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This Eco-Friendly Seattle House Can Be Built in Just 29 Hours

The Pacific Northwest knows sustainable design. From this stunning Portland contemporary built to LEED Platinum specifications (complete with 10-kilowatt rooftop solar array) to other, less flashy, more mobile digs, cities all over the region also known as Cascadia are raising the bar for …

25 Best Mutual Funds in 401(k) Retirement Plans

Have you checked in on your 401(k) plan lately? If you have, you may notice that your retirement savings have swollen in value, inflated by robust …

The best way to handle risk in your retirement portfolio

Lately, investment pundits are filling our TV and computer screens with calls for a market crash, so I've decided to do a three-part series on …

Seven Retirement Gaps And What To Do About Them

What do we expect to happen as we age, and how do our ideas about retirement planning change? New research on post-retirement risks by the Society of Actuaries identifies where the knowledge gaps and how we can do better.<p>Important changes as we age include the following:<p>(Usually) Anticipated change …

Retirement Is Coming — Make These Money Moves in Your 50s

Your 50s are a pivotal decade. You are near enough to retirement to feel its hot breath on your neck, and that can be a good thing. It sharpens your …

Retiring Next Year? Test-Drive Your Financial Plan Now

6 steps to secure your income in retirement<p>There’s a right way and a wrong way to transition into retirement. The wrong way: Put off thinking about …

Bombproof Your Retirement Portfolio Now

Record-setting markets got you down? You’re not alone. Anyone who remembers the dot-com days and the 2008 debacle rightly would be concerned.<p>Trouble …

5 Ways Couples Can Map Out Their Dream Retirement Plans -- Together

<i>This post originally appeared on LearnVest.</i><p>Liz and Dan Carroll, of Portland, Ore., first began discussing their dream retirement plans in 1997, when they were seven years into their marriage.<p>At the time they were feeling financially stretched: They had two kids and were building a large home when …

The Surprising Amount Retirees Pull Out Of Savings

People! Why won’t they behave the way financial advisers and economists tell them to when it comes to their retirement and their money?<p>Last week, Merrill Lynch and Age Wave came out with a survey of retirees which found not only didn’t they all downsize when retiring, 30% who’ve moved since they …

The Only 7 Investment Decisions That Matter

You know that you’re “supposed” to be investing, but what exactly does that mean?Investing isn’t something that’s taught in school and any Google …

Retirement

4 best books for retirement investors

The question of the day: How much do you really need to know in order to be a successful investor?<p>Throughout North America, it's the start of the …

You Can Absolutely, Positively, Retire Early... Maybe

The only reason anyone invests, no matter what strategy is employed, is to make as much money as quickly as possible to be able to have complete …

5 Secrets to a Successful Retirement

Once, retirement meant hitting the golf course or sitting by the pool. The new retirement? Whatever you want it to be.<p>Look up <i>retire</i> in the dictionary …

How To Turn Your Retirement Savings Into Retirement Income

One of the most common questions we get from people about to retire is how to turn their retirement savings into retirement income. After all, for most of our life, retirement planning is about accumulating a nest egg. What to do with that nest egg when we actually retire is a whole different ball …

Why does ISIS keep making enemies?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Whenever ISIS carries out a new atrocity, whether it's beheading a group of Egyptian Christians or enslaving Yazidi women in Iraq or burning its victims alive, the big question most people have is: Why on Earth is ISIS doing this? What could possibly be the point?<p>Adding to your list of …