The author of today’s article calls it “the biggest lie in personal finance” – and sees it as pervasive among articles on how to achieve early retirement. What is this lie, how does the financial media feed it, and what does the author argue is the only real “secret” to getting rich? CLICK HERE.
Most of the provisions of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act go into effect this year, and the author of today’s article points out that a number of the SECURE Act’s provisions are relevant to those who are not yet even at or near retirement. Noting that “They can have a profound effect on the way we all save for retirement”, the author outlines the major takeaways from the SECURE Act, starting with some bad news. For more, CLICK HERE.
If faced with stock market volatility or a downturn in retirement, would you reduce your investments in stocks? In one survey, a third of pre-retiree respondents indicated that they would do just that – but this may not be the best (or even a good) strategy. What does the author of today’s article point to as being “The key to successfully riding out stock market volatility or a downturn in retirement”? CLICK HERE.
You’ve probably heard of dollar-cost averaging (investing a fixed amount of money at regular intervals over a long period of time to minimize the impact of volatility), but what about “dollar-cost ravaging”? The strategist interviewed in today’s article sees dollar-cost ravaging as a problem that can cause a lot of damage to the portfolios of retirees – especially in the early years of retirement. What is dollar-cost ravaging – and what can retirees do to help avoid it? CLICK HERE.
“Tax-deferred accounts are great until they aren’t – when we have to pay taxes on our withdrawals,” notes the author of today’s article, who highlights an “often-overlooked” reason for married couples to consider making additional, earlier withdrawals from tax-deferred accounts (in addition to more common reasons such as wanting to use accumulated funds while you and your spouse are still young and healthy): “Their taxes will almost certainly increase after the first spouse dies. Think of this as the widow or widower’s tax.” How can married couples adapt their withdrawal strategies to minimize the impact of this tax? CLICK HERE.
How would you like to only have to save half as much as you otherwise would for retirement? The author of today’s article outlines how you can turn that fantasy into a reality with proper fee management, pointing out that “You lose over half a million dollars just from [a] small difference in fees, because small amounts multiplied over 40 years always become big amounts at the end. Everyone loves talking about how compounding interest is key to building wealth, but it cuts both ways. Fees compound, too.” For more, CLICK HERE.
“Over the course of your lifetime — unless you’re making a lot of money or live extremely modestly on a reasonable salary — you’re going to find it hard to simply put away enough money to retire. The money you put away should, ideally, be working for you and growing at a pace (much) faster than inflation,” notes the author of today’s article, who proceeds to provide some “thoughts on how to leverage the power of investing to give yourself the best chance at a great retirement.” For more, CLICK HERE.
A $1 million nest egg may seem like a lot, but when you consider that the average 65-year-old today can expect to live to nearly 85 (i.e. another 20 years), there is still a real risk of a $1 million nest egg expiring before you do. So how long will $1 million last in retirement – and how can you make it last significantly longer than that (15, 20, or even more than 30 years)? CLICK HERE.
It’s “the cornerstone of retirement planning” – yet in a recent study, 92% of the American adults surveyed either demonstrated a lack of understanding of it or couldn’t even define what it was! What is this retirement-planning cornerstone? Fixed-income investing – and one portfolio manager cited in today’s article warns that “The lack of knowledge about fixed-income investing is a problem because it means many Americans are likely missing out on two of its big benefits”. For more, 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.