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Your mortgage: To pay off or not to pay off?

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Paying off debt, such as your mortgage, can seem like it should be a top financial priority. After all, sending thousands of dollars to the lender each month can become burdensome and pointless. Best to be rid of that payment as soon as possible, right?

Not so fast, say many financial experts. While paying off your mortgage can be satisfying and should be a priority for some people, for others there are things that should be taken care of first. Here is a short list.
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Watch out for taxes in retirement

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Although many people will see their taxes go down after they enter retirement, a lot of folks are surprised that many of their retirement income sources are subject to taxation. Taxes are something you definitely should take into account when figuring your retirement finances.Continue reading

Student loans – A threat to many retirement plans

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“Retirement” and “student loans” are two terms you might not hear often in the same sentence. But in fact, student loans are growing rapidly among people in or approaching retirement age. Education loans held by people 50 and over have increased 30% since 2005, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and now constitute 17% of $1.2 trillion in outstanding student loan debt.Continue reading

Making early retirement a reality

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Retiring early is a dream for many people in their fifties or early sixties. People want to retire early because they’d prefer to do something else than work at their jobs. Maybe they find their jobs boring, too stressful, or just unpleasant, or maybe there’s a hobby, volunteer position, or even another career they’d rather pursue instead.

Can early retirement be more than just a dream? Here are some things to consider before you make the jump.Continue reading

Think you need a million dollars to retire? Think again

money-us-dollarsMore than 70% of retirees have less than a million dollars in net worth. This will come as comforting news to many people who fear they are behind in their retirement savings. Furthermore, two-thirds have less than $100,000 in annual income, and four-fifths have Social Security retirement benefits, averaging $1,294 per month, as their main source of income.
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