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Retirement Planning

How much money will you need to retire? As you think about retirement planning, there’s a lot to consider, including when to retire, where to live, 401(k) plans, IRAs, annuities, Social Security and more. Explore these articles to learn how to plan effectively and when to start saving for retirement. 
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Man checking his retirement plan balance on his work computer and wondering what is a vested 401k

What Is a Vested 401(k)?

If you're wondering what a vested 401(k) is, here's some information to consider. 
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grandparents sit by a lake with their two grandkids and are happy they invested in a traditional ira

Is a Traditional IRA Right for You?

A beginner's guide to traditional IRAs. How do these retirement plans work, what are the benefits — and what rules do you need to know?
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middle-aged couple prepares their retirement budget and asks: how much to do I need to retire at 50?

How Much Do I Need to Retire at 50?

Planning to retire at 50 can seem like a stretch, but that's not to say it's impossible. Here are some factors to consider.
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happy 50-something couple relaxes at home and asks each other: how much do I need to retire at 55?

How Much Do I Need to Retire at 55?

Retiring a decade or more before the official retirement age could be an attainable goal if you save wisely and build out multiple income sources.
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Happy women sitting with her dog on the couch during her mini retirement

Could a Mini Retirement Be Right for You?

A mini retirement is a break from your career, and it could be the right move for you for a number of reasons.
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What to Do in Retirement: 10 Ideas

Spending your time on activities you enjoy can help make for a fun and fulfilling second act.
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25 Retirement Bucket List Ideas

Having a list of goals and experiences can help you live out a fulfilling retirement.
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An elderly woman talking to her granddaughter about disability and retirement benefits

Can I Receive Disability & Retirement Benefits at the Same Time?

Here's how Social Security disability and retirement benefits work together in retirement.
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What Happens to an Annuity When You Die?

Some annuities stop making payments when you die and others pass on to a beneficiary.
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The Civil Service Retirement System: Understanding How It Works

Federal employees should understand how the Civil Service Retirement System can affect their retirement.
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Worried About Running Out of Money in Retirement? Here's What to Consider

If you're concerned about not having enough money to live comfortably in retirement, here are some things to keep in mind. 
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What Is Social Security COLA?

A cost of living adjustment (COLA) is an important aspect of your Social Security benefits.
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How Does a Prepaid Funeral Work?

Prepaying a funeral can help make life easier for loved ones. But how does it work, and is it a good idea?
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How Does Early Retirement Affect Social Security? 

Workers are able to collect Social Security as early as age 62, but retiring early can affect your monthly benefit.
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Estate Planning Checklist: 10 Steps to Help You Prepare

If you're ready to start estate planning, this checklist can help you get the ball rolling.
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A pensive man wondering whether cashing out your 401(k) to pay off debt is the right move

Does Cashing Out Your 401(k) to Pay Off Debt Make Sense?

A substantial retirement account may be able to help reduce your debt, but is it worth it? 
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An old man sitting and enjoying his beach retirement

5 Affordable Beach Retirement Towns

Do you want to spend your retirement years basking in sunny weather on a white sand beach? Consider these affordable beach towns.
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5 Cool Retirement Jobs

If you still want to work in retirement, one of these fun jobs could be a good option. 
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Forced Into Retirement Early? Here's What to Consider

You don't always get to choose when to end your career. Here's what to consider if you're forced into retirement.
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Man retiring from work and sitting at his desk

Retiring From Work? 4 Financial Considerations Before You Leave

As you prepare to leave your job for retirement, you may want to consider these four financial details.
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A senior couple stands in front of a blue house asking should I pay off my mortgage before I retire

Should I Pay Off My Mortgage Before I Retire?

Paying off a home while you're still working is an ambitious goal, but it's important to gather all the facts first.
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A old woman sitting on a park bench smiling after retiring single

Retiring Single? Here's How to Start Planning & Preparing

Retiring single comes with some unique financial challenges, but proper planning may help set you up for success.
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Active Duty Retirement: 4 Ways to Plan Financially

It's important to thoroughly consider the many retirement benefits available to active duty servicemen and women.
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Is Retiring on a Cruise Ship Right for You?

