Popular culture often takes an “us vs. them” attitude toward technology. Think about the menacing messages of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner or Terminator. Machines are bad and want to take over; people are good and must control them. In real life, though, technology isn’t nearly so scary — unless, of course, you’re worried a robot will take away your job. I’m not. Though some may see the growing popularity of so-called “robo-advisers” as a threat to financial professionals, I’m embracing this method of investing as a way to further diversify a client’s portfolio and look out for his or her best interests.

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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:

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