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THIS WEEK’S RETIREMENT NEWS, INSIGHTS AND ADVICE
This Is the Age When You Become ‘Old,’ According to Four Different Generations
Many boomers probably remember the line about not trusting anyone over 30. Yep, there was a time when 30 seemed downright ancient to me. Not so today, of course! Don’t miss the graphic showing the ages at which “old age” begins and “youth” ends—at least in the varying views of millennials, Gen X, boomers, and members of the silent generation. MONEY
Pre-Retirement Financial Review Is a Must
Boston College retirement blogger Kim Blanton explains why she and her husband hired a financial advisor to review their retirement readiness and what they got out of it. “Shed some light on your unique situation before you retire,” she suggests. Smart advice; just be sure you are getting a careful and objective evaluation, not a cloaked sales pitch for products you may not need. SQUARED AWAY BLOG
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Which products and services belong in your financial life and which should you run away from? Personal-finance writer Jonathan Clements, a columnist at The Wall Street Journal for many years, has classified more than 40 options into categories from “promising” to “dangerous.” See if you agree. HUMBLEDOLLAR BLOG
Money, Marriage and a Big Age Gap: 6 Ways to Make Sure Your Retirement Is Safe
If you and your spouse are very different in age, you can face particular challenges in planning for later life. Writer Kerri Anne Renzulli has six tips to help ensure you both enjoy a financially stable retirement. Among them: Don’t rush to retire at the same time. MONEY
Summer Music and Arts Camps for Grown-Ups
There are some great ideas here for this summer or to add to your list of ideas for the future. Memo to self: Tell husband about that ballroom dance camp! NEXT AVENUE
Roth vs. Traditional 401(k): Study Finds a Clear Winner
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Workers who fund a Roth 401(k) rather than a traditional 401(k) may end up with more purchasing power in retirement, research cited by writer Demetria Gallegos shows. There’s a good reminder here: If you max out a Roth (with dollars that have already been taxed) you are effectively contributing more than if you put the same amount in a pre-tax account. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
13 Money-Saving Travel Hacks From the Woman Behind Frommer’s Guidebooks
Travel specialist Pauline Frommer dishes out budget travel advice, from the best website for airline tickets to smart ways to see city sights for less. MONEY
When Mom and Pop Can’t Sell the Farm (or in This Case, the Theme Park)
An octogenarian couple are finally ready to retire. But they don’t want to let go until they find a buyer to take over their life’s work, the Wild West Town theme park 60 miles from Chicago. It’s a touching tale from writer Liz Moyer about transition. THE NEW YORK TIMES