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Smart Financial Moves If You Work Late in Life

<i>Kiplinger's Retirement Report</1>, Mary Kane, and Associate Editor •
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Deciding to work past “normal” retirement age offers tangible advantages–a fatter nest egg, bigger Social Security benefits and, for some, a sense of personal satisfaction. Staying in the workforce later in life can open up opportunities to boost your financial security, but it can also present a few pitfalls to watch out for. Take the

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5 ways to protect your home from summer storms

Kimberly Lankford, Contributing Editor, and <i>Kiplinger's Personal Finance</i> •
Kiplinger

  Update your home inventory. This is one of the most important ways to make a homeowners claim go smoothly. Smartphones make it easy to gather the information (many insurers have home inventory apps, or go to KnowYourStuff.org). “Take pictures of your rooms, closets, attic, and your backyard,” says John Doak, Oklahoma insurance commissioner. Open

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The emotional side of retirement planning

CeFT, Edm2, Barbara Shapiro, president, HMS Financial Group, Msf, Cmc, Cfs, CFP, and Cdfa •
Kiplinger

Historically, people retired when they reached 65, seemed to stay close to home, and typically died within a few years. Today the concept of retirement is very different. It is not unusual for people to work well into their 70s or even 80s at their current job or at a different job. Some work full

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What kind of investor are you?

Anne Kates Smith, Senior Editor, and <i>Kiplinger's Personal Finance</i> •
Kiplinger

How would you describe your personality? Adventurous? Shy? Studious? Did you know that you have an investing personality, too? It turns out that when it comes to managing our portfolios, we tend to fall into one of four behavioral types–although there’s usually a little overlap among them. Each type comes with its own set of

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Think about the 4 Pillars of retirement instead of just income

Insurance Services Inc., David Braun Financial &, president, Investment Adviser Representative, and David Braun •
Kiplinger

When thinking about retirement, most of us tend to focus on income. While income is important to ensuring a secure retirement, there are other factors that enter into the equation that can also dramatically impact your plans. That’s why it’s helpful to think of “The Four Pillars of Retirement” — income, protection, liquidity and growth

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