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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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Understanding a Qualified vs. Non-Qualified Annuity

Learn how taxes work on qualified and non-qualified annuities.
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Get Familiar With Inherited IRA Rules

Learn what to expect with an inherited IRA, whether you're the original account holder or a surviving spouse or loved one.
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How to Know When to Retire

Choosing the right time to retire is difficult, especially if you've endured long-term unemployment. Here are some questions you may want to ask.
Young adults enjoying a vacation wonder, "How much do I need to retire at 45?"

How Much Do I Need to Retire at 45?

If you're hoping to exit the workforce in your 40s, you'll likely need a very large investment account and the right asset mix.
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How Much Money Do I Need to Retire at 40?

Those who hope to retire at 40 need to be focused on their savings. Accordingly, it's important to know how much to save. Here's how to find out.
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6 Annuity Benefits to Consider

Purchasing an annuity provides you with certain benefits in retirement planning. Here are six for you to keep in mind.
A couple discusses how they can contribute to a 401(k) and an IRA

Can I Contribute to a 401(k) & an IRA?

If you qualify for making contributions to both types of retirement accounts, it may be beneficial to save and invest in a 401(k) and an IRA. 
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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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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.
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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How Much Do I Need to Retire at 62?

Seeing as the "official" retirement age doesn't kick in until your mid-60s, 62 is considered an early retirement. Could you still make it work?
A young woman considers how much to contribute to a 401(k) in her 20s

4 Ways to Decide How Much to Contribute to a 401(k) in Your 20s

Time is one of the most powerful tools when it comes to retirement, so starting to save in your 20s could make all the difference. 
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What Is a Flexible Premium Deferred Annuity?

A flexible premium deferred annuity is an annuity purchased with multiple payments or premiums.
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When to Increase 401(k) Contributions: 3 Key Things to Consider

Increasing retirement contributions is a good idea, but factors need consideration? Here's when you might make changes, and what to take into account.
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Planning for Retirement? What to Know at Every Retirement Age Milestone

Age is only a number — and an integral part of retirement planning. Here, we’ve outlined some of the most important retirement age milestones to consider, including Social Security, Medicare and retirement accounts.
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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.
An older couple laughing and talking after looking at a house for retirement

Buying a House for Retirement? Consider These 3 Factors

Buying a new home could be a great way to start your golden years, but there are some considerations to think through first.
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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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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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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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How Does an Annuity Death Benefit Work?

Annuities often offer a death benefit. Here's some more information to keep in mind. 
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What Is a Spousal IRA? 

A nonworking spouse can still save for his or her own retirement with an IRA.
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What Are the Different Types of Annuities?

The different types of annuities each offer a variety of features. Learn the advantages of each and what to expect when you purchase an annuity.
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5 Ways to Help Get Your Retirement Plan Off the Ground

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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When Can I Change My Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan?

Here's some information on when you can change from one Medicare supplement plan to another.
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Do I Need Supplemental Insurance if I Have Medicare?

Private insurance may help to cover the extra Medicare costs you could face in retirement. Knowing your options can help. 
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How a New 10-Year Rule Could Affect Your Inherited IRA

"Stretch IRAs" are now a thing of the past due to a new 10-year rule that affects non-spousal beneficiaries of an inherited IRA. 
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What Is a Joint Annuitant?

Some annuities allow the annuity owner to name two annuitants, which are commonly called joint annuitants.
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How Much Should I Contribute to My 401(k)?

Deciding how much to contribute to your 401(k) plan depends on several factors. Here's how to arrive at a good target retirement savings rate. 
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Annuities 101: The Annuity Basics

What is an annuity, and how could it help you prepare for the future?
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Understanding Average Retirement Savings by Age 

It's natural to want to know how your retirement savings stack up. Here's what the data shows at every age. 
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How to Plan for Early Retirement Due to Disability

Even if unexpected, it's wise to plan for early retirement due to disability, as this can help you prepare for bigger expenses with a lower income.
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Can I Retire Early?

Find out how you may be able to retire early — and learn what it takes to reach this big financial goal. Ready to leave work behind? It might be possible.
A mature couple walks alongside a bicycle after saving for health care costs in retirement.

Planning for Your Health Care Costs in Retirement

For many retirees, health care costs in retirement are a major financial concern. But with some planning, you may be more prepared for these expenses.
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4 Things to Consider Before Taking an Early Withdrawal From a 401(k)

Taking an early withdrawal can affect your long-term retirement savings. Here are some considerations before you move forward. 
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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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What Is an Immediate Annuity?

An immediate annuity could help ensure a regular income in retirement. Learn how it provides guaranteed income by converting your assets into payments.
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When Can You Collect Social Security Retirement Benefits?

