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Read This Before You Retire

03/30/2015 10:36 am ET | Updated Mar 30, 2015
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When it comes to retirement, most people have a picture in their minds. It may be pursuing an interest or a passion, traveling, or just putting up your feet and getting out of the Rat Race. No matter the ways your dream retirement may differ from that of someone else, we all have a common thread: We want to be independent in retirement.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of surprises that can affect that dream. As the saying goes, "Life is what happens when you're busy making plans." However, you can take steps to minimize the unexpected surprises life can throw at you -- and keep your retirement from getting derailed.

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