The Federal Reserve just raised interest rates once again and another two rate hikes are now likely before the end of the year. Against this backdrop, the author of today’s article acknowledges that “many market participants, especially retirees with fixed-income-heavy investment mixes, are reasonably concerned about what a period of rising interest rates could mean for their portfolios and for the rest of their financial lives” – and outlines a number of rising rate do’s and don’ts for retirees to consider. For more, CLICK HERE.
Whether one is in the pre-retirement accumulation stage or the retirement decumulation stage, retirement planning seems to be getting increasingly complicated. At a recent investment conference, research and innovations related to the challenges posed by the evolving retirement planning landscape were discussed. For some key takeaways from this discussion – pertaining to target-date funds, Social Security, safe withdrawal rates, annuities and more – CLICK HERE.
A firm with a cult-like following, a “beloved ‘industrial’ firm” with a seemingly attractive dividend, and a group of high-growth names make up the seven stocks highlighted in today’s article as being ones that those in – or those going into – retirement may be wise to avoid, according to experts. For these seven stocks – including “one dividend payer that most retirees own but should reconsider”, according to experts – CLICK HERE.
Trying to tap a lifetime’s worth of savings—enough to enjoy retirement but not so much that you imperil your later years—has never been easy, but it’s about to get a whole lot harder,” warns one retirement researcher cited in today’s article, who sees a confluence of factors coming together to make this “the worst time to retire since just before the dot-com bubble burst.” What are these factors, what do they mean for recent and near-retirees – and what “new thinking” is required of retirees today? CLICK HERE.
The author of today’s article argues that retirees should be viewing higher interest rates favorably. This, however, is not how many retirees are reacting to higher rates – and the author suggests that this negative reaction “betrays a fundamental misunderstanding about investing in bonds.” What, in the author’s view, are many retirees getting wrong about investing in bonds, specifically when it comes to the importance they place on “getting your money back”? CLICK HERE.
The Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF, which seeks to track companies that have consistently increased their dividends for ten consecutive years, may seem like a great pick for retirees looking for reliable income. As today’s article points out, however, there is a problem: despite holding companies that have a track record of raising their dividends for ten consecutive years, the ETF itself has not done the same. Why can’t retirees rely on this fund to consistently pay out ever-increasing dividends – and what ETF does the author highlight as possibly being a better alternative? CLICK HERE.
A large chunk of people around the globe are not prepared for – and do not understand some of the key concepts related to – retirement. This is one of the conclusions that can be drawn from the Aegon Retirement Readiness Survey – and a financial literacy test given as part of it, which many participants failed. For more – including what in particular people globally fail to understand about investment, inflation, and the megatrends impacting retirement (and for the test itself) – CLICK HERE.
The author of today’s article outlines how retirees – or any bond investor – “can construct a portfolio of bonds whose total return will almost certainly be higher than the average of those individual bonds’ yields.” How does one accomplish this? By bond laddering – and while you are probably familiar with the concept of bond laddering, you may not be familiar with how “unexpectedly good” a bond ladder’s total return can be. For more, CLICK HERE.
Today’s article highlights how, in the search for stable and predictable retirement income, some people are choosing to “be the bank”: “As an alternative to a 401(k) account or investing in the stock market, they become private lenders for people who are investing in real estate. And just as borrowers send monthly payments to a bank or mortgage company to repay the loan, these private lenders receive a monthly check in the mail as repayment with interest – mailbox money.” What are some of the advantages of “being the bank” and becoming a private lender for real estate investors – and what kind of return can this generate? CLICK HERE.
“It’s important for traders of all skill levels to understand the risk and reward dynamics of every trade they put on,” advises the author of today’s article – who proceeds to outline a simple way for traders to ensure that their reward-to-risk ratio is where it should be in order to profit in the long run: the profit factor. For more on how to set up trades using the profit factor, CLICK HERE.