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5 strategies to pay off student loan debt and save for retirement

Should you pay off student loans before saving for retirement? If you're struggling with this decision, you're in an interesting spot – but not an uncommon one. More and more, people are finding themselves stuck between their student debt and their retirement goals, with an astounding 2.8 million people ages 60 and older still paying off student debt today. And when the average American can expect to spend 21 years paying off their student loans, saving for retirement can seem like a lofty aspiration.

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How to retire early: 4 tips a financial professional wants you to know

It's the great American dream – to say goodbye to the working world before you receive your AARP card. Some people are making it happen, too. On one side of the spectrum, people are joining the FIRE movement (Financial Independence, Retire Early) which champions the goal to save 50% or more of your income in your 20s or 30s so you can retire before 50 or even earlier. Others that are closer to retirement are reevaluating what retirement means altogether – and instead working toward financial freedom that allows them to work less or change careers.

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Are variable annuities part of your retirement plan?

These days, with people living longer, pensions becoming a thing of the past, and the future of Social Security provoking uncertainty, securing guaranteed income has never been more critical. But how do you turn your hard-earned assets into lifetime income? Variable annuities can help.

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The benefits of life insurance: What you need to know

Life insurance is a symbol of dedication to the people we care about – empowering people to protect their loved ones while benefitting financially throughout their life. Despite the advantages of life insurance, only half of Americans have life insurance coverage, while 40% of those with insurance wish they would have purchased coverage younger, according to a 2020 study by LIMRA. Many people discover too late that life insurance can support their financial goals while they're alive. The younger you are, the more benefits you can enjoy.

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