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11 What Should You Know About Taking RMDs?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | January 19th, 2017

As we get older, the end of another year takes on greater meaning, in many ways, than it did when we were young. And if you're a certain age, December 31 has a very specific meaning in terms of your finances, because it's the deadline for withdrawing money from some of your retirement plans. What should you know about these withdrawals? And how much control over them do you have?
   
12 Investment tips for "Millennials"
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | January 12th, 2017

If you are a "millennial" - a member of the age cohort born anywhere from the early 1980s to the late 1990s - then you're still in the early chapters of your career, so it may be a stretch for you to envision the end of it. But since you do have so many years until you retire, you've got the luxury of putting time on your side as you save and plan for retirement.
   
13 When you retire, where can you find investment income?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | January 5th, 2017

As an investor, your main goals will change at different times in your life. During your working years, you need to grow as many resources as possible for retirement. Once you retire, however, you will likely need to focus more on getting income from your investments. But what are your options?
   
14 Here's your retirement "To Do" list
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | December 16th, 2016

At this time of year, your life is probably more hectic than usual - so you may have assembled an impressive "to do" list. This can be a helpful tool for organizing your activities in the near future - but have you ever thought of developing a "to do" list for long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement? If not, you may want to think about it - and here are a few list-worthy items to consider:
   
15 Everyone benefits when you make charitable gifts
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | December 2nd, 2016

Now that we are in the heart of the holiday season, you may be thinking about ways you can put your money where your heart is. Specifically, you might be pondering which groups you should support with charitable gifts. And as long as you choose groups that meet the right criteria, your generosity can also be rewarding to you, in the form of tax benefits.
   
16 Put Thanksgiving lessons to work in your financial plans
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | November 22nd, 2016

Thanksgiving is almost here. Over the years, this holiday has taken on a variety of meanings, most of them centered on family, caring and sharing. You can carry these same values past Thanksgiving into your daily life - and you can certainly incorporate them into your financial strategies for taking care of your loved ones.
   
17 How Should You Use Retirement Plan Distributions?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | November 17th, 2016

During your working years, you are (hopefully) putting money into your IRA and your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan. But once you've retired, how can you maximize the benefits you get from these plans?
   
18 Don't overlook long-term care costs
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | November 10th, 2016

How much money will you need in retirement? To arrive at an estimate, you should consider various factors, such as where you'll live, how much you plan to travel, and so on. Not surprisingly, you'll also need to think about health care costs, which almost always rise during retirement. But there's one area you might overlook: long-term care. Should you be concerned about these costs?
   
19 It's National 'Save for Retirement' Week - so start taking action now
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | October 20th, 2016

Congress has dedicated the third week of October as National Save for Retirement Week. Clearly, the government feels the need to urge people to do a better job of preparing for retirement. Are you doing all you can?
   
20 Want to Retire Early? Start Planning Now
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | September 22nd, 2016

The average American retires at about age 63, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. If you enjoy your work, of course, you may want to go well beyond that age. But what if you don't want to wait until 63 or so? Can you afford to retire early?
   
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