In the current era of low rates, the author of today’s article notes that “Stocks will have to do the heavy lifting of funding your retirement”. But will they be able to do so – or will unexpectedly low returns put you at risk of running out of money during your retirement? The author looks at what the most reliable indicators suggest about equity returns over the next decade – and what they suggest “is very sobering indeed”. For more, CLICK HERE.
If you’re on track to accumulate the oft-recommended goal of $1 million in retirement savings, there’s some potentially discouraging news: some financial advisers argue that a nest egg of $1 million is no longer sufficient, with one adviser cited in today’s article declaring that “The new rule of thumb is $3 million.” Why is this new $3 million savings target “simply a matter of mathematics” – and what does it take to achieve it? CLICK HERE.
What’s the state of your financial health? To make this determination, it can help to check – and track – one or more of the five “vital signs for financial independence” outlined in today’s article. For these five financial vital signs, how to calculate each of them, and why each is an important indicator of your financial health, CLICK HERE.
The worst fear of retirees is coming to the end of their money before they come to the end of their lives, and yet, as the author of today’s article observes, “few choose the financial product that is purpose-built to solve that problem”. This is just one of many paradoxes that can “bedevil” financial decision-making, and while there’s nothing we can do about these paradoxes, the author advises that “there is great value in being aware of them, so we can approach them with the right tools and the right mindset.” For more paradoxes to be cognizant of, CLICK HERE.
Most Americans are not saving sufficiently for retirement. But even those who have been diligent retirement savers during their working years may encounter difficulties when they reach retirement, with the author of today’s article cautioning that many in this financially fortunate group “find it hard to flip the switch from saving to spending.” For his advice on how ardent retirement savers can make it easier to start “opening the spigot” on their savings, CLICK HERE.
Most of the provisions of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act go into effect this year, and the author of today’s article points out that a number of the SECURE Act’s provisions are relevant to those who are not yet even at or near retirement. Noting that “They can have a profound effect on the way we all save for retirement”, the author outlines the major takeaways from the SECURE Act, starting with some bad news. For more, CLICK HERE.
If faced with stock market volatility or a downturn in retirement, would you reduce your investments in stocks? In one survey, a third of pre-retiree respondents indicated that they would do just that – but this may not be the best (or even a good) strategy. What does the author of today’s article point to as being “The key to successfully riding out stock market volatility or a downturn in retirement”? CLICK HERE.
High-yield exchange-traded funds can be attractive to retirees seeking current income or to any investor seeking diversification. However, the author of today’s article reminds us that “handsome yields always come with a cost in either higher risk or diminished growth” – and so, in order to help navigate the world of high-yield ETFs, he highlights what he sees as the best high-yield funds from seven different categories, including high-yield domestic stock funds, junk bond funds and preferred stock funds. For more, CLICK HERE.
How can investors – especially retired investors – beat the market without fail? The author of today’s article outlines “a simple step-by-step common sense-based strategy” to do just that, with the following caution: “What I will be presenting may not be what you are expecting, particularly if you have a narrow notion of what beating the market means. In other words, one of my primary objectives will be to expand your mind and attitudes regarding what investment performance is truly all about.” For more, CLICK HERE.
Americans could require savings of anywhere from $666,000 to $2 million to retire, according to a recently released analysis. The key factor underlying this wide range? The state in which one chooses to retire, with the $666,000 figure representing the amount potentially needed to retire in Mississippi (the cheapest state to retire in) based on the estimated average annual expenditure of a typical retired person outside of Social Security checks, and the $2 million figure representing the same amount for Hawaii (the most expensive state to retire in). What about the state you plan to retire in? CLICK HERE.