Retirement Articles

  1. 4 Reasons Why Americans Retire in Mexico

    Learn why Mexico's low cost of living, inexpensive health care, natural beauty and culture make it such a popular retirement ...
  2. The Cities Where the Ultra-Rich Retire in Florida

    Understand why the Florida communities of Miami Beach, Palm Beach and Key West serve as magnets for the ultra-rich retirees ...
  3. Is Delaying Social Security Until 70 a Good Idea?

    Soon to be retirees are often told it's best to wait until age 70 to collect Social Security. Here's why this is not always ...
  4. The Better Way to Save: Life Insurance or IRA?

    Sure, you can tap your permanent life insurance policy to help fund your retirement. But in most cases, an IRA is the better ...
  5. Pick 401(k) Assets Like A Pro

    Professionals choose the options available to you in your plan, making your decisions easier.
  6. Retired & Rich? The 5 Most Luxe Timeshares

    Timeshares have gone seriously upscale. No longer mid-range vacation places, here are some very deluxe locations for retirees.
  7. Your Heirloom Jewelry: How Much Is It Worth?

    You grandma's diamonds are now yours. Whether you plan to keep them or not, you first need an honest appraisal. Here's how ...
  8. 4 Reasons Why Americans Retire in the Dominican Republic

    Understand why many Americans are deciding to retire internationally. Learn about the top four reasons why Americans are ...
  9. 5 Reasons Why Americans Retire in Malaysia

    Understand why Americans are deciding to retire internationally. Learn about the top five reasons why Americans are retiring ...
  10. The 5 Best Retirement Communities in Sarasota, Florida

    Discover five of the most popular retirement communities in the Sarasota/Bradenton area of Florida, and why retirees are ...
  11. The 5 Most Relaxing Timeshare Locations for Retirees

    If your reason to own a timeshare in retirement is to have a retreat where you can truly relax, you need a location where ...
  12. How Much Can You Contribute to Your 401(k)?

    Given the fairly high compensation limits on these retirement plans, most workers can pitch in more than they currently do. ...
  13. You Would Be Crazy to Retire in These 3 States

    Learn the common criteria for choosing a retirement destination, and understand why you would be crazy to retire in Oregon, ...
  14. When Taking Social Security Early Can Make Sense

    Sometimes it makes financial sense to take Social Security early. Here's a look at when this might be a good idea.
  15. Dodging the Dangers of Self-Directed IRAs

    Self-directed IRAs are an attractive option for investors looking to build nest eggs. But they should exercise caution in ...
  16. Life Insurance & Annuities: Sound Investments?

    There are certain scenarios in which investing in insurance is a savvy move. But expect a big chunk of your money to go toward ...
  17. Top Strategies for Tax-Free Roth IRA Conversions

    Finding a way to convert a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA is a tricky process. Here's when it makes sense to do so.
  18. How to Help Clients Navigate Open Enrollment

    With companies trying to pass on more costs to employees, making the right choices during open enrollment is more important ...
  19. Social Security and Divorce: A Guide

    Retirement for divorced individuals can be more complex. Here's how to navigate Social Security benefits.
  20. Could Robo-Advisors Overtake 401(k) Providers?

    Despite the lower cost and tech efficiency, it will most likely take robo-advisors several years to make a real impact in ...
  21. The 5 Best Retirement Communities in Charleston, South Carolina

    Learn about five of the most desirable retirement communities for seniors that are located in and around Charleston, South ...
  22. What Does It Cost to Retire in the Philippines?

    Find out why the Philippines rates as one of the cheapest retirement spots in the world and why many choose to spend their ...
  23. Corporate Bonds or Stocks: Which is Better Now?

    With market volatility high, you may think it is time to run for corporate bonds instead of stocks. Before you do take a ...
  24. How Retirees Should Prepare for a Rate Hike (VBMFX, VFSUX)

    Janet Yellen has indicated that there will likely be a rate hike later this year. Here's how retirees should prepare.
  25. 4 Investment Mistakes That Will Cost You

    Whether you're just starting out or have been investing for years, mistakes happen. But some of them will cost you big and ...
  26. How to Lower Investment Account Fees in Retirement

    Retired investors need all the money they have, which is why they should keep an eye on investment fees, as high fees can ...
  27. 4 Ways Retirees Can Save on Insurance

    Retirement doesn't mean the end of the road, nor does it mean paying full price for insurance. Carriers reward age and less ...
  28. Retirement Tips for Millennials from Gen Xers

    Gen Xers' financial situation has been very different from previous generations'. Now they'd like to pass on some hard-earned ...
  29. Planning 401(k) Investments In a New Job

    Your 401(k) is one of the most important financial tools that you have. Setting it up the right way is key to a successful ...
  30. 4 Reasons Why Americans Retire in Ecuador

    Understand why Latin America is a popular retirement destination for Americans. Learn about the top four reasons why Americans ...
  31. 6 Reasons Why Americans Retire in Panama

    Understand why more and more Americans are retiring to Latin America. Learn why Panama is a popular retirement destination ...
  32. Retirement Looming? Here are 6 Essential Tips

    Planning on retiring in the next decade or so? Here is a checklist for both advisors and those planning on their own.
  33. How Fixed Index Annuities Yield Retirement Income

    For investors worried about outliving their income in retirement, fixed indexed annuities can help fill the gap. Here's how.
  34. 10 Ways to Retrofit Your House for a Senior

    A checklist of renovations a residence may need as you get older – or if you have an elderly person living with you.
  35. Most Senior-Friendly Cruise Destinations

    When it comes to choosing a cruise for the post-retirement set, not all destinations are created equal. Here's a handful ...
  36. Retrofitting v. Moving: What's Better for Seniors?

