After sitting at near-record lows for quite some time, market volatility is back – and investors are contending with the question of what this means for them. Older investors nearing retirement (and who don’t have the luxury of time on their side) may be feeling especially anxious. On top of that, there is the question of where to turn for advice in these choppy markets: a financial advisor or robo advisors. The author of today’s article believes that “the February correction is a natural occasion to explore how advice by algorithm compares with human-provided financial advice in times of high anxiety” – and proceeds to do just that. CLICK HERE.
The retirement financing strategy highlighted in today’s article is sometimes referred to as “safety first” – a notion that may be taking on even greater importance for retirement savers in light of recent market gyrations. The strategy in question is the “floor-and-upside” strategy, where “the basic idea…is that a retiree devotes some of her retirement funding assets to building a lifetime stream of income and the remainder to an investment portfolio to provide liquidity and the possibility of increasing wealth over time.” For more on this strategy, CLICK HERE.
If you are in the pre-retirement accumulation phase, the recent market selloffs offer an opportunity to purchase your future retirement dividend income at a bargain. As such, the author of today’s article screened the list of dividend champions, using a number of criteria to identify quality dividend companies that may be worthy of further consideration by bargain-hunting retirement accumulators. For the 30 dividend champions that passed the screen, CLICK HERE.
Today’s article outlines a mutual fund portfolio for aggressive retirement savers – i.e. investors who are still many years away from retirement (or who are closer to retirement but already have their in-retirement income needs covered). As the author notes, these individuals can “reasonably hold more in potentially more volatile subasset classes, such as small-cap stocks and foreign stocks and bonds… With less concern for short-term portfolio gyrations, they can benefit from the extra diversification and potentially higher returns that these subasset classes can provide.” For more on the Aggressive Retirement Saver portfolio, CLICK HERE.
The common belief about retirement assets is that they are systematically drawn down by retirees over the course of their retirement. However, it turns out that this may not actually be the case. Today’s article highlights a surprising research finding: most current retirees, across all wealth levels, have been holding onto the bulk of their retirement savings, even 20 years into retirement. What accounts for this “unexpected resiliency of retirement assets” – and is it likely to remain the case for future retirees? CLICK HERE for more.
The author of today’s article calls it “the biggest demographic tidal wave ever to sweep the U.S.”: the retirement of the baby boomers. And within that massive trend is another significant trend that investors can cash in on: the boomer rental wave, as boomers drive demand for rental units. The author proceeds to highlight three real-estate investment trusts “with buildings right where these downsizing boomers want to be” – and which offer the prospect of attractive payout growth going forward. For more, CLICK HERE.
When it comes to building a healthy retirement portfolio, the authors of today’s article note that it’s important to have a mix of investments covering a variety of asset classes and industries – and to include both growth stocks and value stocks. They proceed to highlight three of the latter – value stocks – that may be ideal picks for retirement accounts. For these three stocks – an e-commerce stock, a top utility stock, and a semiconductor stock – CLICK HERE.
The importance of diversification in financial planning is constantly emphasized – and generally accepted. However, the author of today’s article notes that “when you look at those who achieve the greatest wealth or have the greatest impact, virtually none of them ever diversify…or at least, not throughout most of their years.” He proceeds to examine how different diversification strategies – represented by redwood trees, bushes and pear trees – can affect one’s wealth (and retirement savings). For more, CLICK HERE.
The single biggest risk you face in retirement may be that you will outlive your nest egg – and the author of today’s article warns that Wall Street’s solution to this risk – the 4% withdrawal rule – is fatally flawed. Instead, his solution is to “build a retirement portfolio with an outsized dividend yield.” Why does he argue that building such a portfolio requires purging one’s portfolio of “the ‘sacred cows’ that look safe but actually drain your returns” – and where does he recommend looking instead? CLICK HERE.
Is 2.6 the new 4? When it comes to your financial plan’s safe withdrawal rate in the low-return environment that many institutions are forecasting for traditional asset classes going forward, that may be the case. However, rather than just accepting lower withdrawal rates, there may be things investors can do to overcome this situation. Today’s article offers a number of ideas in that regard – “a diversified set of marginal improvements that taken together can compound and have a large impact on investor results.” To read more, CLICK HERE.