The author of today’s article used to joke that he had “the most depressing job in America”: writing about issues surrounding retirement. In fact, he argues that no progress has been made over the last two decades in improving the retirement picture for Americans, despite a variety of new laws and financial products introduced over this period that sought to do just that. Why has this been the case – and what six lessons does the author impart when it comes to giving yourself the best shot at a secure retirement? CLICK HERE.
The market’s sequence of returns matters – having weaker returns come early in one’s life cycle (when the amount invested is smaller) and stronger returns come later in one’s life cycle (when the amount invested is much larger) puts one in a much better position going into retirement than the reverse scenario. Unfortunately, while the sequence of returns matters a great deal, it is something investors have no control over. However, while there is no way to control the sequence of returns, the author of today’s article outlines some ways in which its risk can be managed. CLICK HERE for more.
Dipping into your 401(k), taking out a loan, or turning to high-interest credit card debt when life throws one of its unpleasant (and expensive) little surprises your way has its cost. As the author of today’s article notes, “any of these steps will set you back in growing your net worth and hinder your ability to reach your goals.” Thus the need for an emergency fund as part of one’s financial plan. But how much cash should an emergency fund contain? How do you go about building up an emergency fund from scratch? And where does the author state is the best place to keep an emergency fund – and why? CLICK HERE.
There are many actions (and inactions) that can wreck retirement plans. As such, while the author of today’s article acknowledges that the $1 million figure frequently cited as how much one needs to amass for a comfortable retirement may be arbitrary, he stresses that “what is not arbitrary is it takes discipline and it requires avoiding mistakes and pitfalls to have a happy retirement.” He proceeds to identify 14 specific mistakes that retirement savers should be on guard against making – including failing to understand how Social Security works. For more, CLICK HERE.