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November 17, 2017

A lifetime of accumulated treasures can be both blessing and burden. It’s hard to consider moving, whether to a nearby apartment or a villa halfway around the world, when first you have to decide what to do with Aunt Maude’s silver (and everything else filling the basement). Yet those who have downsized successfully say the rewards are profound. One told MONEY that she’s never felt such freedom before.

Thanksgiving may be a good time to launch the process -- sharing your goals with family, and reminding grown children to collect any stuff that’s still at your place. Speaking of Thanksgiving, Retire with Money will be off next week. Enjoy the holiday!

Best wishes,

Elizabeth

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THIS WEEK'S RETIREMENT NEWS, INSIGHTS AND ADVICE

4 Under-the-Radar Countries Where You Can Retire for Cheap

Your Social Security check can stretch a lot farther in other parts of the world. Just be sure to pack your sense of adventure. MONEY

Suze Orman Says You're Not Ready to Retire Until You’ve Done This

Retirement involves plenty of unknowns, including the big question of how long you will live. So why not invest in what you do know and increase your security in the process? MONEY

3 Ways to Have a Happy Retirement, According to People Who've Already Retired

There are a few concrete steps you can take to increase your happiness in retirement, according to research on retirees' experiences. MONEY

A New Medicare Scam Is Targeting Seniors. Here’s How to Spot It

Open enrollment season, which runs from Oct. 15-Dec. 7, brings out the scammers every year. Here’s how they’re trying to fool you this time. MONEY

The Stock Market Has Been Stuck for Weeks. Here Are 5 Signs It Could Get Worse

Keep an eye on junk bonds, valuations, and a few other worrying signals, cautions our ace investing editor, Paul J. Lim. MONEY

How Medicare Became a Key Part of GOP Tax Cut Plan

Medicare could face $25 billion in funding cuts next year if the Republican tax plan triggers the “Pay As You Go” rule. That changes the current negotiations. THE WASHINGTON POST

Got a Will? Here Are 11 More End-of-Life Documents You May Need

A thoughtfully considered will is one of many documents you’ll need to make sure that family members, doctors and others understand and respect your wishes. CNBC

Could a Non-Compete Keep You From Getting Work?

Nearly 20% of American workers are currently bound by non-compete agreements. Even if you’re not one of them, you could be in the future. NEXT AVENUE

Allowance 2.0 in Early Retirement

California couple Tanja Hester and Mark Bunge plan to retire next month, a couple decades shy of traditional retirement age. Here’s how they plan to structure their bank accounts to mimic a paycheck and plan for contingencies. OUR NEXT LIFE

ABOUT ELIZABETH

Elizabeth O'Brien is a senior writer at MONEY, covering retirement and health care. You can email her at elizabeth.o'brien@moneymail.com and follow her on Twitter at @elizobrien.

 
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