Is It Too Late For An “Old Guy” To Learn Jazz In Retirement?

Los Angeles is quite a place to visit.  Every time I fly over the  mountains and see the sheer sprawl of the area spilling to the edge of the Pacific Ocean, I can’t help but wonder about this area.  Is it possible to retire out here – and would anyone want to?  It’s congested. How […] more

Social Security: Claiming Categories

Where do you fit in Social Security’s 4 claiming categories? April is Social Security education month.  So, let’s learn more about this crazy-complicated, but oh-so-important program that will become the foundation to your retirement income. To help you get your arms around Social Security, I’ll post “Did You Know” articles periodically.  Did You Know #1 […] more

Early Retirement Offer in Your 50s: To Take or Not to Take? That is the Question.

What would you do if you opened your email today and had a note from Human Resources that you are now eligible for an early retirement package?  Would you jump for joy?  Be paralyzed?  Think this was an incredible insult? Many women are facing this real situation, especially in their 50s.  All of a sudden, […] more

In My Retirement Kitchen: Talking About Market Drops and Yo-Yo Diets

Well, it’s here (again).  That dreaded day when the stock market goes barreling downhill like an Olympic Super-G alpine ski racer.  Typical in the investment industry is hyped-up jargon that leads to hoopla and headlines like:  Market Drop – The Largest in Years!  Bear Market – On My!  The Market Plummets! The End of the […] more

Social Security: It’s a Big Financial Decision

Back in 1935 when Social Security made its debut, the government had to all but force older Americans to claim their benefits. Today, the situation couldn’t be more different.  Baby Boomers reaching retirement age can’t wait to get their hands on this benefit.  It seems that everyone knows the earliest you can claim is age […] more

Journalists Turn to Marcia

Having in-depth knowledge about a topic as complex as retirement is one thing. Being able to translate those complexities into meaningful language for non-financial folks is something else. Marcia is well-known for bringing dry, jargon-laden, technical retirement language into everyday life. That’s why reporters seek her out. She’s also a respected source among journalists who […] more

Boomers in Action

Baby Boomers are doing some of the most interesting things as they look forward to or live in retirement. They are approaching the whole idea of “retirement” with reckless abandon!  As in, they are often abandoning the recent traditional ideas about what a retiree can or should do. Boomers are involved in every aspect of […] more

A Reporter Asks 10 Retirement Gurus for Their New Year’s Resolutions

Like many folks, turning the calendar from the old year to the new brings high hopes for making this one a better year.  There is the promise of doing more things better and making it all worthwhile—or making changes and fresh starts.  Personally, I love the idea of the new beginning and a fresh start.  […] more

Headline: Here are 10 Retirement Resolutions (According to Experts) To Make In 2018

Janet Kidd Stewart, reporter for the Tribune News Service, talked to Marcia and 9 other retirement and financial gurus about their financial resolutions for the New Year. Read the full article in the StarTribune> more

10 Things We’ve Learned on our “Next 10 Adventure”

 Eighteen months ago, Dan and I took a big (and some would say “crazy”) leap by moving from the house where we raised our girls to “the country”.  Okay, it’s really just down the highway a bit to Hanover, MA, and not to Oklahoma! We managed to start downsizing (a “limited downsizing”), bought a fixer-upper, […] more

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