    Should you spend money to make your home senior-friendly or to buy a new place? Personal needs and project size determine ...
  37. 4 Reasons Why Americans Retire in Colombia

    Learn about the top four reasons why Americans are retiring to Colombia.
  38. The Pros and Cons of Hybrid Annuities

    An in-depth look on the pros and cons of hybrid annuities.
  39. 7 Reasons Why Americans Retire in Thailand

    Understand why many Americans are deciding to retire in developing countries such as Thailand. Learn about the top reasons ...
  40. How to Help Clients Plan a Phased Retirement

    The notion of phased retirement is gaining traction. Here's how advisors can help clients plan accordingly.
  41. Robo-Advisors Now Entering the 401(k) Market

    A look at Betterment's plans to offer an all-ETF online 401(k) plan.
  42. A Guide To Rollover A 401(k) To A New Employer

    Here's exactly what you need to know.
  43. How Much It Takes to Max Out Your IRA

    IRAs have certain tax advantages that allow your nest egg to grow at a faster rate. But there are annual limits on how much ...
  44. 7 Reasons To Own Life Insurance in an Irrevocable Trust

    An Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust helps minimize estate and gift taxes, provides creditor protection and protects government ...
  45. 10 Things You Need to Know About Social Security

    Every saver should know these ten things about Social Security retirement benefits.
  46. Are Cash Balance Pensions the Best for Small Biz?

    Are cash balance pensions the right solution for your small business clients? Here's why they may or may not work for your ...
  47. How Oil and Gas Can Fuel Your Retirement Account

    Investors who choose oil and gas assets inside a tax-deferred retirement account can reap substantial rewards. Here's how ...
  48. I Maxed Out My IRA! Now What?

    You've contributed your annual maximum to your IRA. Well done! But you need to save much more than that if you're going to ...
  49. How To Protect Your Retirement from Lawsuits

    Getting sued is one of those things that no one really plans on. Be proactive and make sure your hard-earned retirement is ...
  50. 6 Ways Retirees Can Capitalize on Higher Rates

    A interest rate increase still looks to be on the horizon, so retirees should begin rethinking the way they currently invest.
  51. The Backdoor Way to Qualify for a Roth IRA

    Meet with your tax advisor to find out what a backdoor Roth IRA is. Basically, it's a tax loophole that could help you prepare ...
  52. How to Advise Clients with Frozen Pensions

    Financial advisors are on the front line in advising clients impacted by a frozen pension. Here's what they need to consider. ...
  53. These 10 States Have the Priciest Long Term Care

    There’s a huge need that people often ignore when planning for their golden years: long-term care. Here's where not to enroll.
  54. Finding The Best Tools To Manage Your Retirement Money

    Useful starting points for assembling your own retirement money-management toolkit.
  55. How to Set Up a Trust Fund in Canada

    You don't have to be rich to make use of a trust fund. Rules can be complex; here's what you'll need to discuss with your ...
  56. Don't Miss Out on a 401(k) Match

    If your employer matches your 401(k) contributions, fund your plan up to the maximum they'll match. Unless, of course, you ...
  57. Retirement Planning Using Long-Dated Options

    Retirement planning using high-risk options? It is possible, and studies confirm better yields than conventional methods. ...
  58. Top 10 States for Affordable Long-Term Care

    Every state varies on the average cost of long-term adult care. Here's a list of states where these types of services are ...
  59. Beat Retirement Planning Anxiety with These Tips

    It’s never too early to start thinking about saving for a secure retirement. The key is to start early and not leave things ...
  60. How to Piece Together a 401(k) Plan

    In the world of 401(k) investment lineups, more is not always better. Here's an overview of things you may want to include ...
  61. How to Prepare Your 401(k) for Rising Rates

    If headlines of the Fed raising rates have you worried, here are some ideas to help you think about your retirement-investing ...
  62. Should You Delay Your Retirement?

    There are advantages to not retiring at age 66. And more money is not the only reason.
  63. What Will My Social Security Check Look Like?

    It's important to know what your Social Security check will look like in retirement. Here's how you can figure it out.
  64. Retirement Planning: Don't Forget Social Security

    You may miss out on a more robust retirement income if you invest too conservatively in retirement.
  65. How to Use Annuities for Retirement Income

    We explain how to use annuities for guaranteed income in retirement.
  66. 7 Ways to Reduce Healthcare Costs in Retirement

    When it comes to retirement, one of the big, unknown costs can be healthcare. Finding ways to reduce those costs is a necessity ...
  67. How to Help Clients Overcome Retirement Shortfalls

    Telling a client they don't have enough for retirement is tough. Here's how advisors can help clients overcome retirement ...
  68. How Are Variable Annuities Taxed?

