Retirement Planning Checklist

Retirement planning doesn’t have to be complicated. You don’t need a degree in finance and you don’t have to read a bunch of books to understand the important action steps. For the bulk of your working years, there are just a few important and very simple actions that need to be done right. The rest can be figured out in the years immediately preceding the day you retire. That is why I created this retirement planning checklist: to demystify the vagueness around retirement planning, simplify the process where appropriate, and provide a step-by-step guide so that you can do those few important things right at each stage of your life. Use this retirement planning checklist as a handy reference guide…

Retirement Planning Is Dead

Traditional retirement planning is dead. It’s an old world model in need of a major facelift. The problem is baked into how the the system is designed—it’s not realistic. The skills and knowledge required to execute a traditional retirement plan are beyond most worker’s abilities. But there is an alternative…

The Smart Alternative To Retirement Planning

It’s so “old-skool” to work like a dog for 40 years scrimping and saving so you can retire and do nothing of substance for the remaining 30 years. That’s no prescription for happiness. It makes no sense. Increasing longevity has changed every aspect of retirement planning – from asset allocation to life fulfillment and everything in between. It is time to retire the word “retirement” and redefine our lives toward fulfillment – which means…

Retirement Planning Myths Revealed – 2 “Must Know” Formulas

Retirement planning isn’t the precise science you would like it be. Uncover the myths that risk undermining your financial security, and learn the two simple formulas that can make order out of all the confusion…

How Anyone Can Retire In 10 Years (or less)

Surprisingly, it’s not that hard. It doesn’t require hitting the lottery or inheriting a windfall from ol’ Aunt Myrtle. Similarly, you don’t have to become a brilliant investor or possess any unusual skill. After all, the title to this post claimed “anyone” can do it so the strategy has to be repeatable and predictable. We’re talking science – not random luck. Here’s how you do it…

Are You Making This Early Retirement Mistake?

It’s time to change your mind about early retirement. It’s a seductive facade that’s supposed to be about freedom, but my experience shows it’s usually an avoidance mechanism that cleverly hides a more important issue. Learn how to avoid getting pulled in…

Is It Safe To Withdraw 4% From Retirement Savings?

How much can you withdraw from retirement savings each year without jeopardizing your financial security? Conversely, how much money do you need to retire so that you can afford your current level of spending? In this post I overturn the conventional rules of thumb and offer you another viewpoint…

Retirement Savings Statistics Get Uglier

Are you on track for retirement? Most people aren’t (unfortunately) and these retirement savings statistics prove it. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute as cited in the September 2009 issue of “Financial Planning” magazine, a tremendous loss of wealth from the market downturn in 2008 has made a difficult retirement planning situation far worse. Here are some of the surprising numbers…

Retirement Planning For Two – Overcoming The Challenges

This week in the “Ask Todd” section of web site Kathleen wanted to know how to resolve the challenges inherent in using a single retirement calculator to plan retirement for two people. Should she combine both their numbers into one or run two separate retirement plans and add them together? Surprisingly, my answer is “none of the above” because…

Retirement Savings Statistics Are Ugly

I’m always amazed when I see the retirement savings statistics. It’s a scary picture. A recent newsletter from professor Robert Shiller (Yale University and “Irrational Exuberance” infamy) provided some amazing stats showing a fast approaching disaster in retirement planning and what you must do to not be part of the problem…