From American Dream To Middle-Class Nightmare

2018-12-16 14_25_36-Window“The American dream of a modest retirement after a lifetime of work now is a middle-class nightmare.” So concludes the author of a recent report from the National Institute on Retirement Security – and the author of today’s article expands on this conclusion, looking at just how retirement in America has gotten to this unfortunately place and how, “If the middle class keeps slipping, as we fear it will…The retirement dreams of millions of Americans may slip away forever and ever.” For more, CLICK HERE.

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Considerations For The Retirement Class Of 2019

2018-12-13 22_02_47-WindowIf you are preparing to retire next year, today’s article provides an overview of critical considerations, including matters relating to retirement expenses, health care (the “often-overlooked” retirement cost), Social Security strategizing, income strategies (and the tax implications of those income strategies), portfolio risk – and preparing emotionally for retirement as well as financially. For more, CLICK HERE.

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No Pension? No Problem With This Retirement Strategy

2018-12-09 23_00_19-Beautiful Spend Less Photos · Pexels · Free Stock PhotosThe findings of a recent study suggest that “retirees tend to reduce spending once they realize they are unprepared for how quickly expenses add up.” However, the study also found that certain subsets of retirees – such as retirees with pensions – spend considerably more than average, which the author of today’s article points to as reflecting “the power of predictable income”. Where does that leave retirees without pensions? The author highlights one strategy they can use to harness this power. CLICK HERE.

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How “Shadow” Banks Could Decimate Your Retirement

2018-12-09 22_47_09-Silhouette Photo of Woman · Free Stock PhotoIt has been 10 years since the housing crash of 2008, the fallout from which decimated the retirement accounts of many – and now one financial security expert is warning that “the danger of another crisis lurks despite assurances to the contrary.” She cautions that “The massive regulatory response to the subprime crisis meant that banks were no longer allowed to behave badly. So they have chosen to behave differently – and that’s not a good thing.” For more on this potential crisis developing in the shadows, CLICK HERE.

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How Behavioral Finance Can Help Your Future Self Retire Better

2018-12-05 20_28_06-HD photo by Garidy Sanders (@garidy_sanders) on UnsplashThe problem with investing and saving for retirement, according to the author of today’s article? “People are “psychologically ill-equipped” to invest in risk assets, even if they need to do so. They also don’t save very much for retirement, possibly because they don’t think they need to yet or because they can’t afford it.” This is where behavioral finance can make a difference. What is behavioral finance, how are behavioral finance concepts important to retirement planning, and what can behavioral finance teach us about how to better plan for retirement? CLICK HERE.

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The New Best Investment Choice For Retirees And Near-Retirees

2018-12-02 20_07_06-100+ Beautiful Financial Criss Photos · Pexels · Free Stock PhotosWhat’s the best investment choice right now for investors who are retired or nearing retirement (and thus are looking for reliable income)? The author of today’s article notes that, while income investors turned to investments such as high-yield bonds, master limited partnerships, high-yield dividend stocks and more in recent years, “Today’s best investment choice for investors in or near retirement just might be one they heavily favored before the financial crisis but ignored in recent years.” For more, CLICK HERE.

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Why “Yield-Hungry Retirees” May Want To Ditch Utility Stocks – And Consider These Stocks Instead

2018-12-02 20_01_22-20+ Amazing Utility Photos · Pexels · Free Stock PhotosWhen it comes to utility stocks, the author of today’s article notes that “Retirees have been favoring these stocks for years…and they have been handsomely rewarded.” But is it time for retirees to adjust their stance on utility stocks and look elsewhere for income? That’s the recommendation of the man behind a top-ranking newsletter. Why? And, if not utilities, which stocks does he recommend instead for “yield-hungry retirees”? CLICK HERE.

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Bull, Bear Or In-Between: When Is It Better To Retire?

2018-11-29 21_47_07-200+ Amazing Numbers Photos · Pexels · Free Stock PhotosAre you better off retiring in a bull market or a bear market? For those who have the option of retiring now while the good times are still here or waiting until things go south, this is an especially salient question. In today’s article, the author runs the numbers on retiring during a raging bull market versus retiring in a bear market, and shows why the latter may be better. For more – including some insights on retiring during times of uncertainty when there is neither a bull market nor a bear market – CLICK HERE.

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“Retiree Dream Stocks”: 3 High-Yield Picks For Conservative Investors From A Volatile Industry

2018-11-25 19_49_08-Dream Pictures · Pexels · Free Stock PhotosDespite the volatility associated with the oil industry – and the fact that oil prices have once again crashed into a bear market – the author of today’s article points out that there are still solid picks in this area for conservative investors, including retirees. He proceeds to highlight three blue-chip oil stocks with “attributes that make them high-yield retiree dream stocks, capable of delivering generous, safe and rising income even when oil prices crash.” For an in-depth look at these three stocks – and which one the author believes is the best of the bunch – CLICK HERE.

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Smart Investing For Your Retirement Accounts

2018-11-25 19_45_46-10+ Interesting Account Photos · Pexels · Free Stock PhotosHow should you invest your retirement accounts? With IRAs holding about $9 trillion and 401(k)s holding about $5 trillion, that is the critical question that today’s article tackles. In seeking to answer it, the author highlights the importance of intrinsic stock value, reinvested dividends (and tax deferral), diversification – and Warren Buffett. For more on investing your retirement accounts, CLICK HERE.

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