If there was one simple thing that you could do that could help you be better prepared financially for – and boost your confidence in your ability to maintain your desired lifestyle in – retirement, would you do it? Well, as today’s article highlights, there is such a thing – yet less than a quarter of Americans have done it. What is the undertaking in question (which involves putting pen to paper) – and how can you go about doing it? CLICK HERE to find out.
Qualified longevity annuity contracts (QLACs) are still a relatively new option on the retirement planning scene, but they may be an option worth considering when it comes to hedging against longevity risk, with the author of today’s article advising one to “think of [QLACs] as insurance against running out of money if you live to be very, very old, and as a possible alternative to long term care insurance.” To learn more about how QLACs work, CLICK HERE.
Approximately 10,000 baby boomers are retiring every day – and many may find that saving for retirement was actually the easy part, while the real challenge will be making sure that their nest eggs last as long as they do. Today’s article highlights one financial tool that may be of assistance to retirees who want to avoid running out of money – retirement income funds (also known as managed payout funds). What are retirement income funds – and what are their advantages and drawbacks compared to annuities? CLICK HERE to find out.
Whether a major market setback is imminent or still a ways off, the author of today’s article argues that “now is a good time to gauge how your retirement portfolio would likely hold up if the markets were to slump and make needed changes before a downturn occurs” – and he proceeds to outline a 3-step process for this. Are you more heavily invested in stocks than you think (and want) after eight years of gains? How can you ballpark the potential hit your portfolio will take during a major setback and determine what adjustments – if any – to make? CLICK HERE for more.
Steady income, conservative growth and diversification are the key offerings of the three exchange-traded funds for retirement highlighted in today’s article. The first ETF is a defensive dividend play, the second offers the prospect of conservative growth through broad exposure to the tech and telecom industries, and the third – a real-estate investment trust ETF – offers diversification thanks to real estate’s low correlation to the stock market. To find out what these three ETFs are and learn more about them, CLICK HERE.
How can real estate, Latin America and beer help fund your retirement? Through dividends! Today’s article highlights three dividend-paying stocks – a real-estate investment trust that has increased its dividend for more than 27 consecutive years, a beer maker that analysts expect will continue to grow earnings by at least 15% annually for the next five years, and a Latin American e-commerce specialist that – while offering a paltry yield right now – is positioned for substantial growth (and has the free cash flow to increase its payout seven-fold right now). To find out what these three stocks are, CLICK HERE.
If your goal is to become a millionaire retiree, the author of today’s article recommends seeking out “stocks that consistently generate strong returns, and allow your gains to compound for decades” – and points to real estate investment trusts as being particularly good picks in this regard, noting that, due to their tax benefits, “REITs work twice as well in retirement accounts.” He proceeds to highlight two REITs to consider as they are plays on two trends that are only going to accelerate from here: the growth of cloud storage and the aging of the population. To read more, CLICK HERE.
He became determined at an early age to achieve financial independence by age 37 – and now, at age 26 and with a net worth of approximately $150,000, he is on track to do just that. In today’s article, the so-called Money Wizard shares his savings strategy that he expects will result in $750,000 by the time he is 37, even if he never gets another raise at work! What is the Money Wizard’s primary investment goal each year? Why doesn’t he have an emergency fund? What does he call “the smartest investment I ever made”? CLICK HERE to find out.
It’s a nice problem to have, but a problem nonetheless: What do you do with your windfall if you have received – or are expecting to receive – a large inheritance? Today’s article tackles the complexities of this issue, noting that “even if you have a lot of investing experience, there are plenty of tax and legal pitfalls that can trip you up.” How can you go about building a team to help you manage your inheritance? How does what you’ve inherited affect what the best thing to do with that inheritance is? And why does the author recommend a “spending timeout” following an inheritance? CLICK HERE to find out.
Income investors who bought Mattel stock due to its attractive 6% yield were crushed when the company recently announced a dramatic 61% dividend cut. For those who want to avoid becoming the victims of such “dividend disasters” themselves, the author of today’s article outlines a 3-step test to employ when it comes to dividend-paying stocks. To learn more about this test – including which industries the author states income investors should generally be staying away from right now (and how to identify the exceptions within those industries) – CLICK HERE.