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As 80 Million Americans approach retirement, Miriam Goodman has found that often couples don’t retire at the same time, making it, at best, a bumpy transition.  If this is you or someone you know, this show is for you.

Miriam Goodman help you realize that you are not alone in this anxiety about retirement and will assist you in finding new ways to navigate this sudden identity crisis and change in relationships and roles.

Ms. Goodman, also known as Ms. Retirement,  is the author of Too Much Togetherness: Surviving Retirement As A Couple (Bonneville Books), a handbook for living happily with a retired spouse,

and Reinventing Retirement: 389 bright ideas about Family, Friends, Health, What to Do and Where to Live (Chronicle Books.)

Bruce Frankel

Bruce Frankel is author of the Amazon.com bestseller What Should I Do With The Rest Of My Life?, which was published by Avery / Penguin in March as a hardcover and is forthcoming in the spring in paperback.

Frankel has been reporter and columnist for Gannett Newspapers. I was a co-writer of the New York Times bestseller World War II: History’s Greatest Conflict in Pictures.

The subject of the What Should I Do With The Rest Of My Life?* seems to grow more timely by the day, with reports of the increasing number of plus-55 Americans who are no longer deciding to continue working out of voluntary choice, but out of necessity. More and more, people are having to figure out how to re-invent themselves long before retirement and after they have begun to settle into it.

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By Anna D. Banks

The economy has most of us scared. We want to retire, but feel that we can’t. Housing prices are down. Tuition for your college aged children is rising faster than the surf at “Big Sur”, and even the “well-healed” baby boomer is feeling the economic pinch. Overall things may not feel full of promise, but take a look at the short video and be inspired.

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Live Fearlessly,

Anna

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By Anna D. Banks, GCDF

Starting a Business after retirement requires you to plan ahead and build a good foundation. You need to face a number of issues and questions such as:

• What is a good business for you to undertake?
• How much time and effort are you willing to devote?
• Does this match with the time and effort demanded by the business you want to start?
• What are the key processes involved in starting a new business?
• What are the skills that are necessary for business success?
• How much should you invest in a new business?
• How do you go about developing an action plan for the business of your choice?

The process of starting a business can be a challenging, and an exciting experience. It can also be frightening, exhausting, and frustrating. The key to a minimum stress start-up is to plan ahead and build your own business after retirement, in a planned and rational way. Understanding, and planning out, the entire process of start-up makes a huge difference to the end result. There are, some basic steps that are common in planning and starting any business:

Assess your areas of strength. Are you a person who can easily take risks with money? If the idea is scary, it may be better to think twice before considering a business. No matter how you look at it, and how well you play it, being an entrepreneur involves risk. You must be willing to lose money if it comes to that. You must also have the ability and the will to work hard, be able to handle uncertainty well, and possess self-discipline.

Pick the right business. There are generally has two kinds of people. One kind consists of people who love something to the level of passion and are driven to make a career of it. If you belong in this category, make sure you conduct research to check that a market exists for the business. The other kind of person is one who is fascinated by the idea of being an entrepreneur, rather than a particular idea. In this case, pick a business that has instant demand and potential for future growth.

Come up with a solid business plan. Think of it as a map that tells you the direction you should be heading in and helps you to identify important markers you may see on the way. Before you open your doors to clients, think and plan out exactly what you want your business to be. Figure out what makes your product or service different or special, how you plan to attract customers, how you intend to beat competition, and other such essentials.

A major part of the business plan consists of a financial analysis, including:
• The amount of money needed
• How it should be spent
• Amount of profit expected etc.

Figure out where you will get the funding needed to start. Explore options like
• Your own savings
• Your credit cards
• Your retirement accounts
• Second mortgage
• Advance on inheritance
• Loans from friends or family members.

