If you’re one of the (too) many Americans that have too little – or nothing at all – in the way of retirement savings, a simple strategy that could boost your savings by $800,000 (and possibly even more) sounds like something worth having a look at – and that’s exactly what the author of today’s article outlines. And while getting the maximum benefit from this strategy requires having many years until retirement, it can still make a significant difference for those close to retirement. For more on this “win with small steps” strategy, CLICK HERE.
At the recent Boot Camp for Investors, a panel of experts discussed considerations when planning for the new retirement – one that could last 20 to 30 years. For what the panel had to say about income investing, cash flow control, the value of ETFs (“So they’re cheap, they’re diversified all good news, but there are also some potentially nasty surprises in some flavors in the marketplace.”), the biggest mistakes retirees make and more, CLICK HERE.
The good news regarding mutual and exchange-traded fund fees? Last year saw the biggest one-year decline in fees and several major fund companies have been competitively lowering their fees (with one now even offering index funds without any management fees). The bad news, according to today’s article, “is that many investors don’t realize how much they’re paying in fund fees in the first place or how much these expenses and other investment costs are eating into their retirement savings.” How much can seemingly small fees deplete your retirement savings – and how can you minimize their bite? CLICK HERE.
With paltry bond yields on one hand and the risks associated with high-yielding funds and stocks on the other, generating enough income in a low interest rate environment can be challenging for retirees. However, today’s article highlights two “innovative” ETFs that the author sees as offering slightly higher yields while mitigating risks. The first of these two funds seeks out not just high dividends but high sustainable dividends, and the second fund seeks to get extra yield from high-quality large-caps. For more, CLICK HERE.
With REITs being hammered by rising interest rates, the author of today’s article sought out REIT ETFs that attempt to mitigate the effect of rising rates – and found that no such funds currently exist. So, he went about building his own REIT ETF “that in theory responds better to interest rates, lowers volatility and eliminates ultra high yield companies to avoid chasing yield.” For the multi-step screen used – and the final 20 REITs that passed all the filters – CLICK HERE.
Exchange-traded funds may have exploded in popularity over the last few years, but that surge in popularity has varied greatly by generation. Today’s article notes that boomers have not embraced ETFs to the extent that millennials – or even the oldest generation of investors – have, with one study finding that only 27% of boomers aged 52 to 70 with $100,000 in investible assets are invested in ETFs. What factors are holding boomers back from investing in ETFs – and why might some of those concerns be ill-conceived? CLICK HERE.
The author of today’s article calls it “one of the more underutilized strategies for taxable investment accounts”. That strategy? Tax-loss harvesting, whereby poor performers are sold at a loss in order to offset that year’s capital gains – and lessen one’s tax burden. The author proceeds to identify areas that may offer the best opportunities to exploit the tax-loss harvesting strategy for 2017 – and how “tax-loss harvesting doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing strategy.” To read more, CLICK HERE.
Whether you are still young and have high risk tolerance, are middle-aged with moderate risk tolerance, or are at retirement and need reliable income, today’s article seeks to answer the following question: “How can you buy ETFs to build a comprehensive, long-term retirement portfolio?” For each of the aforementioned life stages, the author outlines the types of core – and supplemental – exchange-traded funds to consider for your portfolio – and identifies some specific funds that may be the best picks in fulfilling these strategies. To read more, CLICK HERE.
The current environment is a tricky one for income seekers – whether they be individuals in (or approaching) retirement, or anyone wanting a steady income component to their portfolio – to navigate. To provide some assistance in this regard, today’s article looks to a number of ETF strategists and asset managers for their favorite income-generating strategies – and specific vehicles to play those strategies – right now. To read more, CLICK HERE.
Forget bland and boring bond funds – the author of today’s article highlights three bond exchange-traded funds that he sees as “off-the-beaten-track [picks] with world-class qualities.” To learn about these three bonds ETFs – including a “fallen angels” play that owns “once highly touted corporate bonds [that have] slipped down the credit ladder – and how they can be best used in an income portfolio, CLICK HERE.