Help planning for, and living in, retirement

Retirement is personal. And, whether yours is years away, happening soon or you’ve already retired, shifting from retirement saving to retirement spending is a big change. We can help you plan for that.

Image portraying Your retirement age: What’s the best time to stop working?

Your retirement age: What’s the best time to stop working?

Have you ever wondered why age 65 is considered the “normal retirement age”? What if you plan to retire earlier—or later? Here’s how to time it just right.

4 minute read

Image portraying This couple dreamed big of a downsized life on the water. They took a few risks and delayed retirement to make it happen.

This couple dreamed big of a downsized life on the water. They took a few risks and delayed retirement to make it happen.

The Dipperys followed a common retirement path when they downsized their Seattle home. They just happened to end up on a 60-foot boat called the Copasetic.  

7 minute read

Image portraying How one man's simple money habits allowed him to retire early

How one man's simple money habits allowed him to retire early

Mark Timmerman's early retirement is teaching high school students the simple money habits that saved his family from ruin.

9 minute read

Image portraying This retired couple kept working and stayed home. But from their view, they’re sitting on top of the world.

This retired couple kept working and stayed home. But from their view, they’re sitting on top of the world.

The Pressleys achieved retirement through hard work and a mix of savings and investment. But they are also part of the fastest growing group in the labor force, those working in retirement.

9 minute read

Image portraying 5 habits the happiest retirees share

5 habits the happiest retirees share

Find out what the happiest retirees from a recent survey had in common. Learning from their example may help you move toward retirement with more confidence and less worry.

4 minute read

Image portraying Watching over the community is this retiree’s volunteer passion

Watching over the community is this retiree’s volunteer passion

Bill Warren worked and saved so he could devote his retirement to watching over his community. 

6 minute read

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  • Got a financial professional? They can help you figure out your next steps. If you’d like to meet with one face-to-face, we’ll help you find one.

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