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Retirement Income: The 3 Keys to Having Enough

By Dan Caplinger – Feb 9, 2014 at 9:45AM

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You can boost your income in retirement by paying attention to three key areas. Find out what they are here.

After people retire, running out of money is a constant worry. But by taking steps during your career to shore up your three key sources of retirement income, you can go a long way toward guaranteeing yourself a secure retirement.

In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, goes through the three keys to having enough retirement income: Social Security, pensions, and investment income. Dan notes that having a successful 35-year career is the best way to maximize Social Security benefits, but that many can also take advantage of other retirement-income opportunities. Pensions have become less common lately, but they're still available to some workers, and knowing how they work can help you make more from them. Finally, Dan notes that investment income plays a key role, discussing the role that 3M (MMM 1.20%), McDonald's (MCD -0.54%), Aflac (AFL -0.15%), and other dividend-paying stocks can play in building an income-producing portfolio.

Dan Caplinger has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends 3M, Aflac, and McDonald's and owns shares of McDonald's. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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