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How Do You Define Financial Success?

When it comes to happiness, success is often synonymous. But what, exactly, does that mean to you? If we see a person who is successful, it is often assumed that they are happy. On an existential level we should consider what it all means. In reality, we actually have no idea whether or not that person is either happy or successful; for a couple of reasons: First of all, we can only measure someone else’s success or happiness by what we know about them. Secondly, and more importantly, we can only measure someone else’s success or happiness by how we define success and happiness. There is really no way of knowing whether their measures are even similar to our own.

Michael Andersen Featured in Kiplinger | Retirement Milestones You Can’t Afford to Miss

You probably know the significance of age 65 (Medicare!). But how about age 50? Or age 59½? Or 62? These are just a few of the important milestones that retirees and future retirees need to prepare for. Most Americans still think about retirement as something that will happen around age 65 – give or take a few years. That’s when you reach the traditional milestones: Medicare kicks in, and Social Security is available should you need or want to start making withdrawals. But there are other deadlines – both before and after your mid-60s – that are important to keep in mind if you want to make the most of your investments, avoid government penalties and save on taxes. Here’s a quick checklist:

Are You Prepared for a Financial Emergency?

Throughout our lives we are faced with unplanned events that can have a lasting impact on your finances if you haven’t planned in advance for them.

Simple Things You Can Do to Protect Yourself from Cyber Threats

With the recent cyber threats that impacted businesses and individuals it is a reminder that technology is exponentially expanding and proliferating our personal and professional lives more and more each day. While this brings its advantages and efficiencies, it also opens us up to many kinds of threats to our privacy and security.

Retirement Planning: Five Steps for Peace of Mind

When it comes to planning for retirement, peace of mind and relaxation are not the first emotions that come to mind. Though it is peace of mind and relaxation that people are ultimately striving for in their planning efforts.