Oldest Workers: Why We Refuse To Retire?

At 102 years old, Loren Wade is one of the oldest workers in America.

For the past 30 years, he has worked at Wal-Mart’s Winfield, Kansas store. Currently, he works 32 hours a week as an associate in the lawn and garden department, doing everything from stocking the shelves and running the cash register to helping customers pick out flowers for their garden.

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  • Name: Betty Reid Soskin
  • Age: 93

Betty Reid Soskin has been an office worker, a record store owner and a political staffer. But it wasn’t until she was well into her 80s that she found her dream job.

 

Seven years ago, she became a park ranger at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, Calif. Three times a week, she shares with visitors what it was like to work in a segregated union hall during World War II — how she never saw herself as a “Rosie” since black women weren’t hired to do the same work as white women.

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  • Name: Kenneth Curzon
  • Age: 91

In a career that has spanned many decades, Kenneth Curzon has done everything from managing service centers at car dealerships to acting as Smokey the Bear for the U.S. Forest Service. He’s also a World War II veteran who witnessed D-Day from the beaches of Normandy as a member of the British forces.

But for the past 24 years he has been running the parking services at Scripps Memorial Hospital, which sees more than 3,000 vehicles come in and out every day.

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She must raise cash and cut losses to retire

A self-employed art therapist in Toronto, wants to retire in 5 years but she is already dipping into her savings by about $1,000 a month to stay afloat

Situation: Woman with budget in red faces shriveling income when she gives up her business

Solution: Get more income out of properties by increasing rentals, pay off mortgage, invest cash

Read the full article here: Financial Post

From Andrew Allentuck

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Retirement: Make The Best Of Your First 100 Days

An incoming president focuses on using his political capital to make his mark in the first 100 days of his administration. An executive in a new leadership role tries to gain traction in the first 90 days to add the value she was hired for. A good start can make or break a career.

In Michael Watkins’s book “Your First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter” he explains how a new position, particularly one involving a promotion, often requires different skills than the ones that got you there.

For example, a manager with great attention to detail may falter in a director position where his team feels micromanaged. Transitions can be uncomfortable, since those involved are navigating uncharted territory.

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Finding Happiness in Retirement

Finding happiness in retirement is no different. The concepts Watkins outlines on managing transitions can be applied to the ultimate transition — leaving the workforce and entering retirement.

Read the full article here: Forbes

From Nancy Anderson.

Why your TFSA is just what your over-taxed RRIF needs

As RRSP season closes and many Canadians prepare for tax time, a CBC Marketplace investigation reveals that financial advisers at some of Canada’s top banks and firms are giving consumers inaccurate, misleading and inappropriate advice.

Meanwhile, consumers face a complicated patchwork of regulatory bodies if they want to complain about bad investment advice, as some investor rights groups call for more robust consumer protection rules.

Read the full article here: Financialpost

From Fred Vettese.

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Investments – What Would October Be Without Some Market Volatility?

Well before we start running for the hills let’s look at where we have come from to see if we can crystal ball where we are going.

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Since the market last bottomed out in 2009, Canadian and U.S. Markets have rallied on an accumulated basis over 110% and 200% respectively. During that 5 year period of extraordinary growth, we have endured US political deadlock, the Greek default of 2010, Eurozone crisis in 2011 and now we have the conflicts in the Middle East, Russia acting as a bully and slowing economies in Russia and China.

Countering that is:

  1. Steady growth in the U.S. and record low jobless claims with falling prices (in the U.S. anyway) at the gas pumps.
  2. The investment funds we recommend continue to produce positive return in 2014 following their very strong 2013 returns.

So what does this mean?

In my opinion this is a normal and healthy correction necessary when markets tend to get ahead of themselves.

Our fund managers actually anticipated this event and recently moved to more defensive positions in their portfolios.

In other words – it is business as usual and we continue to be satisfied with your fund allocations and management.

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