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All this week we have been covering retirement, and so are some other publications and blogs. It’s never too late to start planning for retirement, which means it’s never too late to start reading and educating yourself about the subject either. We put together a nice list of our favorite retirement articles written this month, and hope you find them just as informative as we do.
10 Trendy 401(k) Plan Perks- We like this article because it’s very “right-now.” Here you will get a down-to-the-bone list of the 10 current trends, including statistics to back their claim on topics, such as catch-up contributions and target-date funds. It also flows through the top 10 trends in a nice, short slide show. Who doesn’t like slide shows?
Get an Early Start on Retirement- This article was geared for the 20-something just beginning to plan for retirement. Tips are offered on why you need to start planning retirement while also paying down debt, where you can find extra cash for a retirement plan, and how to use the set-it-and-forget-it approach.
Gay Spouses Win Employee Benefits- It’s obvious why this article was chosen, as it’s just the first of many articles I believe will be popping up in the very near future. Only 13 states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriage as legal, so employee benefits turned over to those same-sex spouses in those states will be non-disputed. Those living in other states will likely experience complications until same-sex marriage is legal, if at all.
Why Your Retirement Won’t be Like Your Parents’-and What to do About it- This article reminds readers what Social Security was meant to do in the first place with a quote from President Franklin Roosevelt in 1938. Author Stacy Johnson continues on with how Social Security will allow you to live, although not lavishly and how the “three-legged stool” is becoming two-legged, thanks to the decline in employer-sponsored pension plans. The subtitles may seem a bit off, but in fact they are very clever, and make sense if you know what you’re reading.
Fired? Don’t go Quietly- A practicing attorney provides his insight as to what you should do if you’re are fired at age 40 or older, and suspect your age has something to do with it. Attorney Larry Bodine states that winning an age discrimination claim against your employer is hard to do, and suggests six things you should negotiate for, with a high chance of the negotiation going in your favor.
Lessons From Inching Into Retirement- What we liked about this one is that it’s not about giving advice based on industry trends or future projections. This article was written by a man who is actually moving into retirement. No, this isn’t about Robbie Shell moving into a retirement home; it’s about what he’s discovered and learned about himself by cutting hours at his full-time job down to just 3 days a week. Perhaps you, too, have been considering your transition into retirement, and Mr. Shell can provide some insight.
14 Ways Retirees can Make Extra Cash- Another nice slide-show presenting information comes from MSN. With retirement, it’s important to stay active in both mind and body, and, it doesn’t hurt to pull in a little extra income. Things like dog walking and tutoring will allow you to knock out two birds with one stone.
Most Popular Ages to Claim Social Security- The reason we like this article, yet another one from US News is because we, too, just published a blog post on this a few days back. As we concluded, the best time to start claiming your social security should be as late as possible, if you’re hoping to receive the highest return.