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The Oscars’ Inspiring Message About Aging And Retirement

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

Although Hollywood likes to pride itself as standing on the right side of political correctness and inclusiveness, this year’s Oscars show included a number of jokes and comments that raised allegations of ageism. But despite what some consider to be tone-deaf or even offensive age-related remarks, I believe that overall the Oscars still delivered a powerful and inspiring message for anyone who’s nearing or has already reached retirement age—namely, that achievement doesn’t have an expiration date, and that success and fulfillment are still possible even as you’re increasingly reeling in the years. More»

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Would Plunging Stock Prices Force You To Downsize Your Retirement?

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

The recent market volatility has been frightening for anyone hoping to achieve a secure retirement. But the prospect of a major slump in stock prices can be especially upsetting for people who have recently retired or are close to calling it a career. If you’re in that position, here’s how to gauge the risk you might face, and how to reduce the possibility you’ll have to completely revamp your retirement plans should the latest market turbulence lead to a full-fledged rout. More»

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The Right Way To Spend Your Savings For A Happier Retirement

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

Ask Real Deal Retirement

My husband and I are planning to retire this year and want to enjoy retirement. We do not want to skimp on simple pleasures and die with lots of money in the bank. But we also don’t want to run through our savings too soon. So how do we calculate withdrawals from our nest egg to spend as much as possible of our assets before we shuffle off this mortal coil?

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Want To Improve Your Retirement Prospects? Resolve To Do This In The New Year

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

By now you’ve been inundated with long lists of “must do” New Year’s resolutions ranging from the general (be a nicer person, lead a healthier lifestyle) to the specific (save more, pay down debt). But before your eyes glaze over and you totally succumb to New Year’s Resolutions Fatigue, I’d like you to consider two simple but important suggestions—the first for people still on the job, the second for retirees—that have the potential to significantly increase your chances of having a successful retirement. More»

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3 Steps You Can Take To Have A Happier Retirement

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

Happiness, it’s been said, is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it will evade you. The implication is that by actively pursuing a happy state you reduce your chances of achieving it. That may be very well be true in a philosophical sense. But when it comes to retirement at least, new research suggests that there may be specific steps you can take to enjoy a more rewarding post-career life. More»

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How Much Income Will You Actually Need In Retirement?

By Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire

Ask Real Deal Retirement

I always hear you need to replace 70% of your pre-retirement income in retirement. But now that I’m getting close to retirement, my income is a lot lower than it was earlier in my career, although my lifestyle hasn’t changed much as I’ve always lived pretty simply. So should I figure I’ll need 70% of my earlier, higher income or 70% of my more recent, lower income once I retire? More»