If you're leaning toward a more adventurous retirement, living on a cruise ship full-time might be right for you.
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Working After Retirement: 3 Financial Considerations

Here are three financial considerations to keep in mind as you decide whether to go back to work after retiring.
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How to Save for Retirement

Saving early for retirement could make a difference in the long run. Here are some potential steps to take to help you get started.
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5 Social Security Planning Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Before you start collecting benefits, consider these five common Social Security mistakes.
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3 Retirement Withdrawal Strategies to Help Make Your Savings Last

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to managing retirement funds — but there are some common strategies worth considering.
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Alternatives to Social Security to Help Boost Your Retirement Income 

You may want to consider these alternatives to Social Security in order to help boost your retirement income.
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7 Steps to Building a Retirement Budget

A retirement budget may help you stay more financially stable. Here are some steps to consider as you get started.
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How to Make Money in Retirement

Want to earn a little extra retirement income? Here's why you may want to consider it — and how to get started. 
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Senior couple checking map on a walk and talking about starting an emergency fund in retirement

Why You May Need an Emergency Fund in Retirement

Your retirement savings may cover your daily lifestyle, but you might want to also prepare for the unpredictable.
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a retired couple sitting on a couch and discussing health care in retirement

Preparing for the Cost of Health Care in Retirement 

To help prepare for the cost of health care in retirement, there are a few strategies you could consider implementing in to your financial plan.
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Unexpected Retirement Expenses: Why You May Want to Save for Transportation

Here's a look at the average transportation costs in retirement and some tips that may help you start preparing for them now.
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Adult son and his father discussing annuity options after son becomes the beneficiary

Claiming Your Inheritance: Annuity Options for Beneficiaries

Not everyone knows the tax, and other, implications of being the beneficiary of an annuity. Here's what you should know.
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Evaluating an Early Retirement Offer 

Taking an early retirement offer is a personal — and financial — decision. Here's what you may want to consider.
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How to Potentially Increase Social Security Benefits After Retirement

There are several options that could help you potentially increase your Social Security benefits after retirement.
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Mother and young daughter holding cups of coffee and discussing a custodial IRA

What Is a Custodial IRA?

A custodial IRA, or a custodial Roth IRA, could help set your children or grandchildren on a path to financial security at an early age.
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Moving Into a Retirement Community: Options & Considerations

There are a lot of living arrangements available to you in retirement. How can you start thinking about your options ahead of time?
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Father high-fives his son while mother watches after parents discuss their annuity options.

What Are My Annuity Options?

Annuities come in a few varieties, and not every option will best suit your needs. Knowing the key differences can help you choose.
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Middle-aged couple who share a spousal IRA walking their dog on a fall day

What Is a Spousal IRA? 

A nonworking spouse can still save for his or her own retirement with an IRA.
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Types of Retirement Plans: Which Ones Apply to You?

There are many types of retirement plans available, depending on your place of work. Do you know which ones apply to you?
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Young children and parents who have started preparing for retirement

5 Reasons to Start Preparing for Retirement Now

Here are just a handful of reasons why you should start preparing for retirement today.
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5 Retirement Strategies for the Sandwich Generation

Being a member of the sandwich generation doesn't have to mean retirement worries. Here are five strategies to help balance finances with commitments.
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How much do I need to retire at 60, like the couple pictured here walking on the beach?

How Much Do I Need to Retire at 60?

Can you afford an early retirement? Here are some considerations — from savings to costs — to help you figure it out.
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5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Fixed Indexed Annuity

A fixed indexed annuity could be an excellent tool for your retirement. These five questions could help you decide if one is right for your needs.
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5 Common Retirement Myths Debunked

Don't let these common misconceptions stand in the way of preparing for the retirement you want.
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How to Roll Over a 401(k) to a New Employer

A new job usually comes with a new retirement plan. So what can you do with the old one?
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What Are the Average Retirement Savings by Age?

Although there are plenty of retirement savings recommendations out there, it can help to know how they typically pan out in reality.
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Should Retiring Baby Boomers Consider a Phased Approach?

Fewer retirees these days are rushing to wrap up their professional lives. What kind of timeline could work best for you?
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smiling single father reads to his young daughter as he thinks about annuities after his divorce

10 Things to Consider When It Comes to Divorce & Annuities

Dividing property during a divorce can go a lot of ways — here are 10 important considerations when handling joint annuities.
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happy retired couple uses required minimum distribution from their ira to take a fun road trip

Required Minimum Distribution (RMD): How Does It Work?

Thinking about your required minimum distribution (RMD) is part and parcel of planning (and saving) for retirement. Here's how it works.
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four neighbors of various ages eat at a block party and discuss when is a good time for opening an ira

Is There a Right Age for Opening an IRA?

When it comes to IRAs, it's almost never too early — or too late — to open one. Here's how IRAs can be a good fit for different life stages.
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Retirement Planning: Will You & Your Spouse Retire at the Same Time?

