Category: Retirement

Do You Have Money Phobias?

The other day I was looking up phobias and found that there’s a phobia for everything: wind, water, knees, snakes, and all sorts of other things. You name it, there’s probably a phobia associated with it. It’s just how we are as humans. As a society, we have a lot of various phobias. In fact, Transamerica released their 18th annual study in late 2018. It includes a retirement survey that explored the three greatest fears of those heading into retirement. The survey findings aren’t surprising:

Tax Friendly States

You may not know it, but I lived in Alaska for three years. I absolutely loved it, even though it’s very cold. But now, there’s another reason to love Alaska. A recent article from Kiplinger lists the 10 most tax friendly states and guess which state got number one: Alaska. Even so, I’m not sure how many people would actually want to move there. The next two on the list are Wyoming and South Dakota. These are all cold places, so they’re not necessarily the best places to live out your retirement years. The article lists five states that are in what most people would consider the cold northern climes and five in warmer, southern climes. The five warmer states are Nevada, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and Mississippi. But the actual point of the article isn’t about climate; it’s to bring up things to consider—such as tax friendly status—if you end up moving to one of these places, especially during retirement.

5 Tips for Planning for Retirement

Remember the 1981 comedy movie, The History of the World – Part I, starring Mel Brooks? In it, Brooks plays Moses and in one scene we see him coming down from Mount Sinai with three stone tablets. He then says something like, “God has given us these 15…” [He loses grip on one tablet and it smashes and breaks] “Oy, 10 commandments for all of us to obey.”

Do You Feel Your Age or Do You Feel Younger?

Recently, the town I live in experienced a little flooding. I stood there watching the water and it rose a bit, but not much. A reporter asked me a question about what I thought might happen with hurricane Florence coming through and I talked with her for a minute. But she immediately latched on to and reported on the evening news with video the part where I suggested Florence could imminently hurt businesses, which was completely out of context. That’s an example of this fake news problem and I actually found out firsthand how it starts and then gets spread around.

3 Expenses that Will Go Up After Retirement

Early on in my career, as I prepared to go on vacation, a gentleman said to me, “Just remember, when you’re thinking about vacation and planning for it, take half the clothes and twice the money.” I know you’ve heard that one before, but stay with me. Even when you carefully plan your vacation and expect it to go one way, it almost always works out another way. You either take too many clothes, don’t bring enough money, or a combination of both.

4 Tips for a Trial Run on Relocating

Every couple of years, I get a certain dreaded phone call from somebody I know who’s in someplace warm when it’s cold here in the north and they say, “I just bought a house. I’m really excited and we’re going to move here.” I immediately respond by asking, “Have you ever lived there before?” Inevitably, the person on the other end answers, “No, but it’s a great place!”

5 Top Retirement Regrets

I had a client who was a pilot that was forced to retire at age 60. At his retirement party, he had to go out to get some provisions at the store. He drove to the store, parked, turned the keys to shut the car off, and had a heart attack and died. It was shocking for everyone, and obviously a very severe reaction to retirement. However, we almost saw it coming based on the difficult time he had being forced in to retirement.

Do You Have KASH?

Do you have the cash? I’m not talking about c-a-s-h. I am talking about K-A-S-H. In particular, I’m asking if you have this as your retirement mode.

How Much is Peace of Mind?

The latest happiness studies say that once you’re over the age of 50, you’re going to be happier. There’s many theories as to why that is, but nothing definitive. However, something else happens when we reach this age as well, and it’s where people start to define what wealthy is.

The Longevity Challenge

You might remember the show where Carl Reiner interviewed Mel Brooks as the 2000-year-old man. It was funny listening to him talk from a perspective of being that old. While it’s certainly not as many years, it is sort of like what baby boomers, or those turning 60, are looking at as far as life expectancy. Medical science, depending on who you listen to, has us now living to age 120 to 160, so longevity is now one of the biggest challenges facing those who are retiring today. Now I know that age range sounds outrageous, but if it’s true, how do you approach this?

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