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Good Enough Mother, Prudential and The Eagles: How to “Take It Easy” In Retirement!


Good Enough Mother, Prudential and The Eagles:
How to “Take It Easy” In Retirement!



This is a sponsored post with SheSpeaks and Prudential. All opinions are my own.

What do The Eagles, Octoberfest and figuring out how to protect your retirement all have in common? Well, that perfect storm came together recently as all three converged in Newark, New Jersey with Prudential taking the opportunity to share in the fun while conveying  a very important message.

Octoberfest, y’all!

The plaza ready to host all the fun!


The Alliance for Lifetime Income Virtual Reality Booth!

Amid the hay bales, games and beer, Prudential, a founding member of the The Alliance for Lifetime Income gave folks a chance to have a little fun in the virtual reality booth, in an effort to see what kind of retirement we might like to carve out for ourselves. I did it and it was pretty amazing as I swam with the sharks, but a story for another day.

I had a chance to ask Bill Raczko of Prudential what he thought of it as well as well as what we can do to retire our risk in retirement.


Rene and Bill Raczko/Prudential 
(This is a sponsored video for Prudential)

The Lifetime Fan booth where we took some crazy pics!


Like… this one!

The mood was light and fun and people had a blast and isn’t that the way we would like to spend the rest of our lives? I don’t know about you, but this is exactly how I see myself in retirement; travel, concerts and lots and lots of fun!

But how can I make sure that happens? What’s that going to cost? Do I have enough money to do those things? Sure, I’ve been saving for retirement since I was 20 and working my first, real job. But now, 35 years later, it’s time to give some serious thought to how I will spend it and will it last?

As I have mentioned before, I learned quite a bit  from my Prudential Financial Professional Meg. One thing I learned is that women live longer than men. Women are more likely to be single later in life.  Marriage patterns have changed over the last few decades.  Divorce has become more prevalent, and more women are choosing to remain single. (Source: Cruz, Julisa, “Marriage: More Than a Century of Change” (FP13-13), National Center for Family & Marriage, 2013). And that’s a good thing, right? But check this out; if I stop working at 65 but live until 95, that’s ⅓ of my life in retirement where I am not making the income I did while I was working!

So as you can see, it’s not just about having a retirement plan; it’s also about having an INCOME plan and one that is insulated from the volatilities of life.

Here’s more from Prudential SVP Melissa Kivett:

Melissa Kivett/Prudential 
(This is a sponsored video for Prudential)

Okay, duly noted. So it’s not just about having a pile of cash; it’s about making sure that we can generate a “paycheck” with our money. An income strategy.

That’s where annuities come in. Annuities are investment tools that provide a reliable, protected, steady stream of income for you while in retirement. Having a protected source of income can almost be like a risk-free, “paycheck” of sorts.

There is so much unpredictability in life, doesn’t it just make sense to mitigate what we can?

I know you guys expect me to shoot straight with you so here’s my advice: If you have any questions about whether you are on track for retirement or if you’ll have enough money in your “golden years” click this link and set up an appointment to talk with a Prudential Financial Professional. If you want to read up on annuities and other questions about retirement, before making an appointment,  you can always check out this page.

So go ahead, make those plans.. Dream big but make sure you have a way to keep your feet on the ground while you continue to chase those dreams!

Talk to a Prudential Financial Professional about how to make this happen for you.. And tell them I sent you!



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