Among the best stories from Retirement Daily for Aug. 13 - 17: Retirement planning checklists, the latest news, dividend investing, and some of the prettiest U.S. towns to retire in.

Checklists can really be helpful. Guest contributor Mitch Fryling offers some pre-retirement suggestions that can help you align your retirement planning. "Retirement planning doesn't have to be complicated, but it does take a bit of work," he writes. He shares some of the basic tasks that you should consider at a few key milestones -- five years from retirement, three years and a year ahead of your target date, along with explanations, options and a handy planning list. Read more in Getting Close? Here's Your Retirement Checklist.

And in case you missed them, here are some more highlights from Retirement Daily this week.

Weekly Briefing: Latest Retirement News (Aug. 16 2018)

This week in the world of retirement-related news: support for the proposed Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act of 2018, survey shows many Americans still don't have much saved for their retirement, and the unpredictability of actual retirement dates.

Investing For Retirement: Are Dividends a Death Trap?

Lee Munson, the chief Investment officer at Portfolio Wealth Advisors, says stick to total return -- but you can include solid asset classes that happen to pay out big dividends.

Some of the Prettiest U.S. Towns to Retire In

Are you dreaming of retiring to a quaint town on a lake or beach? Maybe a historic, walkable college town or a charming village nestled in the mountains?

Ask Bob: Calculating the Best Time to Claim Social Security Benefits

A reader wants to know about spousal benefits and the best strategy for filing for Social Security benefits for he and his wife.

New Investments and Products for Retirement (Aug. 14 2018)

Pacer Funds has launched Pacer US Export Leaders ETF (PEXL), which aims to capture global market growth. Here are some more new investments that those saving and or living in retirement might consider for their portfolios. We've included commentary from advisers about the investments, as well.

Ask Bob: Should I Use My RMD to Pay Off My Mortgage?

A reader, still working, wants to know if they should use their required minimum distribution to pay off the mortgage.

New Retirement Research (Aug. 13 2018)

Here are some of the latest reports, surveys, and studies related to retirement, including research on how people can avoid becoming victims of financial crimes, and regulatory strategies for robo-advisers.