Surprise! What Many People Fail To Realize About Retirement

2018-08-12 18_53_26-50+ Amazing Goal Photos · Pexels · Free Stock PhotosA recent study found that three in five Americans are very likely to work longer than desired – an additional two years on average – to meet their retirement goals. Having to work longer than expected is just one of the many surprises that those approaching (and those in) retirement encounter. In today’s article, a number of financial planners reveal what many people don’t realize about retirement – including the “biggest thing that [they] see keeping people from retiring prior to 65”. CLICK HERE.

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The Annuity Piece Of Your Retirement Puzzle

2018-08-08 08_27_24-100+ Great Puzzle Piece Photos · Pexels · Free Stock Photos“Annuities often get a bad rap,” states the author of today’s article, who acknowledges some of the drawbacks associated with these products. However, he notes that all investments have drawbacks – and that annuities can be “the hedge against the emotion of fear that you will run out of funds before you die.” He proceeds to outline the numerous ways in which annuities – especially fixed annuities – can reduce the risk associated with your retirement plan. For more – including how you can make an annuity do double duty – CLICK HERE.

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The Investment Issues Retirees Most Commonly Fail To Understand

2018-08-05 16_09_06-Morguefile.com free photographs for commercial useIn today’s article, the author shares some of the investment-related issues that he sees being most commonly misunderstood by those in – or approaching – retirement. Which “all-time classic” retirement funding strategy does he state “unfortunately…has never really worked, at least over any substantial period of time”? Why does he argue that dividends are not income, even if they feel like income? For more on these common misconceptions – and others – CLICK HERE.

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What Does The Chinese Bear Mean For Retirees In The U.S.?

2018-08-05 16_02_22-Morguefile.com free photographs for commercial useWith the stock market of the world’s second-largest economy – China – having dropped by more than 20%, what does this mean for retirees in the U.S., who often hold significant positions in non-U.S. stocks? The author of today’s article notes that such a divergence between the U.S. stock market and a leading foreign market is increasingly rare – and outlines some important investment implications. Do retirees in the U.S. have reason to worry that U.S. stocks will soon converge with Chinese stocks and enter a bear market? CLICK HERE.

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Where Does Your Home Equity Fit Into Your Retirement Strategy?

2018-07-31 07_07_09-446 Cozy House Photos · Pexels · Free Stock PhotosHomeowners’ equity has climbed to its highest level ever – and yet few retirees are actually tapping their home equity in retirement. The author of today’s article notes that “maintaining home equity throughout retirement isn’t ideal in many situations, especially for older adults with significant housing wealth but dwindling portfolio values. For them, tapping home equity in some fashion…can be a sensible move.” She proceeds to outline the three main strategies when it comes to home equity and retirement – and the pros and cons of each. CLICK HERE.

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This Retirement Saving Strategy For High-Income Earners Has Gotten The Okay. Is It For You?

2018-07-29 19_34_26-10+ Beautiful Income Photos · Pexels · Free Stock PhotosIf you’re a high-income earner, you might think that one popular retirement-saving vehicle – the Roth IRA – is not available to you due to IRS-imposed restrictions on who can contribute to these accounts. One strategy for high-income earners to get around these restrictions is the “backdoor Roth” – and while there has been concern about this strategy, the new tax legislation appears to give it the green light. So does a backdoor Roth make sense for you? CLICK HERE for some considerations.

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