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Among the best stories from Retirement Daily for Aug. 19 - 23: Housing costs and assets, umbrella liability insurance, and a new ETF investing in the cannabis industry.

Housing will likely be the largest expense you face in retirement, adviser Keith Whitcomb writes this week in a guest column. And for many, a home will be their biggest asset when they retire. Whitcomb writes: "Your best retirement income strategy may include storing value in a home along with other financial products with different tax, payout, and market exposure profiles. Home ownership opens up a number of options to help you financially navigate through your retirement years. By taking a proactive planning approach early in life that is integrated into your asset accumulation and utilization plans, you can better position yourself to fund a number of housing arrangements as you age. If handled correctly, your home can provide not only shelter, but also bolster your financial security in retirement."

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And in case you missed them, here are more great stories from Retirement Daily:

Car Safety: Fill 'er up With a Smart Emergency Kit

Whether it's for a long road trip or a little trip to the grocery store, Jeanette Pavini has the list of things you need and want to have in your car for all kinds of emergencies.

Umbrella Liability Insurance in Retirement

Adviser Steven Podnos explains why umbrella liability insurance is important and how a good policy works to protect everything you've worked for.

Ask Bob: Using Retirement Funds for College Expenses

A reader is looking to use retirement savings for college costs without incurring penalties.

New Investments and Products for Retirement

The following are new investments that those saving for or living in retirement might consider for their portfolios. This week: A new ETF with exposure to the cannabis industry, and a product from Acquirers Funds that follows a 130/30 long/short strategy.

Ask Bob: Buying Real Estate With a Self-Directed IRA

Question: I am a small business owner and left my 401(k) with my previous employer. I had opened up a self-directed IRA with the intention of transferring this balance into it. I am planning to use that money as a down payment for multi-family real estate investments. I'm concerned about the volatility of this money as it sits in my current 401(k) account. If we were to experience a downturn, I could possibly lose a good part of that money that I'll need for a down payment. At 52, I don't have the time luxuries of a younger man. I don't currently contribute to any savings due to my small business ups and downs. Would you have any advice on what I could do to protect myself from an impending crash to hold on to most or all of this cash while I continue to search for the right property?

New Retirement Research

Here are some of the latest reports, surveys, and studies related to retirement, including research into alternative ways to receive retirement income, machines' impact on jobs, and Social Security and Medicare data.