When Should You Claim Social Security?

One of the most common retirement planning questions we receive is the one about Social Security: Is it better to claim Social Security benefits as soon as possible, or to delay? As with most retirement planning questions, the answer isn’t the same across the board....

The Financial To-Dos of Having a Baby

Having a baby and growing your family is a very exciting time for any new parent or parent-to-be—and there are some pretty significant things to consider outside of simply getting the nursery ready and picking out a stroller. There are studies showing that each child...

Retiring Early: Understanding the Rule of 55

Even for those who might love their work, the thought of retiring early can seem awfully appealing—and awfully tempting. Say you were to retire at the age of 55, instead of waiting until you are in your 60s. You’d have that much more time for travel, for golf, for...

An End-of-the-Year Retirement Planning Checklist

Good news: There’s still time. There’s still time to get your retirement planning affairs in order before the end of the year—to ensure that 2014 ends up a successful, savvy year for your own long-term financial preparation. Before too much more time passes, take just...

4 Retirement Planning Considerations You May Be Neglecting

No one can see into the future, and none of us can predict what tomorrow will bring—let alone what life might be like a year or a decade into the future. Rather than be an argument against retirement planning, this is actually a sound argument in its favor: You can’t...

Can You Start Retirement Planning Past 50?

One of the most commonly-repeated bits of retirement planning advice is this: You should start saving and planning as early in life as possible. Generally speaking, this is good advice, and those who start planning when they’re 20 have a definite leg up on those who...