    Before investing in a variable annuity, discuss your personal financial picture with a knowledgeable financial advisor.
  69. Yes, You Can Buy a Home with a Reverse Mortgage

    A special type of FHA-insured reverse mortgage called the HECM for Purchase lets seniors use a reverse mortgage to buy a ...
  70. How to Avoid Outliving Your Reverse Mortgage

    Running out of proceeds sooner than you expected to is one of the major risks of taking out a reverse mortgage.
  71. How to Choose a Reverse Mortgage Payment Plan

    Lump sum? Tenure? Term? Line of credit? Here’s a look at how each payment plan works, along with the pros and cons.
  72. Eyeing a 401(k) Loan? There Are Better Options

    A 401(k) loan may sound good but it's not worth the risk. Here are other options that allow you to leave your retirement ...
  73. How to Handle Client Beneficiary Designations

    Beneficiary designations are a critical financial planning step that can be easily overlooked. Here's how to ensure they ...
  74. Which 401(k) Plan is Right for You?

    An overview of the different types of 401(k) plans and how to choose the right one.
  75. Longevity Annuity Tax Rules: What You Need to Know

    A look inside the intricacies of the IRS' recently finalized longevity annuity tax rules.
  76. The Pitfalls of PLUS College Loans

    Here's how parents can avoid the pitfalls of PLUS Loans when it comes to funding their children's college education.
  77. How Divorce Affects Social Security Benefits

    As an ex-spouse you may be able to claim benefits based on your ex-spouse’s earnings record. Here are the details.
  78. Top Tips to Reduce Required Minimum Distributions

    A look at the best strategies to reduce required minimum distributions from qualified retirement accounts.
  79. Getting a College Student to Love ... Investing?

    College students have a big advantage over many other investors: time. Here's how to get them interested in investing.
  80. 401(k) Loans: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Borrowing from your 401(k) is ready cash from the best possible lender: you. Here's the upside and downside to using the ...
  81. Tip for Estate Planning on the Cheap

    Estate planning is an expensive but necessary process for everyone with assets they’d like to eventually distribute. Here's ...
  82. Tapping Your Retirement Accounts: How to Start

    Deciding which retirement account to tap first can be confusing as it may impact how long your savings last. Here's some ...
  83. Retirement Tips: Choose the Best Annuity Provider

    It pays to get the best advice if you are thinking of putting your money into one of these complicated investments.
  84. Variable Annuities with Guaranteed Benefit Options

    Guaranteed benefit riders protect variable annuities against a market downturn, but they also make an already expensive product ...
  85. How Retirees Should Think About Market Corrections

    Stock market corrections can be scary for retirees living off their investment income. Panic isn't an option. Retirees can ...
  86. The Top 5 Fixed Annuities for the Risk Averse

    These five fixed annuities are best suited for risk averse and/or retired investors.
  87. Estate Planning Goes Digital: How to Get Started

    Digital estate planning is an important part of the estate planning process given today's tech-centric world. Here's how ...
  88. Retirement Plan Laggards: How to Help Them

    It can be stressful managing clients who started saving for retirement later in life. Luckily there are a few strategies ...
  89. How the Self-Employed Can Prepare for Retirement

    The self-employed aren't saving enough for retirement. Here's what they can do to change that.
  90. Your Social Security Benefits: Who Gets Taxed?

    Many folks will pay some taxes on their Social Security benefits, but some will not. Here's the lowdown on who gets taxed ...
  91. How Client Behavior Impacts Retirement Planning

    While many clients know they should save for retirement, they don't. Here's how advisors can help modify their bad financial ...
  92. How to Choose the Best IRA Custodian

    Finding the right custodian for your IRA means determining the sort of IRA you want. Then you can zero in on the ideal institution ...
  93. Maxing Out Your 401(k) vs. an IRA or Roth IRA

    What is the best way to save for retirement? Max out your 401(k)? Add an IRA? And what about the Roth? Your questions, answered.
  94. How to Manage Lower Social Security Adjustments

    Here's how financial advisors can help clients cope with low or no cost-of-living Social Security increases.
  95. How to Help Clients Avoid Estate Planning Pitfalls

    Advisors play a vital role when it comes to estate planning. Here are some tips to help clients prepare properly and avoid ...
  96. How to Break the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle

    Living paycheck-to-paycheck — which many high-income earners do — leaves little wiggle room for any unexpected expenses.
  97. The 401(k) Emergency Boomers Need to Address Now

    The asset allocations of Baby Boomers’ 401(k)s are dangerously out of balance. Here's how to remedy that.
  98. Why Goals-Based Investing Might Be Right for You

    With a goals-based investing approach, you can direct your investment philosophy to reach your goals. Here's how.
  99. Ready to Retire? Better to Avoid These States

    Expenses matter in retirement. If you're living in a state with high taxes and/or a high cost of living, you could be fighting ...
  100. Estate Planning Questions to Ask Clients Annually

    Financial advisors need to ask these estate planning questions annually to keep clients on track.
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