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Why You Should Never Fully Retire
Millions of working people want nothing more than to pack it in and retire. The Internet has spawned websites and chat rooms dedicated to the topic. People swap stories about what they’re doing to make it happen, and how it’ll feel when they get there. But like so many other aspects of popular t Continue Reading
Coping in Retirement When Investments Aren’t Enough
Many people are sadly unprepared when it comes to finances in retirement. They shouldn’t count on being able to work longer to make that difference up either. Many workers these days don’t have an awful lot in savings and investments that might be used for retirement, aside from their primary re Continue Reading
Will A Million Dollars be Enough to Retire On?
A million dollars was a lot of money when I was a kid. Inflation notwithstanding, for most of us, it still is! It’s an amount the vast majority of people will never have in their bank accounts or anywhere else in their possession. But will a million dollars be enough to retire on? It’s practi Continue Reading
Self-Employed Retirement Options – Which One is Right for You?
One of the biggest drawbacks to being self-employed is the lack of employer paid or sponsored benefits. One of the biggest of these is a retirement plan. However, there are several self-employed retirement options available. You can choose the one that works best for you, but you can also start with Continue Reading
Investing Too Much in the “Bookends” of Life – College and Retirement
Much of the career, lifestyle and financial emphasis in recent decades has been centered around college and retirement. I refer to these as the “bookends” of life because they frame opposite ends of your adult life – the beginning (college) and the end (retirement). I’d like to suggest th Continue Reading
What to Do If You’ll Have to Work for the Rest of Your Life
This has become a more common concern in an age of unstable employment, high healthcare costs, under-reported inflation and short-circuited careers. If you believe that you may have to work for the rest of your life, welcome to the new, unsecure retirement world of the 21st Century. This is the last Continue Reading
Saving For Retirement Late in the Game
What if you're in your 50s, or early 60s, and have little or no retirement savings? Or what if you’re in your 20s or 30s and don’t sense that you ever will? What is your retirement plan? In Retirement Will Be a Fantasy For Most Americans we discussed how the majority of people fall into this cat Continue Reading
Retirement Will Be a Fantasy for Most Americans
One thing I don't like to do here at OutOfYourRut is write to the financially blessed. There's more money in doing that, I'm not going to lie. But there are a lot more people who don't fit into that category, and that's always been my target audience. In my everyday life I meet people of ordinary me Continue Reading
7 Unexpected Challenges With Early Retirement
The topic of early retirement is a serious favorite among personal-finance blogs. While I believe that it’s a worthy goal, there are challenges with early retirement that are rarely discussed. I came up with seven that I think that if you are not prepared for, they can be a serious threat to the w Continue Reading
Finding Sources of Extra Money During Retirement
And they all lived happily ever after... That's the popular last sentence in so many fairy tales and nursery rhymes. But if you're over 30, you're probably painfully aware that real-life doesn't usually work that way. Life can be good, but it’s usually punctuated with times of difficulty. And so i Continue Reading