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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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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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How Long Will My Retirement Savings Last?

If you are concerned about outliving your retirement savings, consider these retirement strategies to help you assess the longevity of your assets.
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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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How an Immediate Annuity Could Turn Assets Into Income

An immediate annuity could provide guaranteed lifetime income from an inheritance, retirement account or other assets.
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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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5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Variable Annuity

A variable annuity could be a good tool for your retirement. These five questions could help you decide if one is right for your needs.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Downsizing Your Home for Retirement

Downsizing your home before you retire could help give you more financial flexibility. Here are some considerations to keep in mind. 
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Aging Parents & Finances: Having the Retirement Conversation

A few small conversations now can make a big difference as you help your parents transition into retirement.
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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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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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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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Medicare vs. Medicaid: How Covered Am I?

Medicare and Medicaid are different programs serving different purposes. Understanding them in the context of retirement planning is crucial.
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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 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?
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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.
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How Much Do I Need to Retire at 65?

The current full retirement age is 65 — 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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Divorce & Retirement: The Divorcee's Guide to Retirement

Retirement may be the farthest thing from your mind after a divorce but considering how to reach your goals could help you move forward confidently.
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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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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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Cost of Long-Term Care: Planning for an Uncertain Tomorrow

While no one can predict future long-term care needs, there are still steps you could take to help prepare for an uncertain tomorrow.
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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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Is a Roth IRA Right for You?

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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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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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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Options for Cash Value Life Insurance Before Retirement

In addition to a death benefit, permanent life insurance policies offer cash value. However, do you know about some of many benefits of cash value?
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Options for Cash Value Life Insurance in Retirement

Permanent life insurance provides a death benefit and may help give you peace of mind. But do you know about the benefits of cash value for retirees?
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How to Create a Self-Employed Retirement Plan

Are you trying to save for retirement, but you're self-employed? Here are a few important options to consider.
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Will You Save for Retirement or Your Children's College Education?

Putting your retirement needs first could help your children in the long run. Learn how you could make this difficult decision with certainty.
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What Is a Pension Plan & How Does It Work?

Will a pension plan be part of your retirement future? Learn more about how these retirement accounts work and explore their benefits.
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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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Why I Wanted Early Retirement & Why I Changed My Mind

One writer shares her story of saving heavily to finance an early retirement — only to discover she didn't want to retire young after all.
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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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Have You Considered Investing After Retirement?

Investing after retirement can be a tricky balancing act. Explore the whys and hows of investing in your golden years.
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Retirement: When Should You Get Life Insurance?

After decades of hard work, you've finally walked out of your job and into retirement. Now, is life insurance on your radar?
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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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Medicare Coverage & Retiree Insurance: 5 Things You Need to Know

Are you confused about how Medicare works with retiree insurance? Here are five things that could be helpful to know.
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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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How Much Money Do I Need to Retire & Stay Retired?

Are you looking forward to your golden years? Proper planning could help ensure that you'll have enough funds to retire — and stay retired — someday.
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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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Save for Retirement & Don't Outlive Your Retirement Savings

We've got some ideas on saving for retirement and managing your expenses so you don't end up outliving your retirement savings.
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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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Health Care Costs in Retirement: Are You Prepared for the Expected & Unexpected?

It could be impossible to foresee all of your future health care needs, but you could still take steps to prepare for both expected — and unexpected — costs in retirement.
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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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5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing an Immediate Annuity

An immediate annuity could help ensure a regular income in retirement — now. These five questions could help you decide if one is right for you.
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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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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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