The Hidden Importance of IRAs for Married Women

I was very excited to see my first article published in the esteemed publication, Retirement Weekly, a MarketWatch premium newsletter published by Dow Jones & Co.   I have been invited to write about women’s issues around retirement, and since it’s “IRA Season”, the first article is about the hidden importance of having IRAs for married […] more



Social Security: Did You Know? (Part 1)

Wow, the misconceptions and mistakes people have around Social Security are shocking.  There is a dizzying amount of information that you’ll need to know to make the best possible claiming decision.  The implications of your decision are long-lasting and directly affect your hard-earned savings.  Yet, most people seem to throw up their hands to just […] more

Holiday Happenings In My Retirement Kitchen

All too soon the holidays were upon me this year. So much to do, so little time! With all the craziness of working on the renovations for our new house, the focus was on getting my retirement kitchen up and running in time for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas. The kids were coming home and the […] more

Do You Know Your Retirement Income Milestones And Key Birthdays?

Birthdays are full of favorite people, presents and treats.  Everything from balloons and streamers to ice cream cake with the chocolate crunchies in the middle.  So, it can come as a shock upon reaching the glorious age of 50 that birthdays now take on a whole new meaning.  They are now important dates that include […] more

Learning to Love Investing Is Like Learning to Love Football

You’ve heard the phrases “you can’t win if you don’t play” and “the rich get richer”.  It’s true. Those with money are playing the game of investing and are using what they have to increase wealth through exposure to the market.  Successful investors understand there’s a catch:  when you invest, you could lose.  That’s a […] more

Seize Your Opportunities – Even After You Turn 60

Becoming a successful investor is one thing.  Building your own investment analysis and research company, well now, that is a different thing altogether.  Meet Sandy Chaikin.  She is the co-founder of Chaikin Analytics, a ground-breaking stock research & analysis company that helps investors get better results when choosing individual stocks. Sandy and her husband, Marc, […] more

Ladies: How Big Is Your Freedom Fund?

Many Boomer women have been part of a couple for 30 or more years by now. Some may have worked outside the home; others devoted themselves to being at-home moms; and, still others chose to do both.  Women are the ultimate jugglers and multi-taskers managing home, children, spouse, work, elderly parents and more! Don’t Forget […] more

The Next 10: Adventures of Courageous (Crazy?) “Empty-Nesters-Not-Retired”

I turned 55 this year and wondered with astonishment how I got here—more than half a century has flown by.  Even when I shake my head or squeeze my eyes shut, there is still the fact that I’m 55 and getting older every day.  As I travel on my journey through life, there’s a lot […] more

Shoe Shopping in Retirement? You Betcha!

Let’s face it. If there is anything women know and love, it’s our shoes. Beyond the excesses of the rich and famous with their closets full of expensive Manolo Blahniks and Jimmy Choos, many of us “regular” gals have closets full of shoes too. One study calculated the average amount of money women spend on shoes […] more

From Fire Fighter to Ferryman: A Reinvented Retirement

I got off a recent flight to Cleveland and hopped in a cab to my hotel.  The cab driver (ferryman) was delightful, welcoming and warm, clearly loving his city.  It was easy to strike up a conversation… Turns out Jerald was from the San Francisco Bay area.  He was a fire fighter for 20 years […] more

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