Financial Emergencies Can Play Havoc in Retirement. Are You Prepared with the Right Retirement Plan?

As professionals who help people from all walks of life plan for retirement, Rajiv Nagaich and his team at AgingOptions deal frequently with certain issues that are common to many retirees. One of the worries that comes up most often involves financial emergencies and how to handle them, especially when living on a fixed income.…

Financial planning can help you build a nest egg.

Will Your Nest Egg Last? 40 Percent of Retirees Say They are Spending Money Faster than They Expected

If we’ve said it once here on the AgingOptions blog, we’ve said it a thousand times: having a good retirement plan isn’t the same as having a good financial plan. So as we share this just-published article from the financial website Motley Fool, we feel we should alert you ahead of time that the article,…

Transamerica Survey Says Over One-Third of Seniors Report Declining Financial Health in Retirement

If retirement is on your horizon, you’ve probably been spending a lot of time wondering how well your finances will hold up once you cut the ties to full-time work. For many retirees, the financial transition to retirement turns out fine. However, that’s not always the case, according to this recent article from Motley Fool.…

Wall Street Journal Report: Boomers are Entering Retirement Less Prepared than Their Parents

For most of modern American history, it has been axiomatic that each generation would enter old age in better financial shape than their parents. Not anymore. Today’s retiring baby boomers are re-writing history, and not in a good way. The Least-Prepared Retirees in Decades “Americans are reaching retirement age in worse financial shape than the…

Taking early social security is usually a bad idea.

Is It Best to Delay Social Security Benefits Until Age 70? Rajiv Nagaich of AgingOptions Says That’s the Wrong Question!

Every few weeks, it seems, we encounter a new article or two trying to provide a definitive answer to a familiar question: when is the best age to begin taking Social Security benefits? Two such articles came to our attention recently, articles we found notable because the authors disagree pretty strongly with each other’s recommendations.…

Retirement Risks Can Be Eliminated

Instead of a “Food Diet” in the New Year, Consider a “Financial Diet” to Boost Retirement Security, Says Kiplinger

The New Year is here, and every year it seems the top New Year’s resolution involves going on a diet. But just as many doctors recommend a “food diet,” some financial planners say people getting ready for retirement need to go on a financial diet, trimming wasteful spending in order to get themselves better prepared…

Reverse Mortgage Update: Falling Home Prices Plus Insufficient Retirement Savings Make This the Time to Act

You’ve heard about it – you’ve read about it – you’ve thought about it. The idea of a reverse mortgage has been on your “retirement radar” for quite a while, but for some reason you’ve delayed taking action. A pair of recent news articles might just change your mind and persuade you that now is…

If You’re Over 70 ½, there’s a Critical Tax Deadline Looming Just Days Away – and Missing It Will Cost You Plenty

Most people with retirement savings in a tax-deferred account – typically a 401(k) or 403(b) account – know that sooner or later the IRS is going to want their tax money. That’s why the rules governing these accounts allow savers to deposit tax-deferred funds only up to a certain age, after which withdrawals have to…

Many Retirees are Unprepared for an Unplanned Expense, Experts Say, and the Consequences Can Be Costly

A new study by the Society of Actuaries has shed light on a subject that should be of concern to retirees, according to this recently-published Money magazine article. While many retirees manage their day-to-day budgeting fairly well, a significant percentage are completely unprepared for financial emergencies, and when an unplanned expense comes along, they are…