“If you’re retired or a conservative investor who cannot afford to lose money, your bank certificate of deposits are about to become worthless. Or close to worthless,” declares the author of today’s article as it appears the Fed is gearing up to cut interest rates. So what are fixed-income investors who want to make money on cash without putting that cash in the stock market to do? The author identifies their “one option in the conservative fixed-income space” – and what may be the best specific bet. For more, CLICK HERE.
$3.4 trillion. According to a new study, that’s how much retirees have lost, and are losing, by not making the optimal decision when it comes to when to claim Social Security benefits. That’s $111,000 per household! According to the study, “the average Social Security recipient would get 9% more income in retirement by making the ‘financially optimal’ decision about when to claim benefits.” So what is the “financially optimal” decision – and why aren’t retirees making it and leaving trillions on the table? CLICK HERE.
Thirty-four percent of workers who have calculated how much they need to save for retirement concluded their magic retirement number is $1 million – and the author of today’s article has some encouraging words for those striving to amass $1 million for retirement on modest salaries: “building your nest egg to that size can be easier than you expect…All you have to do is follow some simple steps.” For more on what characterizes ordinary people with typical paychecks who become 401(k) millionaires, CLICK HERE.
The fastest-growing demographic in the developed world is people over the age of 100 – a positive development for those desiring a long life but a challenging one when it comes to funding a retirement that could last 20 to 30 years or longer. With the average 65 year old American estimated to only have enough savings to fund about 10 years of retirement (and similar shortfalls in other advanced countries), a recent report from the World Economic Forum warns of a several hundred trillion dollar global retirement savings shortfall by 2050 – and has a suggestion for those who want to avoid facing a retirement savings gap. CLICK HERE.
If you’re one of the fortunate Americans with a pension, you are faced with a critical question: are you better off receiving it as a lump sum payment or as an annuity? In attempting to answer this question, the author of today’s article runs some numbers to illustrate the costs and benefits of each payout method at different points of life. For more – including what the author highlights as “The one thing that the Lump Sum offers that the Annuity doesn’t” and the most important question to consider when making the lump sum vs. annuity determination – CLICK HERE.
“The riskiest day in your entire financial life is the day you retire,” declares one investment manager cited in today’s article, which examines the critical conundrum that retirees face today: “How to invest in retirement with enough risk to maintain your purchasing power for 30-plus years while not taking so much risk that you leave your underbelly exposed.” So what are some strategies for doing so – including one strategy that involves maintaining a specific constant equity exposure throughout retirement? CLICK HERE.
“Sell in May and go away”. “The January effect”. The “Santa Claus rally”. “Financial hurricane season”. When it comes to whether these seasonal investing adages work, the author of today’s article argues that they work “just often enough to sustain their myths” – and just often enough to negatively impact your retirement savings if you make investment decisions based on them. For more, CLICK HERE.
How can you go about building a portfolio that would provide your loved ones with reliable income while requiring little to no maintenance? The author of today’s article lays out one option: A “three-fund portfolio [that] will hand us a diverse collection of investments built to hold up in any market, throw off a steady 8% dividend and pay dividends monthly, to boot.” For the three actively managed funds making up this “autopilot” dividend portfolio, CLICK HERE.
“Never overlook the pernicious and toxic impact of inflation over periods as long as retirement,” warns the author of today’s article. He outlines why inflation over the next several decades could actually be significantly higher than currently assumed – and how, if that proves to be the case, it would make inflation-indexed annuities (or real annuities), generally considered very expensive, more valuable. For more – including why the author concludes that “you can’t avoid making an implicit bet on inflation no matter what you do” – CLICK HERE.
Given the fiscal state of the Social Security system, the author of today’s article advises that, when it comes to financing your retirement, “You have to assume you’re not going to get much help from our government, you’re not going to get much help from your employer, and your financial future is all up to you. And that means you need to save more and save a lot.” So what are some strategies that will allow you to retire rich – or at least retire comfortably – without relying on Social Security? CLICK HERE.