After more than a dozen years living abroad, the U.S. seems pretty exotic to us now. And we aren't kidding.
Today, I am exceedingly grateful that because of my career success, I can refine my personal definition of what success now looks like. My accomplishments have led me to this place, and I can forge a new path and write a new success story for myself.
Most people visiting Costa Rica fly into the capital, San José, site of the main international airport, but head out as soon as possible for Pacific or Caribbean coast beaches. And the majority of expats live on the coast or in more rural areas of the Central Valley.
My lovely and adored wife, Iris, would have been a survivor in prehistoric times. What our neanderthal ancestors needed to evade the sabre tooth tiger and the massive mastodon she has in spades.
Now's the time when you're likely tidying up the garage, paring down your closet and dusting off the attic shelves. While you're at it, don't forget to clean up one of your most important assets -- your workplace 401(k) plan.
Congratulations! You were just automatically enrolled in a 401(k) plan by your employer. Should you be relieved or should you call the police?
Certainly we're growing older, fast and in great numbers. But at the same time, we are getting smarter and more valuable in our intellectual competence. Hopefully this can trade-off against the tendency to stagnate and withdraw from the mainstream of life.
Since Social Security plays such a big part in people's lives, you'd think we'd have a better idea about how it all works. But on the contrary, a lot of folks don't fully understand their benefits or, more importantly, how to maximize them.
When I was kid, my grandparents left Long Island and moved to Florida. At first, I was incredulous. My grandparents moved so far away from me! (I had really thought that their world revolved around me. Apparently not.) But when we took our first trip down to visit them on a school break, I began to like the idea of having grandparents in Florida.
Older workers have a harder time finding jobs and remain the demographic that once unemployed, stays out of work the longest. So hanging on their jobs is of paramount importance.
Let's assume that we're all going to hit a wall in our careers sooner or later. If we're 50 or over, and it hasn't already happened, be on the lookout. This installment is a personal story about a longstanding friend of mine, a New York lawyer named Janet Scully who worked for 22 years as an attorney for Travelers Insurance.
Capital One ShareBuilder's recent Financial Freedom survey revealed a wide gap between what working Americans think they should be doing when it comes to saving for retirement and what they're actually following through on.
Retirement is not a destination but a journey--the accumulation of many steps over many years. Whether retirement is months or years away for you, it's crucial to begin thinking about how you'll support yourself once you're relishing post-employment life.
America's retirement crisis is as consequential as our healthcare crisis. We mustered the will to do the hard work of extending access to healthcare to all Americans. We must also meet a just and civilized standard for retirement, so that retirement is a time of security, not poverty.
Why are big numbers of Americans pushing back their planned retirement dates? The Employee Benefit Research Institute in its annual Retirement Confidence Survey says the reason can be summed up in three words: "a poor economy."
Worry about market volatility keeps a lot of retirees out of the stock market, but I believe it's important not to let that concern override everything else. While it's recommended that people gradually move away from stocks and toward fixed-income investments in retirement, as you can see, it's also important to retain some stock exposure.