Not all couples retire together — and for those who don't, planning for a staggered retirement is important for a smooth transition.
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Leaving a Legacy Through a Charitable Gift Annuity

Looking to leave behind a bighearted legacy that also leaves room for your retirement plans? Consider a charitable gift annuity.
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How Roth IRA Conversions Could Fit Into Retirement Planning

Explore the basics and benefits of Roth IRA conversions to discover if a conversion could help you prepare for your golden years.
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A Quick Guide to Social Security Benefits After Divorce

Did you know you may be eligible for spousal Social Security benefits — even if your marriage ended in divorce?
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smiling retired couple researches different annuity payment options at home on their laptop

Annuity Payment Options: More Than Just Lump Sums

You don't have to own a luxury car or a beach house in Bali to own an annuity. Learn why annuities could be an option for everyone.
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Life's Next Adventure: 5 Things to Do in Retirement

Quality over quantity — this saying is true for retirement too. Discover how a little self-reflection could help you enjoy a fulfilling retirement.
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happy retired couple relaxes at home while talking and planning how to reduce their retirement taxes

Could Planning Ahead Help You Reduce Your Retirement Taxes?

Taxes are a certainty in life, and it doesn't change once you retire. Discover how planning ahead could help you reduce your taxes in retirement.
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Planning for Retirement? What to Know at Every Retirement Age Milestone

Age is just a number — and it's also an essential part of retirement planning. Learn more about important retirement age milestones.
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Preparing for Retirement? Don't Forget Unexpected Costs

Preparing for retirement might seem straightforward, but unexpected costs could have a significant effect on your finances.
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Should You Accept an Early Retirement Buyout?

An early retirement buyout offer could spark many important questions. Here are some things to consider before accepting the offer.
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3 Common Retirement Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Retirement may be just around the corner for you, but have you thought about some of the most common financial mistakes retirees make?
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5 Questions to Help Streamline Your Transition to Retirement

The transition to retirement could give you the chance to pursue life on your terms. Here are things to consider when entering this exciting phase.
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Volunteer in Retirement: A New 'Career' in a Field You Love

Pursue your passions in retirement with a new "career" as a volunteer. Learn how you could give back to your local community — or the world.
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Is Moving After Retirement in Your Future?

To move, or not to move, that is the question. It's important to weigh your options when considering a significant change after entering retirement.
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Don't Let Rising Costs in Retirement Blindside You

You may need to save more money for retirement than you think. Costs in retirement could add up quickly, especially when it comes to things like health care.
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Social Security: When Will You Start Collecting Benefits?

Learn more about Social Security and key benefit ages to discover when you could start collecting Social Security.
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How to Start Planning for Retirement — From Scratch

Are you feeling uncertain about how to start saving for retirement? Learn how you could get on the right track.
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Life After Retirement: 5 Ways to Stretch Your Retirement Savings

Is retirement just around the corner? Learn how you could make your strong financial foundation last long after you leave the workforce.
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When to Start Saving for Retirement

Learn about the steps you could take to help plan for your future needs — no matter what life stage you're in.
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Not Saving for Retirement? Here's the Cost of Waiting

Saving for retirement could be a vital part of a secure future — so consider putting it on your checklist! Learn more about the cost of waiting.
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Thinking About How to Plan for Retirement?

Whether you're looking forward to time with the grandkids, in your workshop or on a sandy beach, your retirement dreams could become a reality.
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4 Steps You May Want to Consider When Planning Your Retirement Income

Whether you want steady retirement income to last your lifetime or seek confidence to meet whatever the future holds, establishing a plan is an important step toward guiding your retirement in the right direction.
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Help Preserve the Legacy You Leave Tomorrow

With thoughtful planning and trusted partners focused on your needs, you can help ensure that you make every dollar count for you and your loved ones.
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What You Need to Know About Saving for Retirement

Preparing for retirement is an important step to making sure you have enough money to retire comfortably or your family is well taken care of. See how we can put our products to work for you.
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5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Single Premium Immediate Annuity

A single premium immediate annuity (SPIA) could give you a steady stream of income in retirement. These five questions could help you learn more.
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Saving for Retirement Costs When You're Young — Expect the Unexpected

Retirement might not be top of mind when you're decades away, but preparing now could help you lead a comfortable lifestyle in your golden years.
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middle-aged couple walks their dog on a sunny hillside and contemplates an early retirement

How You May Be Able to Retire Early

Contrary to what you might think, you don't necessarily have to wait until your late 60s to retire. Here are some strategies to help you get started.
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How to Plan for Retirement — While You're Young

Retirement might not feel like a priority when it's still decades away, but here's why it might be a good time to start planning.
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senior couple walks on a sunny day to discuss how annuities can provide guaranteed retirement income

Annuities 101: Your Guide to the Basics

What is an annuity — and how could it help you prepare for the future? Enroll in our crash course to discover the answers to your questions.
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Preparing for Retirement When It's Just Around the Corner

If you're close to retirement age, consider your goals in order to enjoy retirement to its fullest. We cover the strategies you need.
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