© Anna D. Banks, GCDF

ANNA D. BANKS, GCDF is an adjunct professor at Essex County College, career development and marketing coach, speaker, and author. Anna helps individuals design a game plan for an extraordinary career or business. Since 1996, Anna has helped hundreds of job-seekers, managers, business owners, and sales professionals achieve career success. For more information send an email to Anna@AnnaBanks.com.
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By Anna D. Banks, GCDF

Couples who are in marriages that have lasted through the years experience comfort, security, and a feeling of accomplishment. However, comfort and security can often also lead to married life becoming dull and couples taking each other for granted. Transitioning smoothly into married life after retirement requires planning. Apart from planning for financial sufficiency, couples also need to clarify matters like what expectations they have from each other after retiring, such as doing the household chores. One of the important aspects of adjusting to post-retirement life together is wives appreciating the fact that husbands lend an active hand in the house. Since retirement means that they will be spending more time together, weaknesses and strengths may become more pronounced. Soon after retirement, it is usual for couples to experience a period wherein there will be an increase in friction, which they must overcome to enjoy a fulfilling life together for the rest of their days. Here are a few tips that will help you to stay happily married even after retirement:

Avoid Criticism:
It is often the case, that in a companionship that has lasted long years, partners have a tendency to think that they can make negative or unkind remarks to each other. After years of familiarity, people tend to speak their minds regardless of the feelings of their spouses. However, irrespective of the length of a marriage, being gentle with each other is an essential element for marital harmony and strength. Gentleness includes avoiding criticizing each other, forgiving each other, being self-disciplined rather than finding fault with each other, as well as being kind to each other. You need to have self-control and an ability to be responsible for your own actions in order to give up criticism. Although this may often be difficult, even so, as you stop being critical of each other, you will find understanding and love growing in your marriage.

Being Best Friends:
Just like you ignore traits in your friend that you might find irritating, you need to look beyond your spouse’s flaws, focusing instead on the qualities that endear him/her to you. This includes giving each other love unselfishly and freely, without feeling that you are making a sacrifice. Having fun together, sharing your feelings and thoughts with each other, and laughing together are important to keeping your retirement life together happy and fulfilling.

Respect Each Other:
Respecting each other as individuals is an important aspect. Although long years of co-existing with each other may result in fewer conflicts, husbands and wives still need to acknowledge the differences that they have and respect them. The differences could even make the marriage more fun and interesting, adding a renewed spark to it.

Become Allies:
Long years of togetherness can make it easier to be a team. Although differences may still crop up, they may not seem as threatening with the growth of commitment and love. Partners can now appreciate each others differing strengths and perspectives. They can also pool each others corresponding traits together and achieve goals that they may not have been able to by themselves. Enjoy, build, and value this unity.

© Anna D. Banks, GCDF

ANNA D. BANKS, GCDF is an adjunct professor at Essex County College, career development and marketing coach, speaker, and author. Anna helps individuals design a game plan for an extraordinary career or business. Since 1996, Anna has helped hundreds of job-seekers, managers, business owners, and sales professionals achieve career success. For more information send an email to Anna@AnnaBanks.com.
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By Anna D. Banks, GCDF

The baby boomers of today are retiring much earlier than the past generations ever have, and many of them are considering unconventional destinations to retire in. More than 500,000 amongst those that have retired already move from their own states every year, seeking the perfect spot to retire in, be it by the sea, in mountain resorts, or near arid deserts.

Experts are of the opinion that relaxation and rest are the primary things baby boomers look for when shopping for a real estate destination for retirement. They hunt for places where they can sit back, kick their shoes off, and settle down. Apart from rest, baby boomers also want to have fun and enjoy their retirement to the hilt. So they look for destinations where there is great shopping, golf, theater, sight-seeing, antiquing, tennis, boating, and more. So, where are these intrepid baby boomers heading? While California, Arizona, Florida, and North Carolina continue topping the list as most popular destinations for retirement, baby boomers are choosing other places as well.

Baby boomers are redefining the trends in real estate destinations. With their better purchasing power, they have begun to expand the real estate destination market. In other words, they are beginning to focus their attention increasingly seriously to international locales.


This shift toward real estate destinations abroad comes as no great surprise to analysts who have been tracking baby boomers for several decades. The advent of the Internet and globalization has been the primary factors for this venturesome generation to seek recreation and investment outside the borders of their country. The baby boomer generation is being wooed by hot spots at international locations, and they are responding by investing in the attractive real estate destinations worldwide. While the main foreign real estate destinations continue to be the Caribbean, Canada, and Mexico, baby boomers are also expanding out to Western Europe.

