If you’re one of the (too) many Americans that have too little – or nothing at all – in the way of retirement savings, a simple strategy that could boost your savings by $800,000 (and possibly even more) sounds like something worth having a look at – and that’s exactly what the author of today’s article outlines. And while getting the maximum benefit from this strategy requires having many years until retirement, it can still make a significant difference for those close to retirement. For more on this “win with small steps” strategy, CLICK HERE.
“Owning a home is wonderful, but don’t bank on real estate as your chief retirement investment,” advises the author of today’s article, which looks at the reality when it comes to looking to real estate as a source of retirement riches. What’s the problem with banking on homes for retirement income – especially given the fact that many people have seen big gains from buying starter homes? For more, CLICK HERE.
The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act – or SECURE Act – has been overwhelmingly approved by the U.S. House of Representatives as a purported means of improving retirement savings options. In today’s article, a financial planner with 20 years of experience looks at how the SECURE Act, which, among other things, raises the age for required withdrawals from retirement accounts, would impact retirement savers and how it differs from the retirement legislation being proposed in the Senate (The Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act). For more, CLICK HERE.
New research from well-known, Boston-based money management firm GMO has an important warning for retirement savers of all ages when it comes to their glide paths (the gradual reduction in one’s allocation to equities as they get closer to – and then enter –retirement). As today’s article outlines, the research indicates that “No matter how young you are, chances are that you are too heavily invested in equities.” What is the potential flaw in how glide paths have been determined up until now – and what might more appropriate glide paths look like? CLICK HERE.
Robots and a smart fridge keeping you from having to go into a nursing home. Some new (and simple) math for retirement saving. New alternatives to purchasing long-term care insurance. The retirement community of the future. There are among what may be the best new ideas in retirement as, thanks to increasing longevity and the changing nature of work, traditional “institutions, financial instruments and even our vocabulary no longer seem adequate to cope with the challenges of retirement.” For more on these retirement innovations, CLICK HERE.
When it comes to retirement versus financial independence, the author of today’s article sees “both as interchangeable, because in essence, in both cases folks are having the financial flexibility to live life to their own terms, not being chained to a desk or a job they may dislike. In both situations, you have the option to leave one endeavor and focus on another one.” He proceeds to outline the three “main ingredients that allow you to reach financial independence” and the specific investing technique he has chosen to employ in his pursuit of financial independence: dividend growth investing. For more, CLICK HERE.
It’s an important decision with potentially major consequences: how much do you take out of your portfolio each year when you retire. Take out too much and you risk running out of money down the line; take out too little and you are foregoing a better retirement lifestyle and experiences. In today’s article, the author runs some hypothetical numbers illustrating the potential impact of this tradeoff – and outlines some options for dealing with it. For more, CLICK HERE.
A critical part of retirement planning is figuring out how much you will need to have accumulated to fund your golden years – and one common approach to calculating this figure is to use a multiple of your ending salary. Fidelity, for example, recommends retirement savers have 10 times their ending salary saved by age 67. And while different entities have put forth different numbers, one global professional services firm put forward a jaw-dropping finding in its recent report on the matter. Does the average retiree actually need 16.4 times their ending salary to fully fund their retirement? CLICK HERE.
When it comes to investing according to environmental, social, or corporate governance (ESG) standards, today’s article notes that “While returns can vary from year to year, ethical investors tend to perform better than investors who don’t use social or “sustainable” principles.” Thus, it is possible to generate good returns in your retirement portfolio while doing good with your retirement portfolio. But where to start in locating funds with ESG goals that have track records of strong performance? The author identifies some useful resources. For more, CLICK HERE.
The author of today’s article likens them to an “elite Navy SEALs team of retirement savers”: those with $1 million or more in their 401(k). And after membership in this elite group decreased in the final months of last year as volatility in the stock market took its toll, the number of 401(k) millionaires ticked back up in the first quarter of this year. So what does it take to become a 401(k) millionaire? The author lays it out, noting that “even if you never join this elite group, the boot camp-like discipline its members practice can still leave you in better shape for retirement.” For more, CLICK HERE.