Housing in Retirement

There has been an assumption made by many when looking forward to their retirement: they would downsize their home and pocket the savings. After all, most people have a small (if any) amount saved up for retirement. For those who are fortunate enough to own a home, that home is their largest asset. Cashing in at least part of that asset might be the only way for them to have cash above and beyond their Social Security income. 

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"Your Number" is not Set In Stone

Seems like there’s a good amount of talk about “Your Number.” Specifically, the number of dollars you need to have to be able to retire. There have even been a few advertising campaigns built around this concept. What I want to do today is discuss what this number means and the problems with believing any calculation can be set in stone.

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Avoiding Retirement Woes

How to Avoid Retirement Woes

According to the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the top concern of retirees is running out of money. While it’s a known fact that many of us don’t begin to save for retirement when we should, it appears that nearly half of all current retirees are concerned about outliving their retirement funds. However, there are some things you can do now to help mitigate the very real risk of outliving your retirement funds. These include the following:

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Start Saving for Retirement Today

Time certainly goes by fast. One day you’re interviewing for your first job and the next thing you know you’re a few short years from applying for Social Security.

If you’ve planned for your retirement, you’ll likely have a good stash of funds saved.  But the unfortunate news is that according to the Insured Retirement Institute, 42 percent of baby boomers have nothing saved for retirement, and even those that have saved don’t have nearly enough to survive on.

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Retirement without saving possible, for a few people

 

By Gary Silverman, CFP®

Today we are wrapping up a little series about whether you can do fine in retirement even if you are not saving anything. This came up because studies have shown that most Americans aren’t saving enough for retirement and about a third of them aren’t saving anything.

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Retirement Reality: Needs, Expenses, and What’s Guaranteed

By Gary Silverman, CFP®

Last time we looked at some findings from a survey on retirement savings. As you can guess, it didn’t look good. Most Americans aren’t saving enough and about a third of them are saving nothing. But this time instead of piling on and telling y’all to get your act together, I thought I’d look at when saving nothing (or next to nothing) for retirement can work.

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Fixing Social Security: Part One

By Gary Silverman, CFP®

The Social Security system is big. It is the single largest program in the federal government’s budget. Almost one-quarter of all federal dollars spent is done so through the Social Security Administration. It is also the primary provider of income to the majority of our nation’s retired folks.

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