You may have a will in place, but what about a power of attorney, an advanced directive, or a financial plan? A recent survey found that few people actually use these tools that the author of today’s article argues “are so important for successful lives” – and which can ease financial and retirement worries. He proceeds to outline how to create what may be the most important tool in this regard: an “intentional life plan”. For more, CLICK HERE.
How can retirees best ready themselves for a possible recession? Construct a sound financial plan if you don’t already have one, according to the author of today’s article. And if you already have an appropriate financial plan in place, his advice, “in short, is to do nothing.” Why does he recommend doing nothing in the face of a possible recession? Because, as he proceeds to outline, “a recession doesn’t automatically lead to losses in your portfolio”. For more, CLICK HERE.
You’ve heard of black swan events (events which are extremely rare and hard to predict but which can have severe consequences), but what about white swan events? As today’s article explains, these events can be just as devastating to financial plans, but, despite the fact that they are more common and foreseeable than black swan events, people spend little time thinking about them. The author proceeds to outline some white swan events that he failed to predict when planning his early retirement, making the first two years of his retirement extremely tumultuous. For more, CLICK HERE.
In 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.
With most financial experts advising that primary wage earners delay taking Social Security until age 70 (as delaying can result in payments that are 70% higher), the author of today’s article acknowledges that “for those who do want to maximize their benefits, that means utilizing other assets in the meantime which requires some strategizing.” He proceeds to outline one potential strategy – the Spend Safely in Retirement Strategy – that allows you to effectively create your own annuity or pension income stream. For more, CLICK HERE.
Think financial planning and retirement planning are one and the same? Think again. “Understanding the difference between financial planning and retirement planning can be critical to developing a retirement income strategy,” explains the author of today’s article, with one financial adviser cited describing the difference between the two as “the difference between people at work versus money at work.” So how does retirement planning differ from financial planning, why is making this distinction important to your retirement – and how can you benefit from retirement planning software? CLICK HERE.
Far more retirees are afraid of running out of money before they die than are afraid of dying, at least one survey finds – and the author of today’s article notes that “This ever-present background fear is especially rearing its ugly head right now, given the bear market that to many came out of nowhere.” But is this fear overblown? The author outlines one reason why fearful retirees should not give up hope – and cautions against a move that “is far more likely to make the current bear market devastating…” For more, CLICK HERE.
What’s the one thing most preventing you from building wealth? The author of today’s article makes the case that, when it comes to building wealth, “one financial decision in particular has been absolutely catastrophic for people at every income.” In fact, he outlines how taking a different course when it comes to this particular financial decision has the potential to generate hundreds of thousands of dollars by retirement. So what is this wealth-killing decision – and how can you change your mind set about it? CLICK HERE.
When it comes to managing your investments in retirement, the author of today’s article notes that “hiring a financial advisor can set you back 1 percent or more of your investable assets – if you have $250,000, you’ll spend $2,500 per year in expenses. That’s money that could have gone toward reinvesting and growing assets, taking a vacation, paying taxes, enjoying local theater or exploring new restaurants.” So if you instead choose to go it alone, what do you need to know about managing your own investments? CLICK HERE.
The importance of diversification in financial planning is constantly emphasized – and generally accepted. However, the author of today’s article notes that “when you look at those who achieve the greatest wealth or have the greatest impact, virtually none of them ever diversify…or at least, not throughout most of their years.” He proceeds to examine how different diversification strategies – represented by redwood trees, bushes and pear trees – can affect one’s wealth (and retirement savings). For more, CLICK HERE.