Think you need $1 million to retire? The author of today’s article calls that belief the “million-dollar myth” – and shows how, using a “4-pack” of closed-end funds with an average dividend of 8.5%, you can retire on less than half that amount. For the four funds in question – and what the author sees as a big reason for the existence of the million-dollar myth in the first place, CLICK HERE.
Despite being very conservative and diversified, the author of today’s article’s retirement portfolio did slightly worse than the Dow last year, with every single one of his holdings (other than cash) posting a loss – his worst return since 2008. Having lost 10% of his net worth, and believing that 2019 could be even worse for the markets than 2018, how is this early retiree coping? For his current holdings, his second thoughts on 2018, and how he’s responding to warning signals for 2019, CLICK HERE.
“Today, we are at peak FIRE, perhaps similar to peak crypto reached in December 2017. Unfortunately, when you’re at the peak, there’s usually nowhere to go but down,” laments the author of today’s article, who warns that the FIRE (financial independence, retire early) movement “is in for a rude awakening” — and poised to be overtaken by a new retirement movement: DIRE (Delay, Inherit, Retire, Expire). CLICK HERE for more.
How do you calculate how much income you will need in retirement (and how much you need to save for retirement given that figure)? What kind of retirement account is right for you? What makes a good 401(k) plan (and how can you make the most of your 401(k) plan)? What about fees, asset allocation, and retirement income streams? And how can you retire early? Today’s article tackles these questions and more as part of a “comprehensive guide” on saving and investing for retirement. For more, CLICK HERE.
In regards to the FIRE (financial independence/retire early) movement, the author of today’s article notes that while “there are lots of moving parts…one crucial step toward achieving that coveted status is as easy to understand as it is difficult to execute” – and that crucial step is depicted in chart form in the article. For what this step is – and what the chart indicates about your ability to achieve FIRE – CLICK HERE.
“The challenging task of getting decades’ worth of savings to last a lifetime can be made more manageable with a single product: an income annuity,” notes the author of today’s article. However, despite this, income annuities have yet to really catch on with investors. Given this, the author proceeds to outline who may benefit from an income annuity (and who likely doesn’t need one), how much of one’s savings to consider putting in an income annuity, when (and how) to consider buying income annuities, and more. CLICK HERE.
How much of investment advisers’ annual returns is due to luck versus genuine ability? One attempt at measuring this, outlined in today’s article, concluded that 92% of advisers’ annual returns is due to luck! “This isn’t to say that ability plays no role in beating the market. But a healthy respect for the far larger role that luck plays is a key prerequisite for devising an appropriate retirement investment strategy,” advises the author – and he proceeds to outline some lessons that retirees can take from this finding. 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.
Whatever your planned retirement age, you’re likely to retire closer to age 61 than you think. This is one of the findings of a recent study of retirement data, which found that “planned and actual retirement ages align at 61, with those planning to retire earlier than that tending to retire later than expected, and those planning to retire after 61 tending to retire earlier than expected. In other words, actual retirement ages pull toward 61.” What did the same study find about predicting who will end up retiring earlier (or later) than planned – and what are some strategies for dealing with the challenges presented by the magic retirement age? CLICK HERE.
“The number of Americans over 65 years of age is expected to double to around 98 million by 2060,” notes the author of today’s article – making the three high-yielding real estate investment trusts he proceeds to highlight (each of which owns medical buildings or housing facilities that will be in increasing demand as the country ages) potentially ideal investments for retirees and near-retirees. For these three high-yield healthcare REITs – sporting yields up to 8.7% – CLICK HERE.