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The average American starts saving for retirement at this age

The sooner you start saving for retirement, the more opportunity you’ll have to build a solid nest egg without having to sacrifice too much on an ongoing basis. But data from Nationwide tells us that Americans are putting in roughly a decade in the workforce before giving their long-term savings a thought. The average American begins funding a…

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Observations from the Brink of Retirement

A retirement income specialist shares three important lessons he’s learned during his own financial and mental journey as he gets ready to dive into retirement. His personal insights could help guide your path as well. Planning for my own retirement has been interesting, as my day job is teaching financial advisers about retirement planning. At…

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6 Ways The SECURE Act May Impact Your Retirement

GETTY The new Setting Every Community Up For Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, just signed by President Trump, is the broadest piece of retirement legislation passed in 13 years. Ultimately, the law focuses on retirement planning in three key areas: 1) modifying required minimum distribution (RMD) rules for retirement plans; 2) expanding retirement plan access and…

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10 Top New Year’s Resolutions for Success and Happiness in 2020

Studies show that about 60 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions each year–sadly, only about 8 percent of us achieve them. As the New Year fast approaches, it’s natural to feel a bit excited by the prospect of leaving behind the old year and beginning anew. In fact, research shows that about 60 percent of us…

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The Secure Act changes the way people will inherit money — are you hit by the new rules?

The new legislation eliminated the ‘stretch IRA’ provision, but not everyone is impacted Getty Images/iStockphotoFuture beneficiaries of retirement accounts have different rules than current inheritors. The Secure Act, which was signed earlier this month, changes the way beneficiaries will receive money from inherited retirement accounts, but not everyone is in danger of a big tax…

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I Killed My Teenager’s Fancy College Dreams. You Should, Too.

Forty-five million Americans owe a collective $1.6 trillion in student debt. Here’s why my daughter won’t be one of them. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Vasily Koloda on Unsplash, master1305/iStock/Getty Images Plus, and ayzek/iStock/Getty Images Plus. A couple months ago, my 17-year-old daughter’s guidance counselor called her into his office to ask pretty much…

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4 Questions to Consider Before Opening a New Credit Card

  When you’re offered a discount at the checkout counter in exchange for applying for a new retailer-branded credit card, it can be tempting, especially if you’re looking to defray big holiday gift expenses. But it’s not always the right choice. Applying for a credit card can temporarily lower your credit score and place more…

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How Companies Are Capitalizing On Tech To Reach A Generation

Even though they’re not widely viewed as being as “tech-savvy” as their Millennial offspring, Baby Boomers are embracing tech at a surprising rate. In fact, 73% of people over 60 use a smartphone. They’re using tech to get the most out of life, especially as they begin to retire. But Baby Boomers aren’t eager to spend their golden years in hospital beds…

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Here’s how online scammers prey on older Americans

Here’s how online scammers prey on older Americans, and what they should know to fight back Elderly individuals are more likely to be targeted by online financial fraud, and when they lose money, it’s a higher amount than average, according to researchers. An Aspen Institute Tech Policy Hub study recently tackled the issue of how…

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