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As tens of thousands of Baby Boomers retire every month, the retirement landscape is transforming before our very eyes, making one of the few universal financial planning topics also one of the most complex. Jill Schlesinger, certified financial planner and editor-at-large of www.CBSMoneyWatch.com, is bringing the “R-word” into focus for readers of all ages, drawing on her career as an investment advisor to make retirement feel less like an event and more like an evolution toward financial freedom.
The column prepares readers for creating future options for themselves and their families, and for having fun along the way. Schlesinger also welcomes questions from readers.
Retire Smart Samples
When it comes to retirement, most Americans aged 45 and older say that peace of mind is seven times more important than accumulating wealth.
The Dow passes 15,000! Recently, Warren Buffett predicted that stocks will go "far higher" in the long run, so, for those with 10 or 20 years to go before they need their money, investing in a diversified portfolio that includes stocks makes sense.
I get a lot of questions these days about my opinion of the recent PBS episode of Frontline called "The Retirement Gamble." But the documentary goes one step further in pointing a finger directly at the financial services industry.
There's no denying it: Most of us are going to need some form of long-term health care during our golden years. Genworth Financial recently released its long-term care Cost of Care Survey for 2013, and the results are sobering.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has honed in on an important question: What do the various "senior designation" titles that financial advisers use to market their services really mean?
There's nothing like proposed changes to Social Security limits to get readers of this column going. Well, let's start with a quick refresher on the current system. Full retirement age varies from 65 to 67 depending on the year of your birth.
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