Most of us spend considerable time planning the financial side of retirement but we often give the most important part of the next phase of life short shrift. Finding meaningful purpose, however you define it, is what makes retirement satisfying and fulfilling. At Atlanta Financial, we have found that it’s your other IRA – your “Individual Retirement Attitude” – that makes the difference in this next stage of life.
Author: Julianne F. Andrews, MBA, CFP®, AIF®
Whether it’s palm trees, museums or shooting the rapids, travel continues to be a popular pastime for retirees. While the scenery may change from year to year or season to season, one thing never changes: travel can be expensive. Planning ahead and traveling in the off season can save.
The old saying used to be that you could only count on two things: death and taxes. Today, we need to amend that include a third constant: the rising cost of healthcare. For some time now, medical costs have increased at a pace that exceeds inflation. No one is predicting a change in that pattern.
Deciding when to begin taking Social Security can be confusing and overwhelming especially when you consider that once the decision is made, it can be difficult to change and a 12-month time restriction applies. Determining the optimal time to begin taking benefits depends on several factors, including the amount of benefits available to you and your spouse (if married), life expectancy, the date of your retirement, and the availability of other assets and income sources, such as 401(k)s, individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and retirement savings plans, that can be tapped during non-working years.
It is very common, after a lifetime of hectic schedules and work pressures, to wonder how you will live without deadlines and commitments. Most about-to-retire people have these same worries.
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