What Used To Be, Is No Longer

Retirement PlanThings change with time. Technology has changed over the decades and even in the past few years. Clothing has changed (thank goodness, although I think the 80s may be making a comeback) over the years. And even the standards of retirement have changed. Gone are the days of knowing exactly when you’ll retire because it doesn’t always work like that anymore. Today’s article gives five new realities of retirement, here’s one, “The traditional career path is a relic of the past. The experience of a decades-long full-time job that is followed by full-time retirement is now the exception rather than the rule. Instead, many employees are leaving work in their 50s and taking lower paying temporary jobs for several years before full retirement. People in this stage of their working life have different attitudes and expectations compared to full-time employees, which presents new challenges and opportunities for both management and workers.” To read all of them, CLICK HERE.

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Bull Or Bear? Or Is There No Way In Telling What May Come?

RollercoasterA roller coaster ride could be used for the way experts discuss what this year could bring for the stock market. First it’s looking like it could be bearish, now it looks like it could be bullish. Today’s article presents that case that despite the shaky start to the year, it may be a bullish year after all. Here’s what they had to say, “Although US stock markets have had a volatile start to the year so far, there is a powerful bullish case to be made for US stocks again in 2015.  At least that is what Wall Street is forecasting.  Stock market strategists are moderately bullish in their forecasts for 2015 with the average expected gain of 8% for the S&P 500 index.” To read more, CLICK HERE.

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Retirement Savings You Can Do Now

iStock_000036148376_SmallRetirement may be a long way off for you but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start saving now. Today’s article discusses seven ways you can kick your retirement savings into gear. Here’s one, “Save part of windfalls. Each time you get a raise, bonus, tax refund or other windfall of cash, tuck at least a portion of it away for retirement. If you put the money in a traditional 401(k) or IRA, this will additionally reduce the income tax you owe on the influx of cash.” To read more, CLICK HERE.

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Being Ready For Retirement As A Woman

Senior Couple Calculating Budget Are you a woman all set to retire? If you are, congratulations, you are one of the few that have complete confidence in retiring. Today’s article focuses on retirement for women. “Many women have a “quiet fear” that they won’t have enough money for retirement, but they can take several steps to make sure that doesn’t happen. “The key is to continue earning throughout retirement and to find ways to create income for life,” says Donna Phelan, 62, who has worked with thousands of women nationwide during her 18 years with several large Wall Street investment firms.” To read more, CLICK HERE.

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Though Stocks Fall, Is There Hope?

Wall St BullIs the bull market finished? Will the bear come charging in? Or is this just a hiccup? Today’s article explains what has happened so far this year and what the future may hold. Here’s what they had to say, “Investors worry that the oil-price drop is a sign of economic weakness in Europe and Asia, which could weigh on U.S. growth. Expectations for strong growth in the U.S. helped fuel the latest stock market advance, which brought benchmarks to record levels as recently as Dec. 29.” To read more, CLICK HERE.

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Are Energy Stocks A Good Pick?

Oil-drumsIf you’ve thought about investing in energy stocks, now may be the time. Today’s article discusses how investors feel about the prospect. “Energy sector earnings are seen down 19.6 percent in the fourth quarter, according to Thomson Reuters data; on Oct. 1, the consensus estimate was for growth of 6.4 percent. While the flip in expectations is bearish, analysts say the dramatic decline in the stocks means some investors are going to start looking for buying opportunities. “It won’t surprise anyone to see profits fall, so if you have no exposure this is a good time to step in,” said Scott Wren…” To read more, CLICK HERE.

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