One of the best predictors of sales of real estate is the trend in tourism. This is especially true wherein both investors of real estate and tourists travel some way from their home country, and stay in a foreign locale for a considerable amount of time. Naturally, purchasing a piece of real estate involves a bigger discretionary expense compared to a vacation, with additional factors having to be considered. However, generally there is a significant overlap of the characteristics real estate investors and tourists look for.

People go on a holiday abroad. They chance upon a quaint little seaside haven and end up spending two or three heavenly weeks just chilling and having fun. When it gets time to return home, they look up the realtors and end up buying a house, or at the least, begin looking for one. This is how tourism and real estate are linked inexorably.

This trend can be seen all across Central America, which of late has become an increasingly popular area for U.S. baby boomers to retire in. The best tourism destinations are also the ones that are generating the most real estate purchasing activity. Some of the most popular ones are: Ambergis Caye, Belize; the Bay Islands, Honduras; San Juan del Sur and Granada, Nicaragua; Antigua, Guatemala; and Panama City, Bocas del Toro and Boquete, Panama.

© 2008 Anna D. Banks, GCDF
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By Anna D. Banks, GCDF

Some employees hanker for retirement while some fear it and many are anxious thinking about the financial instability associated with it. The truth is that retirement is just another phase of adulthood and it gives a person an opportunity to relive life as and how he or she wants. But in reality retirement is a major event in a person’s life with today’s increasing life span, one that lasts for about a good one third of life!

Retiring at 65 is not archetypal anymore as people nowadays retire even at 60 and then they have to plan for around 30 years of not working. Retiring late means, you don’t get a chance to do everything you wish for. Like quoted in a poem written by William Shakespeare “Fear no more the heat o’ th’ sun, Nor the furious winters rages. Thou thy worldly task hast done, home art gone and ta’en thy wages”. Retirement generally brings in a change in the existing lifestyle and things that encompass retirement years include career changes, possible relocation and cutting back work. Hence planning is essential to lead a satisfying retired life. Retirement planning should be based on identifying what that term means to you and how the lifestyle change can be funded.

The strategy for retirement planning has changed tremendously. Now it is based on the terms of lifestyle changes, accomplishing or readjusting goals and changing or giving up work. Case studies state that the person who spends minimum 10 years in building the foundation with regards pre-retirement planning can lead a second fun filled career during retirement.

So enroll in a workshop to get guidance with regards pre-retirement planning or if you already have enrolled, enquire whether the pre-retirement planning also includes relocation. Relocation works well for employees who work for the Defense.

So start planning now if you wish to lead a quality life after retirement and the first step would be based on assessing the type of life you would like to live. So if you are retiring at 60 or 65 and wish to maintain the same lifestyle, then your retirement years should generally focus on building wealth to generate income from those investments made during the working years. By joining a workshop and enrolling with a financial planning program, you will be able to chart a well-defined path, which can make your retirement years more worthwhile and relaxing.

These financial planning strategies provide a series of advantages like those that boost retirement saving and legally minimize tax and access to preserve super benefits of tax relief or concessional tax. Once you understand your retirement portfolio, then you are sure to understand and control your clear course towards a successful and relaxed retired life. Retired life is a new chapter to relive and enjoy all those moments that you missed while barging ahead in a hectic work life.

© Anna D. Banks, GCDF

ANNA D. BANKS, GCDF is an adjunct professor at Essex County College, career development and marketing coach, speaker, and author. Anna helps individuals design a game plan for an extraordinary career or business. Since 1996, Anna has helped hundreds of job-seekers, managers, business owners, and sales professionals achieve career success. For more information send an email to Anna@AnnaBanks.com.
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By Anna D. Banks, GCDF

Inflation is an important aspect of retirement planning and you simply cannot afford to overlook it. Failing to consider inflation during retirement planning can lead to a financial disaster. Most of us would love to believe that life is going to be great post-retirement with fewer worries, no major responsibilities, and all the time in the world to do what you like. Unfortunately, all this will be possible only if you have saved prudently for your golden years. Inflation is inevitable and only those who plan ahead can survive the increased costs of living due to inflation after their retirement. Let us assume that you retire at the age of sixty-five with an average annual income of $60,000. However, the purchasing power of this amount would go down by almost forty to fifty percent in about twenty years. Thus, in order to maintain the same standard of living that you could enjoy for $60,000, you need to have almost double this amount to sustain the increased costs of living. Such is the effect inflation can have on your daily lives if you fail to prepare yourself in advance. With inflation rising steadily with an average growth of three percent per year since 1626, you need to ensure that your income increases with the rate of three percent every year during retirement.

