In the current low-rate environment, “generating steady retirement income has never been harder,” declares the author of today’s article. Moreover, the author cautions that yields could just as likely go lower from here as higher. As such, he proceeds to discuss “eight popular sources of retirement income, ranging from dividend stocks to bonds to real estate to annuities, what current rates are for market leading products and the pros and cons of each approach.” For the author’s overview of each of these sources of retirement income – including the one he argues consumers are often too quick to dismiss – CLICK HERE.
While inflation may currently be low, the author of today’s article warns that “this makes the possibility of an inflation threat going forward even more likely.” Moreover, she notes that health care costs are rising faster than inflation. All of this poses a particular threat to retirees relying on sources of income that lack inflation protection. As such, the author outlines four investment options for retirement in inflationary times – Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS), annuities, stocks and commercial real estate. To read about the potential benefits and drawbacks of each option, CLICK HERE.
“Retirement planning has changed a lot over the last few decades. And perhaps one of the most dramatic changes is the slow and steady death of employer-provided pensions.” Today’s article examines how “for those who don’t have the backstop of a traditional defined-benefit pension plan…annuities could be an attractive way to re-create the kind of guaranteed retirement income most Americans enjoyed in decades past.” But when it comes to immediate versus deferred, and fixed versus variable, what are their respective risks and which is best for who? And what exactly are the relatively new equity-indexed annuities? CLICK HERE to read more.
“Millions of Americans already are facing tough financial challenges when it comes to retirement. But we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg if life spans really begin to lengthen.” Today’s article examines what will be required of people in order to ensure a secure retirement if life expectancies rise considerably. Here’s what the author has to say: “The affordability part of living longer will require people to become more disciplined, improve their financial literacy and embrace assets, from stock funds to annuities, with which they might not have high comfort or familiarity. In some cases, it also will involve an adjustment in attitudes and behaviors.” To read more, CLICK HERE.