• You’ll be retired by this time next year. Here’s what to do now You’ve scrimped and saved and planned for decades, through good times and bad. Now your goal is to retire in this uncertain environment, perhaps in the next year — even though the last six months have been, well, nerve-racking, economically speaking. In July, the Labor Department reported the Consumer Price Index jumped [...]

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    What Is the Minimum Salary You Need To Be Happy in Every State?

    What's the price of happiness in your state? Can money buy happiness? According to a recent Purdue study published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, income can correlate with emotional well-being and life satisfaction. “Globally, we find that satiation occurs at $95,000 for life evaluation and $60,000 to $75,000 for emotional well-being,” said the study’s authors in the journal.[...]

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    7 Reasons You Should Retire Already

    Sometimes the writing is on the wall Retirement may seem untenable with inflation soaring and gas prices skyrocketing, but for some older adults, hanging on to their job can cause more harm than good. Sure, you still have money coming in, but at what price to your mental or physical health? “In this economy, people are starting to worry that they don’t have a plan,” says Riley Rindo, [...]

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    7 Surprisingly Valuable Assets for a Happy Retirement

    A long and happy retirement takes more than just money. Here are seven things happy retirees do – besides dutifully saving the money they’ll need to quit the 9-to-5 grind. Retirement planning is all about numbers. It centers around one question: Do my financial assets — pension, 401(k)s/IRAs, Social Security, property, sale of a business, etc. — provide enough income to fund my desired [...]

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    Coronavirus scams keep coming as fraudsters follow the headlines The COVID-19 pandemic continues to fuel a parallel outbreak of coronavirus scams, many targeting older Americans. As of mid-June, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had logged nearly 754,000 consumer complaints related to COVID-19 and stimulus payments since the start of the pandemic, 72 percent of them involving fraud [...]

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    With no spouse and no children, she's looking elsewhere for backup The Problem Elizabeth Spiegler, 68, a retired office manager in New York City, was thinking ahead. She wrote me wondering who could handle her financial affairs if someday she can't. Spiegler isn't married, doesn't have children and isn't that close to her extended family. Right now her brother has her power of attorney for [...]

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    Talking about who will control your assets is tricky; doing it slowly may help My husband and I have never told our adult children, now in their mid-30s, how much money we make, how much we have tucked away and how much we spend in a year. But after talking with more than a dozen lawyers, therapists and financial advisers for this article, I'm cautiously nudging us toward opening up. The risk [...]

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    A long and fulfilling retirement takes more than just money. Here are seven things happy retirees do – besides dutifully saving the money they’ll need to finally quit the 9-to-5 grind. Retirement planning is all about numbers. It centers around one question: Do my financial assets — pension, 401(k)s/IRAs, Social Security, property, sale of a business, etc. — provide enough income to fund [...]

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    The reality of quitting work can be far different from the fantasy. Here's what you need to know Even if you love your job, there are times when you'd rather be alphabetizing the spice shelf than riding a packed train alongside hundreds of sniffling fellow commuters. And as you sway in the car next to a man who has biked four hours to the station, you might be thinking about early retirement. [...]

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    Couples on their second marriages need to plan carefully for each other and their kids A second marriage can be a balm for the heartache of losing a spouse, be it through death or divorce. Nevertheless, if there are children or other heirs involved, you should consider carefully what will happen with your money and possessions when you pass on. You can never guarantee that everyone in the [...]

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