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Set Boundaries When Adult Children Move Back In
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Friends With (Social Security) Benefits
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Reached Your Retirement Savings Goal? Keep Saving.
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How to Calculate Safe Spending Rate from a Fixed Pension
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The Deep Value of Useless Things

Set Boundaries When Adult Children Move Back In

It’s back-to-school time: the point of the year parents look forward to sending their children off to school, knowing that another summer break is months away. However, some parents of adult children are in the opposite mode—instead of sending children away, they may need to welcome their adult children (and possible the child’s spouse and the grandchildren) back home. 

In “Thinking about welcoming adult children back into the nest? Consider these tips before deciding,” Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary offers some advice. Overall, she writes, “No matter how responsible and hard-working your adult child is, the best-laid plans …

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Friends With (Social Security) Benefits

Social Security is arguably one of the most important cash flows for individuals in retirement. Many individuals have paid into the system for years, and in turn will be eligible for reduced benefits as early as age 62, or at their full retirement age (between ages 66 and 67). The decision on when to start collecting benefits is important and can impact your retirement cash flows for your remaining retirement. This decision should not be taken lightly, and it should not be left to informal conversations with friends, coworkers, etc. In other words, don’t base your decision to take benefits… Read More

Reached Your Retirement Savings Goal? Keep Saving.

In “Are you confident about your retirement savings? That could be dangerous,” USA Today and TheMotley Fool discuss a survey that found “38% of retirees say they felt either extremely or very confident in their savings before they retired.” Notice that this is how they felt before actually retiring. It is possible that these same survey respondents felt differently once they had been retired for a while.  

As the article notes, this certainty can backfire if those who are feeling confident get lax about money management. Perhaps someone approaching retirement looks at what they have already saved …

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How to Calculate Safe Spending Rate from a Fixed Pension

We recently had the pleasure of analyzing a pension from the state of New Jersey. The pension amount, while generous, had not been adjusted for inflation for the past eight years. Prior to that, the adjustment was only 60% of the Consumer Price Index. The New Jersey Education Association explains:

A cost of living adjustment (COLA) protects retirees’ pensions from eroding due to inflation. In New Jersey, the COLA calculation is 60 percent of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) annually. Chapter 78, the 2011 pension and benefits law passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Chris Christie, suspended

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The Deep Value of Useless Things

At the risk of sounding like an aging baby boomer (oops, that is me), I want to put in a pitch to value highly those things that aren’t worth much. So here’s why everyone else is wrong.

A liberal arts or humanities major

There are an awful lot of parents these days who have a seizure if their progeny announce they are majoring in English or worse yet, French literature, art history, or history. This is close on the heels of recovery from the previous seizure when they saw the tuition bill. In the instant mental computation available to every …

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