What are the odds that the stock market will crash at some point (or multiple points) during the course of your retirement? Researchers have actually developed a formula for making this determination – and based on that formula, the author of today’s article warns that “the odds of a huge crash are…high enough that you should expect at least one, and perhaps more, during your retirement.” For more – including the number of smaller crashes the formula indicates one should expect over the course of a 30-year retirement and why, despite what many believe, government regulations and safeguards are unlikely to prevent future crashes – CLICK HERE.
Despite having “restricted” in their name, the ultimate benefit of restricted stock units (RSUs) is their flexibility. As today’s article explains, RSUs are a type of equity compensation for employees that offer “a new building block toward retirement, while also opening doors for investments, experiences and major purchases throughout the course of your life.” For more on the basics of RSUs and the many ways they can be used to help you achieve your short- and long-term financial goals, CLICK HERE.
While he acknowledges that it may seem like a trivial amount, the author of today’s article illustrates just how much of an impact 1% more can have on your earnings, savings, investing and, when combined, on your overall net worth. For more on the power of 1% more – including how you can go about getting that extra 1% in each of the aforementioned areas – CLICK HERE.
“Here’s a sobering thought: Much—and perhaps most—of the money you’ll accumulate for retirement will reflect the raw dollars you sock away and not the investment returns you earn,” begins the author of today’s article, who proceeds to outline some examples to illustrate this fact, as well as examine its implications. For more – including the “perverse conclusion” this leads the author to regarding investing for retirement – CLICK HERE.
“Because the average retirement length in the country is 18 years, we can project that the typical retiree will need an $828,000 nest egg to pay the bills upon leaving the workforce,” notes the author of today’s article. But if you find that number daunting, he proceeds to outline the major expenses one can expect to encounter in retirement and some tips for keeping them under control. For more – including how much the average retiree spends on each of those major expenses – CLICK HERE.
With the market butting up against all-time highs, those who are about to retire may be feeling particularly concerned, given sequence of returns risk and the potentially catastrophic effect of poor returns early on in retirement. For those nervous near-retirees, today’s article may provide some comfort as it outlines what a research team found when it comes to retiring at an all-time high in the market versus retiring at a random time in the market. 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.
Portfolio rebalancing is something that retirees should do on a regular basis in order to boost returns…right? Not necessarily, it turns out – despite this being common practice and conventional wisdom. The author of today’s article highlights a new, exhaustive study on rebalancing which “found that rebalancing improves performance only if the markets behaving in certain specific ways.” For more – including when regular rebalancing can really cost you and some modified rebalancing strategies to consider – 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.
If 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.