Despite concerns that the Republican tax plan would deliver a major blow to retirement savers by dramatically reducing how much they could stash away in their 401(k)s each year, that provision has not come to pass. So retirement savers can breathe a sigh of relief…right? Not necessarily. The author of today’s article warns that “while it’s good that Republicans backed off on their idea to crimp 401(k) accounts, retirees—and soon-to-be retirees—should not think they’re out of the woods. President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan are now proposing a new cash grab.” To read more, CLICK HERE.
“While the post-work years can truly be golden for those who plan for them, many retirees are caught off guard by the facts of their new life,” warns the author of today’s article. He proceeds to outline several facts about retirement that, while not necessarily fun facts, are things that he believes those approaching retirement should be cognizant of before leaving the workforce for good. To read more, CLICK HERE.
They correctly forecasted last decade’s financial crisis and its devastating effects on many Americans – and now they are getting nervous about another meltdown when the current bull market ends. Today’s article goes to three market skeptics – including Yale economist Robert Shiller, who warned of a “catastrophic collapse of the housing and stock markets” three years before the ’08 crash – for their take on stocks, when the bull market may end, what might be the trigger – and investments they like right now. For more, CLICK HERE.
With retirement comes a shift from receiving a consistent paycheck to needing to tap your various income streams to cover your various expenses – and the author of today’s article argues that “this shift requires a new investment strategy and mindset.” In order to develop this strategy and mindset, she advises to think of retirement as consisting of three unique stages – the “Go Go” years, the “Slow Go” years, and the “No Go” years – and outlines “five key areas” to address when it comes to planning for each of these stages. For more, CLICK HERE.
If you’re close to retirement you can thank them for helping to give the return on your retirement savings a boost. But if your retirement is still a ways off, the author of today’s article warns that “you’re going to have a devil of a time getting a decent return on your retirement savings” because of them. The “them” in question is the Chinese middle class, which the author notes is flooding its savings into global markets – pushing up asset prices, pushing down yields, and creating dim prospects for real returns in the future. So what can younger U.S. workers do in light of this grim reality? CLICK HERE.
Robo-advisory services are increasingly getting attention from baby boomers looking for retirement guidance. As today’s article notes, robo-advisors now go beyond simply helping clients save for retirement, offering “tax-efficient strategies for turning nest eggs into steady streams of retirement income, as well as recommendations on Social Security, Medicare and long-term-care insurance.” To see what those in or approaching retirement can get out of robo-advisors, the author took robo-advisory products from four major firms for test-drives. For her overall impression of robo-advisory services – and the pros and cons of each firm’s offerings – CLICK HERE.
“Once you’ve won the game, what’s the point of still playing?” asks the author of today’s article. If you amass the amount of money that you believe you need in order to live comfortably for the rest of your life, should you quit the stock market (and avoid the risk of losing money)? While the financial media tend to focus on how many Americans have not saved nearly enough for retirement, many are hitting their target numbers – and the author has some thoughts on how they may want to proceed vis-à-vis stocks. CLICK HERE.
When it comes to investing for a retirement that could last decades, the author of today’s article states that “you need to invest in a way that has a documented history of success in a variety of different scenarios….choosing the wrong strategy could actually lead to portfolio depletion before your retirement ends.” He proceeds to outline how some of the more common (and seemingly smart) retirement strategies (such as loading up one’s portfolio with popular blue-chip and/or dividend stocks) could result in this undesired outcome – and identifies what may be “the best and most sustainable approach for retirement success.” CLICK HERE.
When it comes to all the interconnected pieces of successful retirement planning (taxes, Social Security, health care, etcetera), the author of today’s article points out that, ultimately, everything goes back to one fundamental question: How much money do I need to retire? Unfortunately, when it comes to answering this question, there are a number of misconceptions that people are prone to – and the author outlines three such misconceptions “that outrank all the others” (and which threaten one’s freedom, comfort, and peace of mind in retirement). CLICK HERE.
Half of retirees don’t need to worry about it at all. Others will have no way of avoiding it. And more and more retirees will fall victim to it in the coming years. It’s the ‘tax torpedo’, which the author of today’s article explains is “a name given to the unexpected way that Social Security can get taxed, depending on how much other income you have.” For more on the tax torpedo – including when it typically hits, why any action to keep it at bay needs to be initiated years in advance, and how exactly you can go about doing so – CLICK HERE.