A 10-Year Checklist For Retirement Planning

Ten years before you retire is a good time to start preparing so you're in great shape when the time comes. This checklist for retirement planning will help.

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Are you ready to retire? By 2030, one out of five Americans will be retirement age. Every Baby Boomer will be over 65, and the vanguard of Generation X will be close on their heels. If you’re on the back end of your fifties today, you’re in the final stretch of the rat race.

“This is the opportunity to correct any past mistakes and do the planning needed for a secure retirement,” says David John, senior strategic policy adviser at AARP’s Public Policy Institute in Washington D.C. “Even if you’ve done nothing, there’s still time to put yourself on a sounder footing.”

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David Rodeck
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Retirement Report