August 2016

The Retirement Plan Lawsuit Wave

There have been a mounting number of class-action lawsuits of late over the retirement savings plans offered by corporations and institutions such as universities. Against this backdrop, today’s article examines some of the main allegations at the heart of many of these lawsuits, thus identifying ways in which plan sponsors can shortchange retirement savers in general. From excessive fees, to… 

New IRS Guidance Could Save Your Nest Egg

“This is a big deal and it will help a lot of people,” declares a certified public accountant in today’s article on the Internal Revenue Service’s easing of a rule that previously had retirement savers who exceeded the 60-day window for IRA rollovers face substantial taxes and penalties. Under the new relaxed guidance, retirement savers who do not roll over… 

Safety First: 10 Bear-Market-Safe Dividend Stocks For Retirees

The current bull market is the second-longest in history and has continued to reach new highs of late, but as today’s article acknowledges, sooner or later all good things must come to an end. As such, it highlights 10 high-quality dividend stocks that retirees might want to have in their portfolios when the good times do end, as they are… 

Alternatives To Traditional Long-Term Care Insurance

When it comes to traditional long-term care insurance, the author of today’s article acknowledges that “for the typical retired couple in the United States, $3,200 a year is a meaningful expense. Especially when they are paying for something that they might never use.” As such, he provides an overview of how the insurance industry has changed over the last several… 

Programming Your Retirement GPS

Of the retirement savings of American retirees and soon-to-be retirees the author of today’s article cites that “over half (54%) of “Boomers & Seniors” report savings and investments that fall far short of the typical yardsticks for their age group.” While the usual recommendations for individuals in this position are well-known (e.g. work longer), the author suggests a more “unusual”… 

The Perfect ETF-Based Retirement Strategy?

The author of today’s article highlights three ETFs that, together, he believes provide the perfect retirement strategy. How? One invests in short-term, investment-grade bonds, one invests in high-yielding dividend stocks, and one invests in the top growing companies in the S&P 500. Here’s what the author has to say: “With a three-pronged strategy of bond, dividend growth, and capital growth-focused… 

Retirement Don’ts And Don’ts

“How can I avoid making poor decisions that seem right at the time but will come back to bite me?” This is the question the author of today’s article believes is the real question we should be asking ourselves as we get closer to – and enter into – retirement. As such, he outlines five don’ts for pre-retirees and retirees… 

3 Retirement Stocks To Consider

Not excessively risky. Strong and growing dividends. The potential to appreciate over the long run. These are three of the characteristics investors look for when choosing retirement stocks and, as such, are true of the stocks highlighted in today’s article in which the three contributors each identify a retirement stock they believe readers should consider buying this month. To find… 

Being A Homebody With Your 401(k): A Bad Idea?

“Among investors, familiarity…breeds comfort. And that can be dangerous,” states today’s article which cautions against allowing the company you work for to build up a concentrated position in your 401(k). Why does the author view this as “piling risk upon risk”, what cautionary examples – such as that of Kinder Morgan – does he point to as making his case,… 

Cliffs Notes On “The Truth About Retirement”

There’s a new special on retirement – The Truth About Retirement – that begins airing on public television stations this month that the author of today’s article recommends tuning into. The program, from financial planner Ric Edelman, focuses on investing, Social Security claiming and estate planning strategies for a secure retirement. However, if you want a sneak peek (or just…