Ready to Retire? Here's a Five-Year Pre-Retirement Plan.

Smart Money - Retirement planning, at its best, is about much more than the size of your nest egg. With that in mind, one of the smartest ways to prepare is to map out a to-do list, one that counts down to 'R' day.

Retirement planning, at its best, is about much more than the size of your nest egg. With that in mind, one of the smartest ways to prepare is to map out a to-do list, one that counts down to "R" day.

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We have compiled a checklist, in consultation with Deena Katz, an associate professor of personal financial planning at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, of things to do and consider over a five-year timeline before this crucial date.

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