5 Small Steps To Solve A 75% Retirement Problem

2019-05-19 18_54_01-Low Angle Photography of Escalator · Free Stock PhotoIn a new survey conducted by Fidelity Investments, 75% of respondents reported feeling only somewhat confident to not confident at all about their retirement finances. Ultimately, those that lacked a financial plan for retirement lacked confidence, while those that had a plan also had confidence. As such, today’s article lays out “five small, practical steps you can take to boost your confidence in your retirement finances by creating a financial plan for retirement”. For more, CLICK HERE.

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Preparing Your Retirement For A Market That Goes Down (And Stays Down)

2019-05-16 19_55_15-WindowWhen it comes to periods of extended market weakness, the author of today’s article notes that “Retirees…tend to experience [them] differently, and more viscerally, than their still-working counterparts” as they are living off the finite balances of their portfolios. So while those who are still working may be able to ride out – or even take advantage of – market weakness, what are retirees and those nearing retirement to do? The author outlines “some key steps to take in the event of serious market volatility–or better yet in advance of it.” For more, CLICK HERE.

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Completing A Comprehensive Stress Test Of Your Retirement Plan

2019-05-16 08_36_51-WindowStress tests aren’t just for banks – they’re useful for retirement plans too! And a comprehensive stress test of your retirement plan involves more than just stress testing your portfolio: the author of today’s article advises that “you should stress test your venue, your retirement and income portfolios, and anticipated leisure pursuits.” For more on carrying out a comprehensive stress test of your retirement plan – including how to test whether your portfolio can survive a market shock and how many times it may be prudent to visit prospective retirement venues – CLICK HERE.

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These REITs Are All Fun And Games (And Income!)

2019-05-12 21_43_47-Girl holding American Dollar Bills _ HD photo by Alexander Mils (@alexandermils)“Gaming companies are a tough group of stocks to own,” acknowledges the author of today’s article, pointing to, among other things, how sensitive casino profits are to changes in economic conditions. For those looking for gaming related income stocks, however, gaming-focused real estate investment trusts may be a lucrative investment – and the author highlights three specific gaming REITs to consider. For more, CLICK HERE.

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What Social Security Is, What It Isn’t – And Why The Distinction Matters To Your Retirement Plan

2019-05-10 21_19_43-Selective Focus Photography of Magazines · Free Stock Photo“Social Security is what it is — and it isn’t what it isn’t,” states the author of today’s article who argues that, while Social Security is an asset, it is not a bond – and thus investors are ill-served by considering Social Security part of their retirement portfolio’s bond allocation. What is Social Security, what isn’t Social Security – and how does the author recommend fitting it into an overall retirement portfolio? CLICK HERE.

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Retirement Income Planning, From The Floor Up

2019-05-08 22_11_52-Person Holding White Book Planner · Free Stock Photo“The bottom line is that generating secure income to meet our retirement goals for an uncertain period of time is extremely challenging,” acknowledges the author of today’s article, who likens this task to “trying to hit a moving target in the wind.” He proceeds to outline one approach to doing so – the so-called flooring approach. How does the flooring approach to retirement income planning work, who is this strategy suited for, and what are some important flooring “flipsides” so consider? CLICK HERE.

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The Problem With Safe Withdrawal Strategies – And A Better Way To Lifetime Income

2019-05-05 08_44_59-WindowStrategies for accumulating wealth receive much more attention than strategies for decumulating wealth despite the fact that, as the author of today’s article points out, nowadays the decumulation phase of one’s life can be just as long as the accumulation phase. He also acknowledges problems with safe withdrawal strategies, including the fact that there’s a good chance you’ll end up leaving money on the table when you die. Instead, he states, “If that’s not what you want — if your goal is only to spend as much as you can in your lifetime without running out — my calculations show that there’s a much better way.” For more, CLICK HERE.

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“Bogus”, “Slow-Killer Cigarettes”: The Case Against Annuities

2019-05-02 09_22_05-Macbook Pro on Table · Free Stock PhotoWhen it comes to annuities, the author of today’s article has some very strong (negative) feelings, asserting that “Whatever you think an annuity can do for you, it can’t. Or there is likely a cheaper, better, more flexible way to do it.” What kinds of annuities does he declare are “bogus” (and why)? What kinds of annuities does he describe as “the slow-killer cigarettes of investing” (and why)? And what does he outline as a better approach when it comes to retirement income? CLICK HERE.

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Think First Before Embarking On An Encore Career

2019-04-28 21_22_28-Morguefile.com free photographs for commercial useAn encore career in retirement can provide many advantages, financial and otherwise. On the financial front, for example, income from an encore career can help retirees delay claiming Social Security benefits – and thus increase the benefit amount they ultimately receive. However, the author of today’s article cautions that, when considering embarking on a postretirement career, “there are some important tax and other financial considerations to understand before taking this route.” What are some of the potential financial drawbacks of an encore career to be aware of? CLICK HERE.

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