Despite renewed strength in – and interest in owning – gold, the author of today’s article believes that few people have a good understanding of why the precious metal behaves the way it does – and thus what role (if any) it has to play in an investment portfolio. As such, he proceeds to examine the case for and against gold. What do people get wrong about gold? When might gold make sense for investors – and what does he argue is the better investment for those who want to hedge against dollar weakness? CLICK HERE.
With the average life expectancy in the U.S. approaching 80 years, the long-advised strategy of shifting away from riskier (but higher-returning) assets like stocks and towards safer (but lower-returning) assets like bonds as you near retirement is not without its own risk: the risk of running out of money. The trick to navigating this risk/reward quandary, according to today’s article, is “balancing investing safely with the need for returns that keep up with, or better yet, beat inflation.” How can those approaching retirement go about accomplishing this? CLICK HERE.
Which is the better choice for retirees (or any other income investor): building a portfolio of individual dividend stocks or buying a dividend exchange-traded fund? The author of today’s article argues that, “while total return is certainly a very important consideration, there are a number of other factors that can swing the decision one way or the other” – and proceeds to highlight these factors through a comparison of one particular dividend ETF and a portfolio of dividend stocks. To read more, CLICK HERE.
What’s more important (and therefore which should you be focusing on more): saving or investing? The answer, according to the author of today’s article, is that it depends. Specifically, the author outlines how the answer to this question depends on where you are in your investment life cycle. What simple calculation does the author suggest for determining whether you should be focusing on saving or investing right now? CLICK HERE.
When it comes to determining how much to spend from a retirement portfolio each year, the author of today’s article states that, while there is no perfect strategy, “there are many perfectly fine spending strategies. So the goal is to understand the pros and cons of each strategy, then pick the one that suits you and move on with your life.” He proceeds to outline the spectrum of retirement spending strategies, the advantages and disadvantages of the various options – and two principles that hold true regardless of which strategy you choose. To read more, CLICK HERE.
“We’ve invented a new approach to money management,” claims Matt Fellowes, Founder and CEO of United Income – which is pitching itself as a one-stop shop for helping Americans tackle all of the difficult financial questions that surround retirement. What does United Income’s comprehensive, personalized, “big data” approach to retirement planning offer that other firms, online retirement calculators and financial planning software don’t, according to Fellowes? CLICK HERE to find out.
Are your savings working as hard for you as they can? Noting that “if you don’t save diligently, you are highly unlikely to amass a decent-size nest egg,” the author of today’s article proceeds to outline 10 questions to ask yourself in regards to your savings and saving practices – and identifies steps you can take to improve your savings situation depending on your answers to those questions. To read more, CLICK HERE.
There is a cobra that could potentially poison your retirement – and that cobra is bonds. The author of today’s article highlights the so-called cobra effect – how “individuals making decisions to cause one outcome to occur can accidentally cause the opposite” – and explains how this phenomenon can occur with retirees and bonds, increasing the probability that they will run out of money as they age. To read more – including how the author believes bonds can be used effectively – CLICK HERE.
The author of today’s article notes that the “standard prescription” for most retirees these days is “a combination of working longer, living on less, and reducing expectations for their retirement dreams.” But for those who either cannot – or refuse to – comply with that dreary prescription, there is a more creative retirement solution to consider: retiring abroad in a location with a lower cost of living. The author highlights the positive story of one couple who chose to take a “radically new path” in retirement – and what others can learn from their success. CLICK HERE for more.
The current environment is a tricky one for income seekers – whether they be individuals in (or approaching) retirement, or anyone wanting a steady income component to their portfolio – to navigate. To provide some assistance in this regard, today’s article looks to a number of ETF strategists and asset managers for their favorite income-generating strategies – and specific vehicles to play those strategies – right now. To read more, CLICK HERE.