One of retirees’ greatest fears is running out of money.1,2 Some of the key questions as you prepare for retirement are, how much money will I need to retire? Will my money last through my lifetime? How much can I safely withdraw every year so that I don’t run out of money? Many financial professionals…

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Required minimum distributions are important to your overall income strategy in retirement, but the rules can be complex, especially if you have multiple retirement accounts. Read on for more about what a required minimum distribution is, how to calculate it, and special exceptions for taking an RMD. What Is a Required Minimum Distribution? Put simply,…

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Money is personal—there’s no denying that. You’ve worked hard for it, and it touches nearly every aspect of your life. In the same vein, emotions are ever-present in our lives and affect almost every decision, reaction, and situation we encounter. Market changes, volatility, and chasing gains can cause disappointment, frustration, and panic at the lows…

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Millions of Americans are entering retirement encumbered with mortgages. The proportion of homeowners aged 65+ who still carry a mortgage doubled over the last 30 years—from 21% in 1989 to 42% in 2019. The median loan balance increased to $86,000 in 2019 from $18,000 in 1989. Lastly, and maybe more concerning, over a quarter of…

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Saving for your children’s or grandchildren’s college education can seem like a daunting task, especially with the skyrocketing costs of higher education. Since 2000, the average annual cost to attend a U.S. college has more than doubled—and it shows no signs of slowing. According to Sallie Mae’s annual How America Pays for College report, American…

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Today’s dollar buys far less than it did 10, 20, and 30 years ago—much like today’s dollar will not have the same purchasing power in 10, 20, and 30 years in the future, meaning that as time goes on, your money will not stretch as far as it did when you entered retirement. Inflation basically…

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Have you ever heard your grandparent say, “I remember when a gallon of milk cost 30 cents!”? Shoot, you may even have examples from your lifetime! I remember when a gallon of gas was a little over a dollar—and I’m a millennial. There’s one big reason for these stories of “better times” when things cost…

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Variable annuities can help you meet your long-term financial goals and provide a guaranteed income stream in retirement, but they are not without their drawbacks and considerations. It’s important to understand how variable annuities work and the benefits and risks involved. Variable annuities offer the strongest return potential with the highest risk of all annuities.…

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The predictability and stability of a fixed annuity have made it a popular choice for some saving for retirement. Annuities offer a guaranteed income stream that can help supplement your other retirement income sources, like Social Security and 401(k)/IRA distributions. What Is a Fixed Annuity? A fixed annuity is one in which the annuity purchaser…

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