It’s an important decision with potentially major consequences: how much do you take out of your portfolio each year when you retire. Take out too much and you risk running out of money down the line; take out too little and you are foregoing a better retirement lifestyle and experiences. In today’s article, the author runs some hypothetical numbers illustrating the potential impact of this tradeoff – and outlines some options for dealing with it. For more, CLICK HERE.
When 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.
Stress tests aren’t just for banks – they’re useful for retirement plans too! And a comprehensive stress test of your retirement plan involves more than just stress testing your portfolio: the author of today’s article advises that “you should stress test your venue, your retirement and income portfolios, and anticipated leisure pursuits.” For more on carrying out a comprehensive stress test of your retirement plan – including how to test whether your portfolio can survive a market shock and how many times it may be prudent to visit prospective retirement venues – CLICK HERE.
“Social Security is what it is — and it isn’t what it isn’t,” states the author of today’s article who argues that, while Social Security is an asset, it is not a bond – and thus investors are ill-served by considering Social Security part of their retirement portfolio’s bond allocation. What is Social Security, what isn’t Social Security – and how does the author recommend fitting it into an overall retirement portfolio? CLICK HERE.
When it comes to funding his retirement, the author of today’s article intends to do it with the dividend income his equity portfolio generates, noting that “Dividend payments are more stable than share prices and the potential for capital gains, which makes them an ideal source of income for retirement. Historically, US dividend growth has exceeded the rate of inflation. This means that dividend income not only maintains purchasing power, but increases it over time.” As for how to go about creating a portfolio of dividend stocks to live off of in retirement, he lays out his process, which begins with having “the end goal in mind”. For more, CLICK HERE.
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.
How do you keep your retirement from becoming compromised due to a decline in the stock market close to your retirement? This is the question the author of today’s article gave some thought to after his uncle, who is planning on retiring in 2019, lost around 30% of the value of his portfolio in a matter of weeks thanks to the stock market’s recent volatility. For his insights regarding both portfolio allocation and cash flows, CLICK HERE.
Today’s article outlines how an initial investment of $300,000 in six specific funds (from “an obscure corner of the market”) can create a significant, reliable income stream for retirement. Specifically, “this portfolio has a 7.9% yield, meaning our $305,000 initial investment is going to give us $24,000 in annual income—that’s $2,000 per month!” Moreover, these six funds offer growth in addition to income, with impressive annualized returns over the last decade. For more, CLICK HERE.
Noting that the two most important factors for those on the verge of retirement are income and stability, the author of today’s article states that “a soon-to-be-retiring person can maintain a perfect stock portfolio with the help of strong organizations that pay substantial dividends” – and he proceeds to highlight nine companies that fit this profile. For these nine dividend stocks that appear to be well-suited for soon-to-be retirees, CLICK HERE.
Despite an awful lot of prognostications, nobody knows for sure when the next bear market will be. What is known, however, is that the five major stock bear markets of the past 45 years wiped out 40% of the stock market’s value on average – and, as today’s article notes, “in the two most recent bear markets, you would have had to wait between six and seven years just to claw back to a breakeven price.” A bear market, then, could be devastating to retirement-bound baby boomers. What’s one “sleepy” way that boomers can adjust their portfolios to better prepare for a bear? CLICK HERE.