Does Your Financial Strategy Take Into Account Unforeseen Retirement Challenges?

October 28, 2014

Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” However, when it comes to planning for retirement, it may not be a bad idea to develop a strategy that takes into consideration unexpected challenges that could arise. An unanticipated scenario in retirement might include a major medical issue, debilitating illness, or…

Assume You’ll Live a Long, Long Time

October 23, 2014

The Social Security Commission estimates that one in four people will live past the age of 90, and one in 10 might live past age 95. If these numbers appear more ambitious than the ones you usually hear, such as the average life expectancy of a 65-year-old male is 82, that’s because no one is…

DIY: When It Works and When It Doesn’t

October 21, 2014

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Census Bureau, do-it-yourself (DIY) work accounts for 37 percent of all home remodeling projects in the U.S. Unfortunately, the flip side is that about 30 percent of work performed by the professional remodeling industry represents fixing DIY attempts. We are often tempted to…

Tax Guidelines to Help Maximize Monthly Retirement Income Distributions

October 15, 2014

For years, financial professionals have encouraged people to save money for their retirement income through tax-deferred vehicles such as an IRA or company-sponsored 401(k) plan. In fact, many employers provide an additional incentive by offering to match a certain percentage of each worker’s deferred income. The premise behind tax-deferred accounts is that you do not…

What Jobs Mean to Us — and the U.S.

October 14, 2014

Who looks for a job in August? Who’s around to interview candidates anyway? August is a popular month for end-of-summer vacations before the school year starts. This trend showed up in the latest jobs report, which revealed a slump of only 142,000 jobs added after six straight months of payroll gains exceeding 200,000. [CLICK HERE…

Issues To Consider For Today’s Newest Retirees

October 9, 2014

According to recent research conducted by Harris Interactive, among the most recent group of retirees:* • 38 percent say they wish they had waited to begin drawing Social Security • More than 25 percent delayed retirement because of health care expenses • 32 percent say health problems keep them from living the retirement they expected…

Sporting Confidence through Ups and Downs

October 7, 2014

Some of the world’s top sports figures have recently experienced ups and downs in their careers. Take Rafael Nadal for instance, one of the top men’s professional tennis players in the world. Two years ago, Nadal was forced to sit out for seven months due to a knee injury. Then he fought his way back…

The Growing Role of Nursing in Health Care

October 2, 2014

When you visit a doctor for a regular checkup or common illness, do you find you spend more time with a nurse than the physician? Nurse training has become more extensive in recent years, with newly titled nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants (PA) shouldering a larger share of the health care workload. Part of…

Transitioning to Retirement

September 30, 2014

Change is never easy, at least for most people. And the people who do adjust to change well are often serial planners, knowing how to prepare well in advance. But when it comes to retirement, even when you know decades ahead of time that it’s going to eventually happen, you may still have trouble adjusting…

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