On Retirement

August 2011


Why You Can’t Invest Like Warren Buffett

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Warren Buffett is renowned as America’s best investor. He’s a grandfatherly guy who lives in a modest house in Omaha, Neb. and only invests in everyday companies that he can understand. He is friends with Bill Gates, but never invested in Microsoft or any other Internet company.

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4 Tips to Stay Mentally Sharp in Retirement

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On occasion I hear a song that I immediately recognize and quickly find myself singing along. Then I pause for a moment to recall the name of the group that I once knew so well and can’t remember it. Memory can be fickle, with some facts easily recalled while important details remain stubbornly ...

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What My Sabbatical Taught Me About Retirement

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Earlier this year, I took a 3-month sabbatical from my job to preview what retirement would be like. Well, it wasn't a full retirement because I was also a stay-at-home dad during those 3 months after my wife returned to work from maternity leave. We recently had a baby and it was a good time for ...

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6 Ways to Boost Happiness at 60

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In a counterintuitive finding, most of us aren’t happy when we’re young. We’re actually much happier when we’re old. A recent research study found that people actually get happier as they get older. Most people’s happiness quotient grows significantly after age 50 and throughout their 60s. Nobody ...

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Retirement Costs in 13 Countries Compared

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One of the many benefits and advantages of retiring to a new country can be the opportunity to lower your cost-of-living, perhaps dramatically.

It’s hard to say by how much you might reduce your monthly expenses. It depends on where you’re coming from, where you move to, and how you choose to live.

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Why You Should Take a Retirement Test Drive

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Not long ago my company was acquired by an equity investment firm. Having previously experienced the dramatic changes this typically entails, I decided to take some time off and exit the working world. I planned to take about six months to travel, visit friends and family, and generally recharge.

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Learn to Live on Less and Retire Sooner

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One of the biggest questions that soon-to-be retirees face is how much they need to save in order to retire comfortably. Some people aim to replace a portion of the income they earned while working, often around 80 percent. The key is to figure out how much of your working income you need to ...

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Confront Market Volatility with Serenity

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In times of extreme market volatility, investors turn for advice to experts to explain what is going on. The financial media goes into overdrive, scheduling specials where market activity of the day is endlessly dissected and advice is confidently dispensed. Everyone has an opinion and there is ...

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6 Tips to Make Your Retirement Stash Last

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One of the worst situations to be in during retirement is running out of the money you've set aside for your golden years. Making your retirement fund last should be one of your top retirement planning priorities.

However, not many of us have enough saved to be super conservative with our ...

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4 Tips to Slow Down in Retirement

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Not yet retired, I am caught up in the working world’s typical frenzy of endeavoring to stay ahead while putting aside some money for the future. After years living at this busy pace, I wonder what it will take for me to slow down to a more reasonable pace when I retire. I realize that if I do not ...

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Side Income Ideas for Retirement

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Saving enough for retirement is difficult and will get much more so in the future if traditional pensions continue to become rare and personal savings rates remain low. If you are unable to save more of your current salary for retirement, a side income is a great way to boost your retirement ...

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Retirement with a Fluctuating Income

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Being in a business with a fluctuating income naturally puts me in a position to deal with times when income dries up. Though it's never pleasant, the silver lining is that I have a better sense of how my life and views about my finances change when income decreases. And armed with this knowledge,

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7 Signs You Have Successfully Retired

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There is no shortage of worries as we move into retirement. We all want to get there, but are unsure exactly how retirement life will ultimately look. Despite our best planning, scrimping, and hoping, we remain concerned about outliving our savings, maintaining good health, and even being bored in ...

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Flawed Investing is Depleting Pension Assets

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The management of pension fund assets is big business. Every broker, hedge fund manager, private equity fund manager, and mutual fund manager wants a piece of this mega-trillion dollar action. High priced consultants stand ready to advise pension administrators which fund managers to include and ...

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4 Painless Ways to Save for Retirement

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When gas prices rise, we often cope by driving less. Doing so will seem like a sacrifice at first, but some creative planning coupled with a few slight changes to our driving habits is generally enough to save us a few dollars. Most people can cut spending if they really have to, and reducing your ...

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A Beautiful Beach Town for $1,000 a Month

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If you're interested in a low-cost retirement near the beach, I recommend you take a look at Hua Hin, Thailand. This Thai town you’ve probably never heard of offers everything the would-be retiree with a modest retirement nest egg is shopping for. You and your significant other could settle in here ...

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