You’ve worked most of your life, and now it’s time to relax and retire in style. Ensuring that your finances are in order is one of the most important things you can do as you transition into this next, best phase of your life. After all, you can’...t have all that fun without the proper funds. Whether you need help building a new budget, want to learn more about investing for retirement, or are interested in returning to the workforce part time, Renew can get your financial know-how up to speed so you can start living the retirement lifestyle of your dreams.

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You’ve worked most of your life, and now it’s time to relax and retire in style. Ensuring that your finances are in order is one of the most important things you can do as you transition into this next, best phase of your life. After all, you can’t have all that fun without the proper funds. Whether you need help building a new budget, want to learn more about investing for retirement, or are interested in returning to the workforce part time, Renew can get your financial know-how up to speed so you can start living the retirement lifestyle of your dreams.

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  • Renew's Social Security Optimizer can help you decide when to begin collecting your benefits.

    Social Security Optimizer

    Want to maximize your social security benefits? When it comes to maximizing your social security benefits, timing is critical. The age at which you (and your spouse) decide to begin collecting social security will permanently impact the amount of the monthly benefit you’ll receive. Once you make this decision, there are no do-overs. For this …

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  • Two pots sitting side-by-side on a stove.

    Retiree Diaries: A week with Vicki from Princeton, Texas

    Welcome to Renew’s Retiree Diaries, a new series in which we go behind the scenes with retirees from across the nation to see how they are spending their time and money throughout the course of a typical week. This month, we’re spending a week with Vicki H. of Princeton, Texas. What industry did you work …

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  • A lawnmower, water pail, sunhat, and other gardening tools.

    Retiree Diaries: A week with Barry from North Augusta, South Carolina

    Welcome to Renew’s Retiree Diaries, a new series in which we go behind the scenes with retirees from across the nation to see how they are spending their time and money throughout the course of a typical week. This month, we’re spending a week with Barry C. of North Augusta, South Carolina. What industry did …

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  • A Siberian Husky with a Costco hot dog in its mouth.

    Retiree Diaries: A week with Kathryn of Cumming, Georgia

    Welcome to Renew’s Retiree Diaries, a new series in which we go behind the scenes with retirees from across the nation to see how they are spending their time and money throughout the course of a typical week. This month, we’re spending a week with Kathryn S. of Cumming, Georgia.   What industry did you …

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  • An illustration of a house being downsized.

    5 tips for downsizing in retirement

    If you’re planning to retire within the next year or so, you’re probably eager to find opportunities for supplementing your soon-to-be-fixed income. Receiving that last regular paycheck is known to trigger the anxiety of even the most financially prepared retirees. Will you really be able to make the money you’ve saved last for the rest …

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  • Human figures drawn within shields to illustrate the value of life insurance policies.

    What are my options for life insurance?

    As you begin your retirement planning, you may consider purchasing a life insurance policy. Such a policy would provide your loved ones with some financial security in the event that you were no longer around to help with important costs. These policies can help your family cover major expenses that would be difficult to manage …

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  • An illustration of a house with a reverse symbol on top of it as an abstract way to convey the idea of a reverse mortgage.

    What is a reverse mortgage?

    Are you looking for ways to supplement your income in retirement? If you’re a homeowner over 62 years of age, you might qualify to convert a portion of your home’s equity into cash via a reverse mortgage home loan. Many seniors take out reverse mortgages to supplement their incomes in retirement. Why are reverse mortgages so …

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  • It's important to think long-term when researching your health insurance options.

    What is long-term care insurance?

    The phrase “long-term care” encompasses a variety of services intended to improve the quality of life of people with chronic illnesses, disabilities, or debilitating injuries. Providers of long-term care help their patients maintain a certain level of independence by assisting them in accomplishing daily activities, like bathing, eating, or dressing, over short or long periods …

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  • Social Security sign up form.

    How do I sign up for social security benefits?

    Congratulations! You’ve put in your time, and you’re finally eligible to collect those social security benefits you’ve been paying toward for so long. If you’ve already blown out the candles on your 66th birthday cake, you’re probably wondering when that first check is going to show up in your mailbox. Unfortunately, even though you become eligible …

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  • An illustration of a dollar bill sprouting like a plant to illustrate the idea of generating income in retirement.

    How can I make money in retirement?

    If you’re starting to worry that you should have saved more money before retiring, you’re definitely not alone. In a 2014 survey by TIAA-CREF, 47% of people 55-64 years old said they regretted not saving a larger percentage of their paychecks throughout their career. Perhaps you feel that you’ll need to supplement your income in …

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  • An abstract illustration conveying two spouses coordinating their social security strategies.

    How will my spouse be affected by my retirement?

    When choosing a retirement date, it’s important to consider the financial impact it’ll have on your family. Timing is incredibly important when it comes to Social Security. This is because the age at which you begin collecting has a lot of implications. The age at which you retire will not only determine how much you’ll …

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  • An illustration of a briefcase with a dollar sign on top to illustrate the concept of pension plans.

    What are pension plans?

    Pension plans are a type of retirement account. They are primarily funded by an employer who puts a set amount of money aside for their employee upon retirement. According to the Pension Rights Center, about 31% of retirees are currently receiving pension plan benefits. The number of people who have access to a pension in …

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  • Tax documents and a calculator illustrate that tax considerations can change later in life.

    How are taxes different in retirement?

    Will your tax bill get some much needed time off when you retire? Unfortunately, the short answer is no. The IRS plans to continue working full time. Don’t worry; we’re here to walk you through some of the key tax considerations you should be aware of in retirement. Social security benefits Your paycheck was already …

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  • An illustration of a paper airplane.

    Part‑time work in retirement

    Retirement doesn’t have to mean inactivity. In fact, more retirees are working than ever before. While extra income is certainly an incentive for many, it’s not the only reason to keep working. In fact, workplace camaraderie and professional fulfillment are often cited by retirees as motivators for seeking employment. Additionally, some retirees return to the …

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  • A photo of a senior woman considering what to do with her 401K now that she has retired.

    What should I do with my 401(k) when I retire?

    So you’ve been steadily putting money into a 401(k) or similar retirement plan, and now it’s time to retire. What happens to that money now? As long as you’re above the age of 59½ while working—or 55+ and not working in some cases—that money is available for you to withdraw without any penalties. The idea …

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  • A bar chart meant to illustrate the income stream made possible with annuities.

    What are annuities?

    As you begin to build your retirement strategy, you may be interested in investments that will allow you to build a steady and reliable flow of income. One of the many investment options worth looking into are annuities. An annuity is an insurance product that provides a future stream of income to someone while they’re …

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