If you want to increase your chances of a financially secure retirement, new research indicates that one way to do so is to be dynamic…with your spending strategy. The study “measured the success rates of various strategies that adjusted withdrawal rates depending on whether your portfolio in any given year is ahead or behind of what your retirement financial plan had assumed it should be” – and suggests that you can significantly increase the likelihood of achieving your retirement financial goals with relatively modest adjustments. For more on dynamic retirement financing strategies, CLICK HERE.
You’ve heard of black swan events (events which are extremely rare and hard to predict but which can have severe consequences), but what about white swan events? As today’s article explains, these events can be just as devastating to financial plans, but, despite the fact that they are more common and foreseeable than black swan events, people spend little time thinking about them. The author proceeds to outline some white swan events that he failed to predict when planning his early retirement, making the first two years of his retirement extremely tumultuous. For more, CLICK HERE.
“The benefits of owning a Roth IRA are nothing short of amazing,” declares the author of today’s article, pointing in particular to the fact that money in a Roth IRA grows tax-free and is withdrawn tax-free. Of course, taxes are paid on money converted from a regular IRA to a Roth IRA, but, as the author proceeds to outline, with proper planning retirees and soon-to-be retirees can hit the “Roth sweet spot” and get the most bang for their buck from a Roth conversion. For more on this strategy, CLICK HERE.
A market downturn can mean very different things for those still early in their investment careers, those approaching retirement, and those in retirement. Those in the first group may be able to shrug off a downturn as there’s still lots of time for their portfolios to recover. In regards to the latter two groups, the author of today’s article notes that “because their retirements haven’t yet commenced, preretirees have even more tools in their tool kits than retirees” to navigate a downturn – and she proceeds to outline a “down-market survival guide” for those within 10 years of retirement. For more, CLICK HERE.
Of the $25 trillion held in U.S. retirement accounts, less than 2% of that amount is invested in alternative assets – and new research suggests that this low allocation to alternatives may be a mistake on the part of those approaching or in retirement as alternatives can reduce risk and enhance returns, thus helping to ensure that retirees don’t run out of money. For more on the strategic use of alternative assets in retirement portfolios – including how much of their portfolio individuals approaching retirement may want to have allocated to alternatives – CLICK HERE.
While there seems to be a constant stream of news and market developments (and presidential tweets) that those nearing retirement need to keep up with today, the author of today’s article asserts that “to be successful in retirement today requires a much more holistic view of what you are facing and what the investment realities are” – and he proceeds to outline four such financial realities that retirees need to be cognizant of – and address – if they are to enjoy financially secure retirements. For more, CLICK HERE.
This Social Security claiming strategy was eliminated by Congress as part of a 2015 law, but a few million Americans are still eligible to use it thanks to a grandfather clause – and those individuals (married couples and some divorced people of a particular age group) may well want to consider taking advantage of this strategy while they still have the chance. For more, CLICK HERE.
“For the investor, taxes represent a real threat to wealth and a cost that must absolutely be controlled,” asserts the author of today’s article, who points out that a critical assumption underlying most tax minimization efforts – that most people will be in a lower tax bracket during retirement – may be a false assumption given today’s historically low income tax rates and the fiscal challenges facing the U.S. government. So how can investors best minimize the taxes on their investments? The author outlines two “layers” of tax-efficient investing and some strategies for the tax-efficient investor. For more, CLICK HERE.
A financially secure retirement requires making a number of critical decisions – and if you want to ensure that you make the right decisions at the right time, the author of today’s article advises that you think of retirement as consisting of four phases, with Phase No.1 beginning at age 55. From opening a Roth IRA to buying long-term care insurance to Social Security and Medicare planning to purchasing an annuity, which decisions are best made in which retirement phase? For the author’s roadmap, CLICK HERE.
Today’s article contains some good news and some bad news for retirees whose portfolios suffer substantial losses (such as the 17% loss incurred by one of the model portfolios from a top-performing newsletter over the first six months of this year). The good news? Even the worst performers are likely to eventually recover their losses. The bad news, however, has to do with how long eventually might be – and what that means for retirees’ standard of living. For more, CLICK HERE.