Half a percentage point. That is what one assessment suggests to expect return-wise from a balanced U.S. stock and bond portfolio over the next 10 years (before fees and taxes!). So what would the effects of an era of “persistently low returns” be on retirement strategizing? Today’s article examines the implications for 401(k)s, annuities, Social Security, medical care, alternative investments and more. CLICK HERE.
What’s the best investment choice right now for investors who are retired or nearing retirement (and thus are looking for reliable income)? The author of today’s article notes that, while income investors turned to investments such as high-yield bonds, master limited partnerships, high-yield dividend stocks and more in recent years, “Today’s best investment choice for investors in or near retirement just might be one they heavily favored before the financial crisis but ignored in recent years.” For more, CLICK HERE.
There are still a few weeks left of summer, but now may be time to start thinking about the end of the year – especially if you are in or nearing retirement. Today’s article outlines a number of ways that retirees and those planning their retirements can benefit by getting an early start on their year-end financial planning. For more – including what one expert describes as “two gifts of the tax code” to consider as part of this process – CLICK HERE.
“Annuities often get a bad rap,” states the author of today’s article, who acknowledges some of the drawbacks associated with these products. However, he notes that all investments have drawbacks – and that annuities can be “the hedge against the emotion of fear that you will run out of funds before you die.” He proceeds to outline the numerous ways in which annuities – especially fixed annuities – can reduce the risk associated with your retirement plan. For more – including how you can make an annuity do double duty – CLICK HERE.
If you’re a high-income earner, you might think that one popular retirement-saving vehicle – the Roth IRA – is not available to you due to IRS-imposed restrictions on who can contribute to these accounts. One strategy for high-income earners to get around these restrictions is the “backdoor Roth” – and while there has been concern about this strategy, the new tax legislation appears to give it the green light. So does a backdoor Roth make sense for you? CLICK HERE for some considerations.
The author of today’s article argues that the investments in your retirement account are likely not as diversified as they should be. Rather than the traditional approach to diversification (a mix of stocks, bonds and mutual funds), the author advocates “extended diversification”, which “requires a different set of resources than the traditional investment approach.” For more on how you can supercharge your retirement savings through extended diversification – including one particular asset class the author suggests considering – CLICK HERE.
Americans on the whole are underprepared for retirement. This is especially true for women over 50, with today’s article noting that “they fall way behind men when it comes to retirement preparedness.” While there are multiples reasons for this reality (including an acceleration in the divorce rate for this group), what can women do to prevent against the prospect of financial destitution in retirement? The author outlines a number of suggestions in that regard. For more, CLICK HERE.
Yet another research report has found that a majority of baby boomers do not feel prepared for retirement – and today’s article suggests that one critical factor underlying the position that these boomers find themselves in is a lack of investment in stocks, with the author noting that “The ownership of the vast majority of equity returns in the hands of a small percentage of Americans in part explains why so many boomers are not feeling the recovery.” In addition to increasing their stake in stocks, what else can Americans do to boost their sense of retirement security? CLICK HERE.
Small business owners (SBOs) are not preparing sufficiently for retirement – and while they are not unlike the larger population of workers in that regard, SBOs typically face even greater challenges. As such, today’s article outlines a number of ways in which SBOs can go about preparing intelligently for retirement. What does the author identify as being “an ideal average for saving per month” for SBOs? What are the advantages of “Key Person Insurance”? For this and more, CLICK HERE.
When it comes to withholding taxes in retirement, the author of today’s article advises that you want to withhold just the right amount: over-withhold and you miss out on earned interest; under-withhold and you risk getting hit with a penalty tax by the IRS. However, despite the importance of getting your withholding as close as possible to your actual tax liability, the author notes that “Many upcoming retirees aren’t quite sure how taxes in retirement are calculated.” As such, they outline some sample calculations showing how to calculate your tax withholding in retirement. CLICK HERE.