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Widows with wealth: Managing money after losing a spouse

There are an estimated 11.2 million widowed individuals across the nation, according to the U.S. census, most of them women. Those who are affluent often initially face one of two financial challenges: having too little cash or too much. Here are the four steps you should take in the first year as a widow to manage cash well...

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Retiring Well Book Recommendation: Atomic Habits by James Clear

Most productivity books you have read probably centered around your work life. Read Atomic Habits and think about your elements of retirement and the multiple phases of retirement. What bad habits will you need to break and what good habits will you need to create?

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The Five Phases of Retirement

Between the ages of 50 and 70, most people experience a significant amount of life change. Transitions are a natural and regular occurrence in our lives. They represent a shift from what was to what is. While normal, they still contribute to a significant amount of the stress in our lives, both positive and negative. Change can create friction in our comfort, our relationships, and our identity. It can also represent great opportunity and growth.

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Start Making Plans for Travel Now . . . BUT be Flexible

The first wave of COVID-19 vaccinations has lifted many spirits and raised expectations for the new year, including the hopes of resumed leisure travel. But while it's good to have things to look forward to, your travel plans for the year will have to account for COVID-19 whether you receive a vaccine or not.

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Retiring Well: The 10 Elements of Retirement – How do you measure up?

What if you could measure your retirement life in the areas that matter most? Would it be worthwhile to provide structure to your annual and long-term life goals in retirement? There are a number of tools in the world of personal coaching that help provide a baseline of satisfaction in various areas of your life.

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Retiring Well: Connecting through Philanthropy

Two significant challenges of the Covid-19 reality are a loss of personal connections and a real burden on charitable organizations to meet the increasing needs of people around the world. We are all learning how to adapt to a more virtual world in building and investing in relationships.

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Retiring Well: The Blocking and Tackling of Retirement Planning

For those planning for retirement, the events of 2020 have been especially worrisome and disruptive. We can't control pandemics, market fluctuations, or social unrest. But, we can focus on the blocking and tackling of retirement planning. Here are the three drills you can run...

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Retiring Well: Life-Giving Conversations about Death

father and son

While ensuring your documents and your household are in order is a critical step, it's only one part in the process of "finishing well." A fruitful and often ignored step is engaging in conversations with our family and friends about our thoughts and wishes for our living and dying.

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Retiring Well: Closing the Technology Gap

One thing that has become abundantly clear through the pandemic is the fundamental role of technology in our lives. Technology has helped to bridge some of the gaps between us, our loved ones, and our communities.

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The “Ostrich Mentality”: Helpful or Hurtful?

man putting head in sand like ostrich

When it comes to your financial lives, ignorance isn’t always bliss, especially when it leads to procrastination, avoiding hard decisions, and not accepting the limitations of your resources. Living in ignorance or denial is not a healthy, long-term posture for financial success.

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