Australia in the top 10 world places to retire

Australia in 2019 was the 6th favourite retirement spot in the world for Brits, according to a recent survey. We were ahead of New Zealand by one place. In 2018 Australia placed 9th.

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How serving smart can transform your life and retirement

There’s strong evidence that it’s ‘more blessed to give than receive’. But we need to learn how to give—or serve—smart. One large study in the United States showed that volunteering once a week increased people’s chances of being ‘very happy’ with their lives. That’s worth knowing—and having.

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5 things I learned about retirement finances in 20 minutes—2

So, what’s in the news about retirement finances? I’m developing the habit of every now and again checking out what’s happening in that area. I Googled ‘retirement finances news’ to see the latest findings and share some of what I’ve found. Here are 5 things I learned online that could be helpful as you look at your finances for retirement.

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PODCAST: THE CHALLENGE OF RETIREMENT TRANSITIONING AS A COUPLE

Transitioning into retirement isn’t always easy and for couples it can be even harder. Couples counsellor Paul Bogacs talks about how couples can best work through the issues they may face. As you’ll discover, working together can make a big difference.

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What can a person who refuses to retire tell you about retirement?

In the past couple of years, 87-year-old Brenda Palmer has had a private meeting with Australia’s Prime Minister; rung the bell at the Sydney Stock Exchange (SSX); and spoken at a Coles Annual General Meeting (AGM). That’s quite a resume for someone who works at the checkout at the Coles supermarket in  Malvern—a suburb of Melbourne.

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3 questions to help discover if you’re ready for retirement

Are You Ready for Retirement? That’s a question investor advisor Ken Heise asks. ‘Retirement is a huge transition,’ he says, ‘much like getting married or having kids. And just like those other life events, it takes preparation.’

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Personal reflections on retirement and lessons learned

I retired more than four years ago. I was well-prepared (having completed the first draft of my book, Retirement Ready? helped). But there were still surprises and issues to address.

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The advantages or not of retiring early—2

Sam Dogen retired at the age of 34—back in 2012. Having  $3 million in hand allowed him to have the financial freedom he needed. He tells of the benefits of early retirement he didn’t expect and the downsides of early retirement that ‘no one tells you about’. 

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The advantages or not of retiring early—1

‘I could have pursued aggressive saving, slashed expenses, and been financially able to retire sooner, but that’s not the path I chose, fortunately’.

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Blue nomads and a different kind of cruising—’froozing’

Blue Nomads, or people who live for the sea experiences, are on the increase. However, for some retirees, it isn’t ‘cruising’ that’s of interest. It’s ‘froozing’ that captures their imagination—and time.

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