You can start claiming Social Security retirement benefits at age 62, but your monthly payment will be reduced. Here's what to consider. 
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5 Places to Retire in the Midwest

There's more to the U.S. than coastal cities and beach towns for retirees.
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7 Retirement Expenses to Prepare For

While you prepare for retirement, it's important to consider likely costs for things such as housing, transportation and health care.
A happy couple sitting on a couch discusses what to do in retirement

Wondering What to Do in Retirement? Consider These 12 Ideas

Retirement comes with lots of newfound free time. Here are some ideas for how to spend it.
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Retirement Terms 101: 5 Terms to Know When Preparing for Retirement

Here are some of the basic retirement terms to know as you prepare for your golden years.
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Want to Retire Overseas? Consider These Financial Details First

International retirement is possible, but it can affect your taxes, insurance and other financial factors. 
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Retirement Checklist: 7 Steps to Prepare

Retirement is an exciting stage, but it may change your financial life. Making a plan in advance can help.
A happy couple embrace and smile after purchasing a single premium annuity

What Is a Single Premium Annuity?

A single premium annuity is purchased with a lump sum of money, known as a premium. There are different types of single premium annuities.
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Retirement Strategies to Consider

Everyone retires differently — shouldn't you plan for it your own way, too?
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A Guide to Retirement Income Planning

If you want to help make your income in retirement last, here are some things to consider as you start planning for the long term.
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What Is a Deferred Annuity & How Does It Work?

If you're ready to buy an annuity now but don't need the payout for a while, you might consider a deferred annuity.
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Retirement Hobbies That Make Money

You don't have to rely on your savings alone in retirement. These hobbies can help you earn money, too. 
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How Do Annuities Work? 

If you're deciding whether to purchase an annuity, it may be helpful to understand how they work, the different types, and their potential benefits.
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What Is a Roth IRA?

A beginner's guide to Roth individual retirement accounts (IRAs). We look at the basics, benefits and rules for managing them.
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Leaving an IRA Inheritance

Learn how a legacy IRA could help you leave an inheritance and potential tax benefits for future generations.
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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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What Happens to Your 401(k) When You Leave a Job?

When you change jobs, you'll likely have a few options when deciding what to do with your 401(k) savings.
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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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How Much Do I Need to Retire at 65?

The current full retirement age is 67 — how do you know if you'll be prepared by then? Here are a few key factors in the retirement equation.
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Retirement Planning for Women

From longer life expectancy to gender pay disparities, women's retirement considerations may be different from men's.
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Annuities Explained: 5 Myths Debunked

Annuities are sometimes misunderstood. Here are five common myths.
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What Is a Traditional IRA?

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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Maxing Out Your 401(k)? Alternatives to Consider

Once you've reached the threshold of how much you can contribute to your 401(k), you may want to consider putting money into other accounts. 
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What Are the Different Types of IRA Accounts?

An IRA could offer a great way to boost your retirement contributions while getting some potential tax advantages along the way.
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Generating Income in Retirement: 5 Strategies to Consider

Here's how you may be able to generate more income in retirement to help fund your lifestyle. 
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No 401(k) at Work? Consider These Alternatives 

If you don't have a 401(k) at work, there are some other ways to potentially save money or grow your existing funds. 
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Tracking Down a Lost 401(k)

Do you have an unclaimed 401(k)? Whether you're unsure or know you have missing retirement money, here are some potential next steps. 
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How Are Annuities Taxed?

It's important to learn how annuities work and understand when you might pay taxes.
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IRA Contribution Limits: How One Change Could Boost Your Retirement Income

The IRS increased the annual IRA contribution limit to $6,000 for 2022, meaning investing in an IRA may be more beneficial than ever.
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How to Make Catch-Up Contributions to Your Retirement Savings

Catch-up contributions can help you save more as you approach retirement.
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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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What's the Difference Between a 401(k) & IRA?

If you have a 401(k), should you also get an IRA? Knowing the difference between the two is an important part of preparing for retirement.
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The Civil Service Retirement System

Federal employees should understand how the Civil Service Retirement System can affect their retirement.
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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 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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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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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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Working After Retirement

Here are three financial considerations to keep in mind as you decide whether to go back to work after retiring.
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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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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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Deciding Where to Live in Retirement: What to Consider

Relocating in retirement could lower your cost of living and give you access to the activities you want to enjoy. Here's how to approach the decision.
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How to Start Saving for Retirement at 50 & Beyond

Need to catch up on your retirement savings (and catch up fast)? Here are some ways to get started.
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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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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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4 Social Security Myths Debunked 

Here are some of the most common Social Security myths and the truth behind them.
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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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Married Couples With Social Security Benefits: What to Consider

Your age affects your Social Security benefits — but, as it turns out, so does your marital status. Here's how it works.
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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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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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What Is an Income Rider & Why Would You Include One?

Some annuities offer income riders that can increase potential growth and flexibility in your benefits. Does a rider fit into your plan?
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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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What is 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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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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When Could a 401(k) Rollover to IRA Make Sense?

Do you still have a 401(k) from an old job? You might want to consider a rollover IRA to manage your retirement savings.
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What Is a Pension Plan?

Will a pension plan be part of your retirement future? Learn more about how these retirement accounts work and explore their benefits.