Inflation may not seem like much of a concern right now, but the author of today’s article points out that periods in which inflation has been significantly higher than average have typically arrived without any advance warning. Given this, and considering the fact that, as he notes, “even average rates of inflation can take a large toll”, it’s worthwhile to consider the impact inflation could have on your retirement plan. For two categories of spending the author sees as particularly worrisome for retirees going forward, as well as strategies available to protect yourself from inflation in retirement, CLICK HERE.
The expectation in some circles is that emerging markets will be the only category of equities that will generate a significant return above inflation over the next 7 to 10 years. Given this, retirees may be tempted to allocate a sizable chunk of their portfolio to emerging market equities. Today’s article, however, outlines why retirees may be well-served to reconsider such a move, cautioning that “there are more ways to lose money and make substantial errors investing in emerging markets than there are in developed markets.” For more, CLICK HERE.
With interest rates ticking up, prospects for higher inflation as a result of economic growth, and the uncertainty that comes with a new face helming the Federal Reserve, how can fixed-income investors go about preparing for this environment and the additional risks it poses? The author of today’s article highlights his favorite idea in that regard – a vehicle which “appears to be well-positioned to minimize the impact of rising yields by keeping a short duration.” For more, CLICK HERE.
Can a little gold help secure your golden years? The author of today’s article notes that “regardless of the cause, inflation can wipe out seniors and savers buying power very quickly” – and believes that one of the best ways for individuals to protect themselves against inflation is by owning precious metals. But what’s the best way to go about buying and holding gold for this purpose? The author goes to a precious metals analyst for his recommendations on what to buy, what not to buy – and how to store it. CLICK HERE.
Much of the market volatility of late has been the result of concerns over inflation creeping up – and the prospect of the Federal Reserve continuing to raise interest rates in response. The author of today’s article looks at what rising rates mean for your money, depending on the positioning of your portfolio in terms of bonds and stocks. Will you lose money as interest rates rise? And what about the new tax law – shouldn’t that help your investments? For more, CLICK HERE.
With the average life expectancy in the U.S. approaching 80 years, the long-advised strategy of shifting away from riskier (but higher-returning) assets like stocks and towards safer (but lower-returning) assets like bonds as you near retirement is not without its own risk: the risk of running out of money. The trick to navigating this risk/reward quandary, according to today’s article, is “balancing investing safely with the need for returns that keep up with, or better yet, beat inflation.” How can those approaching retirement go about accomplishing this? CLICK HERE.
“There is no arguing that sitting in cash is a lousy investment,” asserts the author of today’s article, noting that cash earns next to nothing in the average checking account and does not even keep pace with inflation. But research shows that there is an emotional upside to having more cash on hand than is generally recommended: it makes us feel better. So, as it improves your sense of well-being, how can you make the most of a position in cash? For several smart cash management strategies – including an app that automatically moves cash into the highest-yielding online banks – CLICK HERE.
In today’s article the author lays out “an easy way to use the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats – companies that have hiked their dividends for 25 years straight or more – to build a durable income stream you can retire on.” Specifically, he presents a five-stock Dividend Aristocrat portfolio with the potential to generate $112k of retirement income from a $500k portfolio. To read more about this portfolio – including which five Aristocrats it is comprised of and why, income growth projections and the “secret weapon” that can be used to counter inflation – 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.