Keeping retirement planning simple

Retirement is a life change that can seem complex and daunting. However, the following five questions can help keep it focused and, hopefully, simple.

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Busting nutrition myths

So, what’s truth and what’s just a big load of hooey when it comes to nutrition?

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5 things your brain wants you to know

Yes, your brain is communicating to you all the time, but the problem is that you control your brain’s thinking. So, how can your brain tell you anything?

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‘Plan ahead’ advice given to sail into an early retirement

You need to plan ahead to retire early. That’s how John Wick sees it. He retired at the age of 51 to set out on a five-year yachting adventure in 1996. ‘I’d worked for 30 years and now I plan to be retired for 30 years,’ he says. I recently talked to him and his wife, Alison, in their suburban Melbourne home. Both were born in England.

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Why it matters that you matter in retirement—Part 1

Knowing that you ‘matter’ is important at any stage of life, but at retirement, some of the things that have given you a sense that you matter—particularly your job—are gone. On things that matter, one Swiss research paper concluded: ‘Mattering implies that people are not only connected to others, but that they feel that they are important to others.’

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Is fasting an effective weight-loss strategy?

Many people eat from the moment they wake up until the time they go to bed. But is this the best dietary pattern for our health?

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What if your best years are still ahead of you?

If your best years are ahead of you, what would they look like? When you’re in the retirement zone—planning for or in retirement—there’s a tendency to look back at life. To reminisce about the past. Reflect.

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Podcast: The impact of low interest rates on retirement planning

Low interest rates can have a real impact on those who are planning their retirement and those in retirement. Financial planner Anne Graham talks about the issues it can raise and suggests how to handle what can be a difficult time for investing. 

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Chronological age tells us very little about a person

When you think of older people what images come to mind? Compare that with what you see in the media.

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The challenge of transitioning into retirement

Any change causes stress. Retiring is no different. Full retirement usually means the end of your working life, which is a huge transition. You can add to this the uncertainty of not being sure whether you’ll survive financially (a common fear). And there’s the sense that you’re now entering the last stage of life. Both these thoughts add pressure.

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