Well, the good news is that with the growing number of investment options readily available in the financial market, it’s not very difficult to plan for your future. You can count on the pension plans that will automatically shield you from increased cost of living however, you need to check with your employer to know the exact amount you will receive through these plans.

Saving for the future

Start saving as early as you can, as sooner you start, you are left with longer time to invest and multiply your money. Set small, realistic goals based on your current financial needs and the amount of money you can put aside to begin your financial retirement planning.

Have you considered a 401K plan?

It’s perhaps the easiest and the best way of saving your hard earned money for your life after retirement. Also popular are the IRA plans however, you need to understand what’s at stake and how such plans will benefit you before you go for any of these investment options.

Allocation of assets

How you divide your financial portfolio between bonds and stocks can have a huge impact on your financial gains in the long run. Financial experts strongly emphasize of stock investments due to the tremendous potential such investments have to render high returns over long periods of time.

Investing in a property

With remarkable tax benefits and easy finance options, property investments have emerged as an important investment vehicle. As you build equity and settle your mortgage loan, you may hardly have any monthly expenses except escrow payments on property taxes.

You may also consider consulting with a good financial expert or retirement expert who can suggest suitable investment options after assessing your income, assets, and financial liabilities. In addition, they are also the first to know about any new investment option that has newly come in the market and how it can benefit you. Having a good understanding of the financial market, they can also predict which financial companies will sustain the high fluctuations in the market and can be regarded as a safe bet.

© 2008 Anna D. Banks, GCDF

ANNA D. BANKS, GCDF, is a passionate advocate for baby boomers in exploring their priorities, planning and setting goals for the next stage of their lives. Assisting her clients to attract and build a professional and personal life consistent with their values is not just a goal of Anna’s, it’s her passion. Her diverse work experience in business, education and financial services enables her to help the diverse population of baby-boomers with their life, career, and personal finance coaching needs. Anna is currently Adjunct Faculty at Essex County College, where she teaches Career Development & Management. Please place a post on www.AnnaBanks.com or email your questions to me at Anna@AnnaBanks.com.
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By Anna D. Banks, GCDF

Recent surveys have shown that there are more seniors who are now returning or sticking on to their jobs than ever before! Today, there are more 50+ workers working in the job market than at any time in the past. The terms ‘white-collar’ and ‘blue-collar’ workers have now been joined by a third adage, which is, ‘The Silver-collar worker’.

With over 77 million baby boomers in the United States and only 45 million Generation-X’ers, the difference in numbers clearly define a wide gap that needs to be filled by various strategies. So, the competition in the workplace between the two generations has increased twofold over the past ten years. So, if you happen to be a baby boomer on the look out for a job, then here are a couple of resume, cover letter and interview strategies to help you get started:

Resume Strategies for the 50+

• The thumb rule for all senior workers is to put at least 15 years worth of service on the resume.
• Don’t emphasize on dates. Never list your birth date and omit all college graduation dates that are more than 10 years old.
• Try toning down the job titles that you have listed on your resume so as to not seem overqualified. For instance, you can put down ‘senior manager’ instead of ‘Vice President’.
• Make sure you list all the professional courses and development activities that you have attended as this shows that you are willing to learn.
• List all the technological and computer skills that you possess.
• Highlight accomplishments, achievements and results that set you apart from the other candidates.

