Debt is one of those problems that gets worse when you ignore it. Commit now to the first step of creating a budget — it’s easy and free. Then, let the numbers guide you to your next move. Your options include aggressive monthly payments, consolidation to lower-rate debt, full payoff via a life settlement or home sale, or bankruptcy.
More than two-thirds (70%) of Americans carry life insurance. Many of these policyholders are motivated by what life insurance policies do best: securing financial protections for surviving family members. But the life insurance industry has gotten increasingly complex over the last several decades. And while that complexity can benefit policyholders, it has the potential to alienate consumers — leaving them uncertain, first, about the type of life insurance they need, and, later, what they can do with their life insurance once they have it.
Social Security provides reliable income payments to millions of retirees. But the program can be easily misunderstood, thanks to some complex rules that govern how you qualify and what factors affect benefits for you and your family members. Before you build any Social Security assumptions into your retirement plan, make sure you have the facts straight. You can start with this list of nine common Social Security questions, answered.
Whether you’re nearing retirement or just starting out in the workforce, these are the essential steps you need to take in order to make sure you’ll be able to retire comfortably. Follow these step-by-step instructions to create a retirement income plan that includes how much money you’ll need and strategies to help you achieve this goal by the time you want to stop working.
Most of us don’t have long-lost relatives destined to leave us fortunes. But a surprising number of people do have unclaimed money they don’t know about. According to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA), one in 10 Americans have unclaimed property, and states return more than $3 billion dollars annually to rightful owners.
The sting of the coronavirus pandemic is being felt far and wide. Even if you’re fortunate enough to have sidestepped illness, COVID-19 has likely made its mark on your retirement portfolio and, possibly, your income. Both outcomes signal it’s time to reassess where you stand with respect to retirement planning.
It’s never too early or too late to plan for retirement. Whether you are planning or saving for retirement or are already retired and looking for more lifestyle tips and advice, Harbor Life Settlement has pulled together a list of retirement blogs that will help you in 2020.
The best retirement communities generally deliver on climate, proximity to healthcare, affordability, social activities, and retirement center amenities. They can range from cozy, close-knit neighborhoods, to sprawling city-like meccas where you never have to wander outside the gates. You can also find less formal enclaves of retirees in cities throughout the U.S. — some of which make great retirement destinations for those who don’t like the feel of a master-planned community.
Here’s a look at 15 retirement locations that might match your definition of the ideal place to retire.