Category: Reitrement Planning

6 Reasons Why You Should Never Retire

6 Reasons Why You Should Never Retire is a recent article for US News and World Report.

Here is their short list:

1. There is no physical reason to retire.

2. Continued work can support healthy aging, including better physical and mental health.

3. Well-being and happiness are boosted when people are engaged in challenging and meaningful activities. Work is a major place to find such activities in our society.

4. Older people have rich experience and mentoring skills to help enrich the workplace experiences of younger colleagues.

5. Declining numbers of younger workers, courtesy of lower fertility rates, will raise the need to retain older employees in the workforce.

6. We need and like the money, and shorter retirements sharply cut the risk we will outlive our assets.

My take is most people don’t really have a working definition of “retirement”. For some, they have spent 30 years of complaining about a job they hated-sometimes they have not been very proactive in seeking a remedy. Retirement today is such a nebulous term-retire to what? My personal experience has been as humans, we need, passion, goals and a sense of accomplishment. Without this-we die!

What are your thoughts-will you just “retire” someday!

Kodak’s Bankruptcy

I for one am surprised that Kodak was able to hang on this long before filing for bankruptcy. All of there missteps will make a fabulous case study for Harvard MBA students! But the real pain is going to be felt by retiree’s who will see their benefits cut and current employees who have seen their 401-k’s gutted.

Kodak recently notified it’s retired employee’s that their health care benefits would end and they are elgible for Medicare. This will save Kodak about $20.5 million a year-is this the same medicare system that we the tax payers will be bailing out? Kodak has told it’s retiree’s that the cost to them will be “minimal” and maybe even cheaper than they are paying now….Really?

An organization of 3,000 Kodak retirees, known as EKRA, promised legal action. They said:

“EKRA believes that Kodak’s motion to terminate the retiree health plan conflicts with the bankruptcy statute protections limiting the alteration of certain benefit plans during bankruptcy,” EKRA President Bob Volpe said in a statement. “EKRA advisors will request that the judge require Kodak to negotiate with EKRA and representatives of the affected retirees to reach a more appropriate arrangement.”

My heart goes out to those employees who thought they were set for life-this is just another reminder that at the end of the day we all have to plan for the unexpected when it comes to financial matters.







Breakfast in Breckenridge Colorado

This Friday, March 23rd, 2007 come and have breakfast with me in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado. The time is 9AM-11AM at Taddeo’s Italiano Restaurante, located at Main Street Station in Breckenridge. I will be speaking on retirement planning strategies as part of The Tasty Breakfast Speaker Series sponsored by The Summit Foundation.

The Summit Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents and guests of Summit County and neighboring communities. This is a very cool organization which supports nonprofit organizations in Summit County. The Summit Foundation raises over $1,000,000 annually to support great organizations from Boy Scouts, Advocates for Victims of Assault and Early Childhood Options to name a few! Their goal is to assist those in need with a “hand up” rather than a “hand out.” I’m honored to participate in their breakfast series of speakers.

If you are in the Breckenridge, Colorado area this Friday please come have breakfast with me and say hi-the cost is $12 bucks for breakfast and the presentation. For more information call the Summit Foundation at 453-5970. See you Friday! Thanks to the Summit Daily News for their mention of the Summit Foundation professional speaker series!
Steve Mertz
Summit Foundation Speaker
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