Several weeks ago I was interviewed by a journalist who was researching a story about retirement downsizing. She found me because I write this blog and sell a retirement planning tool at Failsafe Retirement. I suppose that gives me some credibility because it shows that I at least think and care enough about retirement issues to research and write about them.
Archives for April 2012
Is delaying Social Security the world’s best investment? Think about that for a minute. I will turn 62 this year, making me eligible to claim Social Security retirement benefits. While I have already decided against taking the money early, I still enjoy checking the validity of my decision with some economic due diligence.
Or maybe the better question is: Do you have any confidence in your retirement? I do but not without some trepidation. According to recent survey published by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, Americans who feel confident about their retirement are in the minority.
According to my readings, a substantial number of baby boomers intend to downsize and relocate for reasons that include cost of living. That being the case, knowing which states are the most tax-friendly to retirees is important. When you investigate this question, the answers may surprise you.
It’s been two weeks since my past post. A lot has been going on. A big part has been preparing our large family home to sell. We are spending more time in our condo now. Condo living is a definite lifestyle downsize, from 4500 square feet on three levels (with a yard to maintain) to 1500 square feet on one level.