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Retirees are facing challenges not seen in other generations. People are living longer, and potentially outliving their money, they are managing their own investments, and dealing with unforeseen health and family risks. Risks are unavoidable for the most savvy or inexperienced investor. How these risks are addressed and assessed will make a big difference in future retirement goals.

A new paper, How Well Do Retirees Assess the Risks They Face in Retirement, from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, addresses this very question and breaks it down into a lifecycle model of a typical retired household. Five risk categories are addressed, including:

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