 403(b) and a Roth IRA. 

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7 Goals to Accomplish When You Retire

Although you will have various milestones in your life - buying a house, having children, getting married - one of the most substantial is your retirement. Assuming that you don’t want to have to work until you’re 80, you need to plan for this major step. 

Unfortunately, too many Americans are unprepared, which means that they will wind up scrambling to figure out what to do when they retire. If you’re getting close to that age or you’re just wondering where to begin, let this article be your guide. 

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5 Easy Money Hacks When You're Retired

There is a common misconception that being retired means you’ll no longer need or want to bring in any additional income. This is far from the truth for many people that have found ways to generate additional income after reaching retirement. 

There are several tips and methods you can start using to stretch your money out more, and even continue making more. With all of the free time you’ll have in retirement, you might as well put some of it to good use.

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13 Cool Passive Income Apps if You're Retired

Retirement doesn’t quite mean what it used to. For many of us, the picture of retirement looked like kicking your feet up, traveling, and perhaps taking time to get into some new hobbies. You worked hard your entire life, and now it’s time to take some much needed time off from work. 

Today, that isn’t exactly the case. As the average life expectancy for Americans keeps rising, more people are working well into their 70s. Even then, retirement doesn’t look like it used to in that more and more retirees are continuing to work part-time, citing that the extra income is a nice boost and adds to their peace of mind. 

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What is a Solo 401(k)?

Investing for your retirement is important, but it’s something that many people don’t plan ahead for. Many of us are left scrambling for what feels like years or decades later trying to scrape together a retirement account or 401(k). 

One question that we get fairly often in regards to retirement is: What options are available to me if I am self-employed?

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