The Talk: Having purpose in retirement


A recent study by Fidelity found that ” sixty-five percent of adult children and parents agree that discussing retirement readiness is an important topic, but 72 percent disagree on the level of detail that has been covered to date; and only 11 percent of children believe the conversations were very detailed .” One thing I’ve learned in my work [Read More…]

5 critical health questions to ask parents


Having “the talk” with your parents about retirement and aging usually finds people primarily focusing on the financial aspects such as wills, estates, and financial considerations for care in one’s later years. If you’ve gotten through that part of “the talk” congratulations! However, “the talk” has a number of parts to it and what is [Read More…]

The Talk: Secret to a longer retirement


As you know from reading my books and my recent series here on “The Talk” between adult children and their parents, I believe that there are “Four Keys” to living a long and safe retirement. Obviously all retirements depend upon having a solid financial foundation and fortunately there are many resources (including writers on this site and working with [Read More…]

The Talk: Danger signs for elderly investors


Adult children of retirees and pre-retirees need to speak with their parents earlier, rather than later, about retirement and the need to address financial and life matters. That’s the major take-away of my book, “Having The Talk: The Four Keys to Your Parents’ Safe Retirement.” It’s a difficult discussion to have and that’s why most [Read More…]

Time to stop procrastinating on long-term care

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Mike Padawer writes in his new book, “What’s the Deal with Long-Term Care“, the following: ” The reality is that the longer you live, the greater the likelihood is that you will require long-term care services. The costs associated with needing long-term care are significant, and while it can take decades to accumulate the assets you’ll [Read More…]

Long-term care planning too often ignored

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In business, partners must protect themselves from the financial ramifications that a significant health or lifestyle change of a partner can have on the other. To protect themselves, business owners form a “buy/sell agreement” as a kind of “insurance” against these events, which cannot only place a significant burden on one partner, but can cripple [Read More…]

How to live to 100 — but can you afford it?


In my past life as a financial adviser, I once had a very wealthy client who had a simple plan that he wanted me to execute: provide him enough retirement income so that when he reached his 100th birthday, his account would be zero. I remember going back to him and telling him that with [Read More…]

Is your financial adviser an endangered species?

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A decade ago, we heard the talk of how online and call center brokers were going to bring about the demise of the financial adviser. Even though online trading has provided easier ways to buy mutual funds and stocks, the need for advice is still so strong today that this prophecy hasn’t taken place. In [Read More…]

How to choose a retirement community

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Planning ahead for the later stages of retirement can help retirees and their loved ones avoid difficult, and often costly, situations in the future. The process for researching retirement living and care alternatives is not a simple one and often creates more questions than answers. The decision of where to live in retirement can often [Read More…]

Locating near family not always the best move

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The value of having and maintaining a strong social structure is critical to the happiness and longevity of those in retirement. A strong social structure is built upon the foundation of friends and family members who help to support, nurture, entertain and bring joy into the lives of those enjoying their “golden years.” Many of [Read More…]