The problem with investing and saving for retirement, according to the author of today’s article? “People are “psychologically ill-equipped” to invest in risk assets, even if they need to do so. They also don’t save very much for retirement, possibly because they don’t think they need to yet or because they can’t afford it.” This is where behavioral finance can make a difference. What is behavioral finance, how are behavioral finance concepts important to retirement planning, and what can behavioral finance teach us about how to better plan for retirement? CLICK HERE.
There are many actions (and inactions) that can wreck retirement plans. As such, while the author of today’s article acknowledges that the $1 million figure frequently cited as how much one needs to amass for a comfortable retirement may be arbitrary, he stresses that “what is not arbitrary is it takes discipline and it requires avoiding mistakes and pitfalls to have a happy retirement.” He proceeds to identify 14 specific mistakes that retirement savers should be on guard against making – including failing to understand how Social Security works. For more, CLICK HERE.
With all the reports about Americans being largely financially unprepared for retirement, and the negative consequences that could have on their golden years, how about some happy retirement news? Today’s article highlights findings from a new Merrill Lynch/Age Wave report on retirement “showing that retirees are generally having loads of fun in their unstructured life, regardless of their income.” What was the study’s overall conclusion? What percentage of retirees surveyed said they found it relatively easy to find inexpensive activities to enjoy? And what did the report identify as the “4 Stages of Retirement Leisure”? CLICK HERE to read more.