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Where will your retirement money come from? If you’re like most people, qualified-retirement plans, Social Security, and personal savings and investments are expected to play a role. Once you have estimated the amount of money you may need for retirement, a sound approach involves taking a close look at your potential retirement-income sources.

Perception vs. Reality

Perception vs. Reality

There’s an alarming difference between perception and reality for current and future retirees.

Social Security: Five Facts You Need to Know

Social Security: Five Facts You Need to Know

Here are five facts about Social Security that are important to keep in mind.

Social Security: By the Numbers

Social Security: By the Numbers

Here are five facts about Social Security that might surprise you.


Inflation - Back to the Future

Even low inflation rates over an extended period of time can impact your finances in retirement.

What Is an Annuity?

Annuities are versatile tools that can help you save for retirement and generate income in retirement.

Healthcare Costs in Retirement

Without a solid approach, health care expenses may add up quickly and potentially alter your spending.

Choosing a Retirement Plan that Fits Your Business

To choose a plan, it’s important to ask yourself four key questions.

Immediate vs. Deferred Annuities

Looking forward to retirement? It's critical to understand the difference between immediate and deferred annuities.

Catch-Up Contributions

Workers 50+ may make contributions to their qualified retirement plans above the limits imposed on younger workers.

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Potential Income from an IRA

Estimate your monthly and annual income from various IRA types.

Annuity Comparison

This calculator compares a hypothetical fixed annuity with an account where the interest is taxed each year.

Inflation & Retirement

Estimate how much income may be needed at retirement to maintain your standard of living.

A Look at Systematic Withdrawals

This calculator may help you estimate how long funds may last given regular withdrawals.

Saving for Retirement

This calculator can help you estimate how much you may need to save for retirement.

Roth 401(k) vs. Traditional 401(k)

This calculator compares employee contributions to a Roth 401(k) and a traditional 401(k).

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Retirement Plan Distributions

There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.

Investment Strategies for Retirement

Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.

An Inside Look at Retirement Living

A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.

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Should You Tap Retirement Savings to Fund College?

There are three things to consider before dipping into retirement savings to pay for college.

How to Retire Early

Retiring early sounds like a dream come true, but it’s important to take a look at the cold, hard facts.

Perception vs. Reality

There’s an alarming difference between perception and reality for current and future retirees.

Retirement Redefined

Around the country, attitudes about retirement are shifting.

Should You Ever Retire?

A growing number of Americans are pushing back the age at which they plan to retire. Or deciding not to retire at all.

A Fruitful Retirement: Social Security Benefit

Taking your Social Security benefits at the right time may help maximize your benefit.

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