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.
How do you keep your retirement from becoming compromised due to a decline in the stock market close to your retirement? This is the question the author of today’s article gave some thought to after his uncle, who is planning on retiring in 2019, lost around 30% of the value of his portfolio in a matter of weeks thanks to the stock market’s recent volatility. For his insights regarding both portfolio allocation and cash flows, CLICK HERE.
It has been 10 years since the housing crash of 2008, the fallout from which decimated the retirement accounts of many – and now one financial security expert is warning that “the danger of another crisis lurks despite assurances to the contrary.” She cautions that “The massive regulatory response to the subprime crisis meant that banks were no longer allowed to behave badly. So they have chosen to behave differently – and that’s not a good thing.” For more on this potential crisis developing in the shadows, CLICK HERE.
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.
Despite the volatility associated with the oil industry – and the fact that oil prices have once again crashed into a bear market – the author of today’s article points out that there are still solid picks in this area for conservative investors, including retirees. He proceeds to highlight three blue-chip oil stocks with “attributes that make them high-yield retiree dream stocks, capable of delivering generous, safe and rising income even when oil prices crash.” For an in-depth look at these three stocks – and which one the author believes is the best of the bunch – CLICK HERE.
With the new make-up of Congress post midterms, the author of today’s article advises that “future retirees should be paying close attention to retirement legislation these next few years.” She proceeds to outline what to expect in regards to pensions, Social Security and Medicare, the Obama-era fiduciary rule and retirement plans with a split Congress and Trump White House. For more, CLICK HERE.
Here’s some sobering news for those nearing retirement: In a new survey of recent retirees, almost half indicated that they wished they had prepared better for taxes in retirement and 1 in 4 reported “having paid thousands of dollars more in taxes in retirement than they had expected.” So what can future retirees do now in order to avoid finding themselves in the same situation? Today’s article outlines a number of strategies to limit tax surprises in retirement. For more, CLICK HERE.
What does the current amount of your retirement nest egg translate into in terms of future monthly retirement income? In light of the fact that a recent piece of research found that more than half of U.S. workers aged 20 to 79 have difficulty figuring out this conversion, today’s article identifies two ways to estimate that monthly income figure – one way which is perhaps the simplest and another which is also simple (but perhaps less exact). For more – including one big benefit of learning how much your nest egg might produce in monthly income – CLICK HERE.
Despite a number of anxiety-inducing market routs, stocks have performed quite nicely this year. That impressive performance, however, brings with it some potential problems for investors, including off-balance portfolios and taxes on gains. As the author of today’s article notes, “a lofty market environment presents a lot of potential tax traps, as the appreciated winners in a portfolio that are most in need of trimming also carry the highest embedded gains.” As such, she proceeds to outline some strategies to minimize your tax bill in this lofty market. For more, CLICK HERE.
Given its recent moves, investors have reason to be anxious about the market – and none more so than investors who are at retirement’s doorstep. For those in that group, today’s article outlines a number of strategies to consider, as identified by top financial advisers. First, however, the author advises that “It’s critical that you…draft a retirement-income plan”, noting that “Those who have such a plan don’t worry about market declines. And those who don’t have a plan, worry.” For how to create a retirement-income plan – and for the aforementioned strategies for protecting your retirement portfolio from market volatility – CLICK HERE.