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Low costs of living make for smooth sailing in retirement.

The 15 best states to retire for a low cost of living in your golden years

Soon-to-be retirees should consider Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Mississippi for affordable costs of living and home prices.
A financial planner can help you feel more confident in retirement. Dennis Friedman is not pictured.

A man who left work 10 years ago says a single meeting with a financial planner made retirement ‘so much better’

The retiree said meeting with a fee-only financial planner quelled one of his biggest fears: that he's going to run out of money in retirement.
Edd and Cynthia Staton.

A couple who retired abroad say expat life isn’t quite as ‘exotic’ as you might think

Edd and Cynthia Staton retired abroad in 2009. While living costs are lower, day-to-day life in Cuenca, Ecuador, isn't that different from the States.
The couple is not pictured.

Here’s the investment portfolio of 2 millennials who are saving for retirement, a down payment, and their future kids

Justin, 31, and MacKenzie, 28, are balancing multiple financial goals. Christine Benz of Morningstar gave their investment portfolio a makeover.
Just 5% of retirees say personal savings is their primary income source.

Millennials know their retirement won’t look like mom and dad’s, and they’re already planning ahead

A new Wells Fargo survey found that 86% of US retirees live primarily on income from Social Security or a pension. It'll be different for millennials.

A new study shows that 92% of Americans don’t understand fixed-income investing — the cornerstone of retirement planning

For the record, fixed-income investing is buying corporate or government bonds that pay periodic interest payments until maturity, according to BNY.
Older Americans are carving out their own corner of the gig economy.

Most freelancers are millennials, but retirees are quickly catching up

In general, a shift away from pension plans and greater longevity are driving more old-age Americans to continue working beyond retirement age.
A 403(b) retirement plan is a tax-advantaged account for some nonprofit and public-sector workers.

If you work for a nonprofit, church, or public school, a 403(b) plan is a great way to save for retirement

What is a 403(b) retirement plan? It's a way for employees of public schools, churches, and other tax-exempt organizations to save for retirement.
Healthcare may be one of the biggest costs retirees face.

An easily overlooked investment account can give retirement savings a huge boost — if it’s used the right way

A health savings account (HSA) can help you build up a cash cushion to pay for health expenses in retirement not covered by traditional Medicare.