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The Simple Secret to Retiring Early – And What’s Stopping You from Doing It

Do you dream of retiring early? If you can make just a few small changes in your day-to-day life, you can. Are you concerned that you won’t have enough money saved to retire at all, or that you won’t be able to enjoy the kind of retirement you would like? If you can make just…
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Fabulous Places to Retire: Uruguay

The small South American country of Uruguay, nestled between Argentina and Brazil, may be one of the world’s best kept secrets as a destination for both retirement and vacation travel. Jeff and I had the opportunity to visit Punta del Este, Uruguay in 2014.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get to visit Montevideo (we were at the mercy of…
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Fabulous Places to Retire: France

Most “places to retire” web sites and articles include France at or near the top of their lists. It’s easy to see why: the scenery is beautiful, the country is rich in culture and full of things to see and do, and the cuisine and wine are among the best in the world. Although the…
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4 Essential Ingredients of a Balanced Life

Do you sometimes find yourself imagining how you’ll fill your days once you no longer have to work? During those times when you seem so busy there never seems to be time to do what you want, do you say to yourself, “When I retire, I’ll have lots of time to do this!” On the…
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8 Conversations Every Couple Needs to Have

Hopefully, you have at least a general idea of how you hope your life will unfold in the years to come.  You probably have some ideas (whether vague or specific) about where you’d really like to live, where you hope to travel, when you hope to retire, and an assortment of dreams and “bucket list”…
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The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Future

Back in January, 1980, when I started my first job out of college, I was pretty naïve. I had no idea how to advance my career, navigate office politics, or even dress well. I can laugh now at how clueless I was back then and marvel that somehow things worked out and I enjoyed a…
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LGBT Retirement Communities – Unrealized Potential vs. Unclear Demand

[Editor’s Note: An updated version of this article appears here.] You are probably aware that the baby boomer generation (those born between 1946 and 1964) is now reaching the ages of 50-68, which means that we’re entering an era in which a lot of people are and will be retiring. According to Serena Worthington of the…
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The Retirement Party

Prior to December, 2013, I can’t recall that I have ever attended a retirement party held in the workplace. In fact, the only retirement party I can recall was a party for the father of one of my college buddies that took place soon after I graduated, and that one took place in their home.…
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“How Much Money Do I Need to Retire?”

This question is usually first and foremost on people’s minds when they contemplate when they can retire and what sort of lifestyle they will be able to enjoy in retirement.  And it’s an important question – but one that’s not simple to answer.  Most important, there are a lot of other questions you need to ask…
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Is It Time to Retire the Word “Retirement?”

I like the word “retirement.”  I always have, because the more I plan for and anticipate my retirement, the more optimistic about it I get. Don’t get me wrong, it won’t be a panacea, any more than everyday life during our working years is.  There will be good days, bad days, and average days.  Good…
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