If faced with stock market volatility or a downturn in retirement, would you reduce your investments in stocks? In one survey, a third of pre-retiree respondents indicated that they would do just that – but this may not be the best (or even a good) strategy. What does the author of today’s article point to as being “The key to successfully riding out stock market volatility or a downturn in retirement”? CLICK HERE.
High-yield exchange-traded funds can be attractive to retirees seeking current income or to any investor seeking diversification. However, the author of today’s article reminds us that “handsome yields always come with a cost in either higher risk or diminished growth” – and so, in order to help navigate the world of high-yield ETFs, he highlights what he sees as the best high-yield funds from seven different categories, including high-yield domestic stock funds, junk bond funds and preferred stock funds. For more, CLICK HERE.
How can investors – especially retired investors – beat the market without fail? The author of today’s article outlines “a simple step-by-step common sense-based strategy” to do just that, with the following caution: “What I will be presenting may not be what you are expecting, particularly if you have a narrow notion of what beating the market means. In other words, one of my primary objectives will be to expand your mind and attitudes regarding what investment performance is truly all about.” For more, CLICK HERE.
The SECURE Act, which went into effect on January 1st, will change the way workers save for retirement, the way retirees spend down their retirement savings, and the way beneficiaries will receive money from inherited retirement accounts. But the various provisions of the SECURE Act aren’t the only ways that saving for retirement will change this year. As today’s article notes, “Other trends have been in motion over the last few years” – and the author outlines three trends that will impact how Americans save for retirement this year and beyond. For more, CLICK HERE.
Interval funds. Non-traded real estate investment trusts. Private placements. In the hunt for higher yields, superior total returns and diversification, the author of today’s article notes that retirees “are venturing into some murky waters” – and cautions that “Investors considering a foray into less-liquid, more-complex holdings need to scrutinize these investments’ fees, withdrawal restrictions, valuations, volatility and other risks.” For her “field guide to this “wilder side of retirement investing”, CLICK HERE.
If there was a way you could increase your retirement balance by tens of thousands of dollars in a relatively short period of time with small amounts of additional savings, would you do it? Probably. And fortunately, as today’s article outlines, there is a way to do just that: catch-up contributions. To illustrate just how much of a difference even small catch-up contributions can make on retirement balances, the author outlines three scenarios, one with no catch-up contributions, one with modest catch-up contributions and one with maximum catch-up contributions. For more – including what the author sees as the “bonus beauty of catch-up contributions” – CLICK HERE.
With numerous studies indicating that “steady buying of quality companies at reasonable to attractive valuations is far better than market timing”, the author of today’s article buys $750 of a dividend stock every week for their retirement portfolio. For the three stocks under consideration for this week’s purchase and an in-depth look at the pros and cons of each, CLICK HERE.
“Over the course of your lifetime — unless you’re making a lot of money or live extremely modestly on a reasonable salary — you’re going to find it hard to simply put away enough money to retire. The money you put away should, ideally, be working for you and growing at a pace (much) faster than inflation,” notes the author of today’s article, who proceeds to provide some “thoughts on how to leverage the power of investing to give yourself the best chance at a great retirement.” For more, CLICK HERE.
Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) and Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) have been gaining popularity as investment approaches, but are ESG/SRI funds good for retirees and soon-to-be-retirees? The author of today’s article believes that “The ensuing debate over SRI and ESG investing is potentially an existential one for retirees and soon-to-be retirees”, given the question as to whether these approaches lead to diminished – or superior – returns. What does the research have to say about the suitability of ESG/SRI funds for retirees? CLICK HERE.
With interest rates back on the decline and the bull market in stocks in its latter stages, the author of today’s article advises that those investing for retirement “should broaden their knowledge of the tools at their disposal” for generating retirement income – including “one somewhat obscure strategy”: selling covered calls. What are covered calls, what are the risks associated with them, and what are some ideal scenarios for selling covered calls? CLICK HERE.