How can you earn $100,000 in retirement and only pay an effective tax rate of less than 3%? The author of today’s article outlines how, noting that “When it comes to your income, the government doesn’t tax every dollar equally. In fact, some dollars don’t get taxed at all. If you know the rules and are able to structure your income wisely, you could find yourself enjoying a high standard of living in retirement—without paying much tax at all.” For his “three-legged stool” strategy for accomplishing this, CLICK HERE.
Retirees face two possible worries, depending on how the market performs during their retirement: they could generate above-average returns and risk having underspent in retirement, or there’s the bigger worry: they could generate below-average returns and risk running out of money. In regards to the latter risk, today’s article outlines two research studies that provide retirees with techniques to reduce this sequence of return risk – and increase their chances of retirement success. For more, CLICK HERE.
After an extended period of near record-low volatility, the market has seen a number of marked declines in recent weeks. Market declines can be terrifying – especially for those just starting retirement. As the author of today’s article notes, “retirement success is influenced by the returns that an investor earns when their portfolio is largest (presumably right at retirement). Therefore, investors right around retirement are most at risk of stock market declines.” But how much should new retirees actually fear market declines? The author looks at how much new retirees are actually hurt by market declines – and the findings might surprise you. CLICK HERE for more.
With REITs being hammered by rising interest rates, the author of today’s article sought out REIT ETFs that attempt to mitigate the effect of rising rates – and found that no such funds currently exist. So, he went about building his own REIT ETF “that in theory responds better to interest rates, lowers volatility and eliminates ultra high yield companies to avoid chasing yield.” For the multi-step screen used – and the final 20 REITs that passed all the filters – CLICK HERE.
Much of the market volatility of late has been the result of concerns over inflation creeping up – and the prospect of the Federal Reserve continuing to raise interest rates in response. The author of today’s article looks at what rising rates mean for your money, depending on the positioning of your portfolio in terms of bonds and stocks. Will you lose money as interest rates rise? And what about the new tax law – shouldn’t that help your investments? For more, CLICK HERE.
“I think there should be a big difference between a retiree portfolio and a retirement portfolio,” argues the author of today’s article, noting that, while a retirement portfolio (held during the pre-retirement accumulation phase) should focus on growth first and foremost, a retiree portfolio (held in retirement) requires a shift in focus to income generation and lower volatility. He proceeds to highlight what he believes are the Top 10 stocks for a core retiree portfolio today. For these ten stocks, CLICK HERE.
If you have a 401(k) you are probably invested in gun stocks – and in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting and the ensuing debate over gun control, some 401(k) participants are looking to take a stand by divesting from such stocks. Today’s article outlines some considerations for individual investors before making such a move, including what options are available to them (such as “values-based” robo advisors) and whether dropping gun stocks is likely to result in one’s retirement savings taking a hit. For more, CLICK HERE.
In considering how the new tax law affects your finances, the author of today’s article advises not to neglect its potential impact on your life insurance, noting that the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made significant changes that impact the use of life insurance as an estate protection vehicle and modified the tax ramifications of selling a life insurance policy on the secondary market as part of a life settlement.” For how the TCJA may have reduced the need for some individuals to have life insurance – and how it may make selling a life insurance policy on the secondary market more appealing – CLICK HERE.
“Basically, retirees, whether they and their advisors realize it or not, are staring four problems squarely in the face: historically high stock valuations, low bond yields, increased longevity, and increasingly expensive health care,” states the author of today’s article in regards to the four problems that one financial advisor is calling “the four horsemen of the retirement apocalypse.” He proceeds to delve into each of these four issues – and identifies some possible strategies for countering them. For more, CLICK HERE.
While the author of today’s article believes that the bull market still has room to run, he advises that “it’s time for investors to think about how and when bull markets end, and what performs well during their twilight years.” He proceeds to examine groups that tend to do well in the late stages of a bull market, and highlights four specific stocks within those categories to consider – including a tech company that one analyst calls the “arms dealer in the memory race”. For more, CLICK HERE.