Rethinking the Economics of Retirement

If you ask anyone about money for retirement, you’ll probably get guestimates all across the board for how much you need. Some financial experts use a rule of thumb, like 70 percent of your working income or even as much as 100 percent of your working income. But this can

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Ever Expanding Goals

Many times I’ve spoken about my ever-expanding goals and how checking one item off a list can present one or more additions to the list. For example when I realized I had visited 5 continents over my years of travel, I was motivated to make it a goal to visit

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10 Triggers to Revamp Your Life

In 2013 the Gallup Poll found that “70 percent of Americans hate their stupid job.” Even if you are among the 30 percent, beware, things out of your control can put you in the 70 percent in a New York minute! You need a playbook so you aren’t caught flat-footed.

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Money Aside, 9 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Retiring

Some people approach retirement with eager anticipation. But in recent years, there are those who would describe their feelings with trepidation. Naturally there is the money issue. But often in spite of being assured by their financial advisor that they will be fine, clients experience some anxiety about what lies

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What Happens if You Live to 100?

A few years ago, I competed in a US Senior Games competition in Birmingham, AL. I’m a competitive swimmer and after my events were over, I walked around to check out what else was going on. I saw an older man wearing four medals, three gold and one silver. I

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Not Your Parents’ Retirement

About twenty years ago, I started to think about my retirement. It wasn’t time, of course. But I’m a planner, so it wasn’t too soon in my estimation. I started by thinking about my parents, and my wife’s parents. They retired at the traditional age. They had pensions and social

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Let’s Retire Retirement!

My wife Sandy & I were walking down the concourse of Johannesburg International Airport on our way to meet our National Geographic photo safari group. This was our first safari and our first trip to Africa. We were excited but also a little apprehensive. All we knew was that we

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Planning for the Life You Want

As we often say, how can you get what you want if you don’t have a plan? You need to be the primary focus of this plan. It is about what you want! And the sooner the planning starts, the better. It doesn’t have to wait until people are retired.

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