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CEO and Senior Adviser,
Retirement Planners of America
Ken Moraif, CFP, is the CEO and a Senior Adviser at Retirement Planners of America (RPOA), a Dallas-based wealth management and investment firm with over $4.3 billion in assets under management and serving over 8,800 households in 48 states (as of May 2019). RPOA has 14 offices in Texas, Arizona, California and Oklahoma. The firm's financial advisers work with pre-retirees and retirees, offering financial planning, investment management, family estate planning and income tax planning services. Since 1996, Ken has outlined retirement trends in his weekly radio show, "Money Matters with Ken Moraif," and he highlights investment strategies in his book, "Buy, Hold, and SELL!"
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How time flies. As the year quickly winds down, it's time to check a few items off your to-do list.
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Before you sell your house and buy that golf course condo or move down the street from your grandkids, take some time to try it out to see if reality lives up to the dream.