Retirement News with Professor Craig

Retirement News with Professor Craig

The Retirement News blog is dedicated to the financial and physical health and well-being of older Americans. 
Whether you're already in or nearing retirement, you will find important, topical information in the blog to help you make informed decisions on your road to retiring more freely.
As a 25-year veteran in the financial services industry and a certified trainer and teacher, Professor Craig's #1 goal is to help you thrive in retirement with financial peace of mind. 

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How Much Will I Get From Social Security? Here’s How to Figure it Out

For the most part, every working American knows that Social Security benefits are tied into our paycheck contributions over the years. But how exactly do they come up with the amount once you start claiming them? 

Familiarizing yourself with how your payment amount is calculated may help boost your future Social Security payments and better plan for a financially sound retirement.  

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Understanding Social Security Benefits as Part of a Holistic Financial Plan

Social Security is a critical part of your retirement savings strategy, but how much do you really know about it?

Social Security benefits play an important part in most Americans’ retirement plans. To yield the best possible financial outcome, it’s critical that we educate ourselves on how to maximize those benefits. 

According to a MassMutual poll, over 35% of respondents age 55-65 failed a basic quiz about their Social Security benefits knowledge. Another 18% barely passed, earning a D.  

As you or your loved ones approach retirement, how much do you really know about this critical retirement planning asset?

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A More Flexible Home Equity Loan

If you’re 62 or older, there is a home equity line of credit option that offers greater financial flexibility than a traditional Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC). It’s called a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) line of credit. 
If you have an existing mortgage or home equity loan you could refinance them with a HECM line of credit and get enhanced benefits, including a flexible payment feature and a line of credit that GROWS when left untouched.
As with any mortgage, you must meet your loan obligations, keeping current with property taxes, insurance, and keeping your home in good condition.


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