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What matters most to you in a retirement destination? Is it proximity to family, or a white-sand beach? Is affordability more important than convenience? Setting your priorities will help you navigate the inevitable trade-offs when weighing where to live. And while it’s a very individual decision, experts can help if you’re looking for inspiration. This week, the experts at International Living named Panama as the best country to retire to, based on a host of factors from cost of living to health care. After reading this week’s featured story, I was ready to pack my bags! But I’m still a ways from retirement, and when I do get closer I’ll have to sort out my priorities. If you’re already retired to Panama, I’d love to hear from you! Please drop me a line at retirewithmoney@moneymail.com.

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Here Is the Best Country to Retire to Right Now

You can live well on less than the average Social Security check.

The World’s Second-Oldest Billionaire Is a Holocaust Survivor and Real Estate Mogul Who Hit the Office by 8 A.M. Well Into His 90s

His life story is the stuff of movies.

Here Is Everything Closed During the Government Shutdown — and What’s Still Open

Plus important info about getting a passport.


We’ll start our January Retire with Money book club talk on Monday, so I’ll be finishing our selection, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, this weekend. Join us in the Facebook group on Monday at noon ET to get the discussion started! I know I have personal experience with end-of-life care to share (my grandmothers’, in particular) and perhaps you do, too.


How to Dodge a Market Dip That Threatens Your Retirement

The common advice to ignore dips doesn’t really apply to retirees. THE NEW YORK TIMES

Why I Won’t Marry the Man I Love

Remarriage comes with many financial and legal complications. CONSIDERABLE

High-Yield Savings Accounts Outperformed the Stock Market in 2018

Look for at least 2% interest, experts advise. CNBC

What's a 'Digital Fiduciary'--And Do You Need One?

Here’s How to Organize Your Digital Assets. NEXT AVENUE


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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