Planning matters

Pearls of Wisdom: Following your Passion into an Encore Career

Did you know that traditional retirement, the idea of taking an endless vacation starting in one’s fifties or sixties, is losing it’s appeal? As people enjoy longer, healthier lives we are seeing more interest in a new concept among our early-retiree clients – pursuing an Encore Career…

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Salary Impacts to Social Security

Isn’t my Social Security benefit based on my last three years of salary? One topic we routinely talk about with clients is when to draw Social Security. Often, that also leads to discussing how much their salary in their final working years will impact the amount of their benefit. 

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes

Back in 1980, the United States’ share of global GDP was about 21.1%, with the U.K., Germany and France holding 13.2% in aggregate, Japan at 7.8%, while India and China represented 8.4%. Fast forward to today, and the United States’ share has grown only marginally, while the big three of Europe as well as Japan have actually declined over a 37-year period. So, where was the bulk of the growth?

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Pearls of Wisdom: Is a Retirement Community Right For You?

Seniors move into continuing care retirement communities expecting to enjoy amenities such as libraries, fitness centers, and dining rooms while they’re healthy, and to receive excellent skilled-nursing care if they fall ill. When all the pieces fall into place, that’s exactly what happens. It’s important to ask the right questions to ensure that the facilities…

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DOWNSIZING

  At some point in life, most of us decide to downsize. The children have left the nest, the home office is closed for business, scrubbing floors or the pool has lost its appeal.  We want to move toward another phase of our life plan, but as one client told me recently: “All of these excess…

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