Cover Letter Strategies for Senior Workers

• Older workers tend to be proud of their work histories and are prone to putting self-applauding statements in their cover letters. With so much work experience, it is probably best you don’t put such cumulative experience statements in your cover letter. Instead of bragging, stick to using statements like ‘extensive experience’ or ‘significant experience’.
• An autobiography letter that rehashes your entire job history that is already on your resume isn’t a good idea. But, as an older worker it is more harmful as it draws attention to your age.
• Add in your cover letter that you are flexible, adaptable and are willing to learn.

Job Interview Strategies for Older Workers

When you go for a job interview, remember that you will probably be interviewed by someone who is younger than you, so don’t get embarrassed or unnerved by the situation.

• Start by stressing on how you are so willing to work and learn. Interviews claim that the biggest setback when it comes to hiring older workers is that most of the time their skills are outdated and they aren’t willing to learn.
• Suggest that you have an unsurpassable work ethic, which could be possible as compared to the younger workers.
• Convince you potential employers that your maturity will only be advantageous to them as your past experience makes you wiser in problem-solving situations.

© 2008 Anna D. Banks, GCDF

ANNA D. BANKS, GCDF, is a passionate advocate for baby boomers in exploring their priorities, planning and setting goals for the next stage of their lives. Assisting her clients to attract and build a professional and personal life consistent with their values is not just a goal of Anna’s, it’s her passion. Her diverse work experience in business, education and financial services enables her to help the diverse population of baby-boomers with their life, career, and personal finance coaching needs. Anna is currently Adjunct Faculty at Essex County College, where she teaches Career Development & Management. Please place a post on www.AnnaBanks.com or email your questions to me at Anna@AnnaBanks.com.
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By Anna D. Banks, GCDF

Retirement is a new chapter of adulthood as it transforms a person to a time of passion and purpose. Retirement is not the end of everything. It is just the beginning of a new and relaxed life which could turn out to be interesting and more productive if you plan well. So design your next phase well to lead a meaningful second adulthood.

Many people are uncertain about their pre-retirement planning. Are you confused about the right plan or selecting a career path after retirement? You should be, and more so if you are nearing your fifties as you have plenty of years to plan ahead and this question is the one that should lead you to the right path. Some people find pre-retirement planning very tedious and boring and they feel that they would need more money than they calculate. Many executives prefer leading stressful life, as they don’t know how to start planning for their retirement. Some find themselves locked in a decent pay pack and they cannot think of anything else or any change over.

You should plan well for your retirement. Seek the help of a counselor who can create a plan for your retirement and help you set your goals or define your career path so as that you can lead a satisfying retired life. Counseling is generally based on your needs and either the counselor guides you to a specialist or provides a referral. Counselors are well versed to handle all your issues relating to relationship, financial management, life balance issues, stress and well as anxiety that accompanies when you near the retirement stage.

If you seek help from the Employee assistance program, then you will be guided by counselors who formulate step-by-step pre-retirement plans, focusing on the emotional readiness of the transitional phase towards retirement. Conselors identify the stress and anxieties associated with retirement and help you handle them by discussing the use of time and money. They also help you handle your health problems and identify community resources.

Retirement is very critical for some people and other than financial issues some also face restlessness. Experts are not satisfied with the currently available pre-retirement programs as they find them shallow. They suggest that a counselor should give a holistic approach towards understanding:

• Current financial resources and the future needs.
• Management of leisure time more meaningfully, by pursuing hobbies or
opting for some volunteer activities, or
in reflection and contemplation.
• Obtainable property, or health and safety.
• Relationships.

Research shows that pre-retirement people refuse to seek help from counselors. But slowly this trend is changing and many corporations now offer specific pre-retirement help. Counselors play an important role in providing financial information with meaningful suggestions based on a special sensitivity to the fact that anxiety about retirement is often about aging.

Counseling the elderly during the pre-retirement stage is a new and challenging field that promises a more satisfying, meaningful life for America’s older citizens. The little planning and initiative goes a long way.

© Anna D. Banks, GCDF

ANNA D. BANKS, GCDF is an adjunct professor at Essex County College, career development and marketing coach, speaker, and author. Anna helps individuals design a game plan for an extraordinary career or business. Since 1996, Anna has helped hundreds of job-seekers, managers, business owners, and sales professionals achieve career success. For more information send an email to Anna@AnnaBanks.com.
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