Right-Sizing Your Retirement Risk

2019-07-02 21_02_34-American Flag Flagpole _ HD photo by Jake Ingle (@ingle_jake) on Unsplash“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.

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A High-Yield, Lower-Risk Solution To The Low Rate Retirement Income Challenge

2019-06-27 21_59_01-Balance _ HD photo by Martin Sanchez (@martinsanchez) on UnsplashIf Social Security benefits replace approximately 40% of your pre-retirement income, where do you find the other 60% –and, of particular relevance today, where do you find the other 60% when interest rates are near historic lows? Today’s article outlines one “simple solution” to this challenge, noting that “It can be more volatile than a savings account. And it can require you to do a little homework. But it can offer the retirement income you want.” For the solution in question – which involves diversifying across three different types of investment vehicles offering yields up to 7% or more – CLICK HERE.

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A 3-Fund “Autopilot” Dividend Portfolio

2019-06-22 20_24_05-Black leather in flatlay _ HD photo by Ivan Zhukevich (@vania_zhu1) on UnsplashHow 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.

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New Thinking On – And Innovative Ideas For – Retirement

2019-06-08 20_18_26-On my eames _ HD photo by Nikita Kachanovsky (@nkachanovskyyy) on UnsplashRobots and a smart fridge keeping you from having to go into a nursing home. Some new (and simple) math for retirement saving. New alternatives to purchasing long-term care insurance. The retirement community of the future. There are among what may be the best new ideas in retirement as, thanks to increasing longevity and the changing nature of work, traditional “institutions, financial instruments and even our vocabulary no longer seem adequate to cope with the challenges of retirement.” For more on these retirement innovations, CLICK HERE.

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The Pursuit Of Financial Independence

2019-06-06 22_24_01-Finance Sketch Near Laptop Computer · Free Stock PhotoWhen it comes to retirement versus financial independence, the author of today’s article sees “both as interchangeable, because in essence, in both cases folks are having the financial flexibility to live life to their own terms, not being chained to a desk or a job they may dislike. In both situations, you have the option to leave one endeavor and focus on another one.” He proceeds to outline the three “main ingredients that allow you to reach financial independence” and the specific investing technique he has chosen to employ in his pursuit of financial independence: dividend growth investing. For more, CLICK HERE.

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Preparing Your Retirement For A Market That Goes Down (And Stays Down)

2019-05-16 19_55_15-WindowWhen it comes to periods of extended market weakness, the author of today’s article notes that “Retirees…tend to experience [them] differently, and more viscerally, than their still-working counterparts” as they are living off the finite balances of their portfolios. So while those who are still working may be able to ride out – or even take advantage of – market weakness, what are retirees and those nearing retirement to do? The author outlines “some key steps to take in the event of serious market volatility–or better yet in advance of it.” For more, CLICK HERE.

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These REITs Are All Fun And Games (And Income!)

2019-05-12 21_43_47-Girl holding American Dollar Bills _ HD photo by Alexander Mils (@alexandermils)“Gaming companies are a tough group of stocks to own,” acknowledges the author of today’s article, pointing to, among other things, how sensitive casino profits are to changes in economic conditions. For those looking for gaming related income stocks, however, gaming-focused real estate investment trusts may be a lucrative investment – and the author highlights three specific gaming REITs to consider. For more, CLICK HERE.

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The Problem With Safe Withdrawal Strategies – And A Better Way To Lifetime Income

2019-05-05 08_44_59-WindowStrategies for accumulating wealth receive much more attention than strategies for decumulating wealth despite the fact that, as the author of today’s article points out, nowadays the decumulation phase of one’s life can be just as long as the accumulation phase. He also acknowledges problems with safe withdrawal strategies, including the fact that there’s a good chance you’ll end up leaving money on the table when you die. Instead, he states, “If that’s not what you want — if your goal is only to spend as much as you can in your lifetime without running out — my calculations show that there’s a much better way.” For more, CLICK HERE.

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The “Toxic Combination” That Could Crash The Stock Market – And The Economy

2019-04-21 19_34_00-WindowA tragedy is unfolding,” warns the author of today’s article regarding the U.S. stock market – and the potential for a crash that could topple the economy. The critical factors? “All-in dovish central banks, a renewed desperate hunt for yield, FOMO, a U.S.-China trade deal, record buybacks, trillion-dollar deficits ($1.1 trillion for 2019, to be exact, and rising) and a White House administration preoccupied with managing stock market levels with the expressed goal to keep prices elevated for the 2020 U.S. election.” For more, CLICK HERE.

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How Starting Valuations Could Make Or Break Your Retirement

2019-03-25 08_16_43-Hammer, mallet, wooden and toy HD photo by Markus Spiske (@markusspiske) on Unsp“While the market has long periods of high returns, it has even more long period of low returns. Investors have seen entire decades delivering nothing but losses,” notes the author of today’s article – and this reality is critical for retirement planners to be cognizant of, given that financial advisors often use overly optimistic return assumptions when creating retirement plans for clients. For more – including how today’s lofty valuations could “determine your returns for the next 10 years” – CLICK HERE.

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