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.
The difference between running a marathon race and preparing for retirement, the author of today’s article observes, is that “When you cross the finish line in a marathon, you know the race is over. But when you quit the workforce, it’s much harder to figure out whether you’ve successfully reached retirement.” So how can you get a good sense of whether you’re succeeding financially as you enter retirement? He outlines 15 indicators – some money-related, and some not. For more CLICK HERE.
Individuals tend to retire when the market (and their portfolio balances) are up. However, as today’s article observes, “even though people often retire after periods of strong market returns, that, somewhat counterintuitively, tends to reduce their portfolios’ sustainability rather than enhance it.” This is one of the five retirement-planning blind spots that can catch retirees off-guard that the author details. For more on these blind spots to check before “pulling the rip cord” and leaving the working world for retirement, CLICK HERE.
You’ve heard of black swan events (events which are extremely rare and hard to predict but which can have severe consequences), but what about white swan events? As today’s article explains, these events can be just as devastating to financial plans, but, despite the fact that they are more common and foreseeable than black swan events, people spend little time thinking about them. The author proceeds to outline some white swan events that he failed to predict when planning his early retirement, making the first two years of his retirement extremely tumultuous. For more, CLICK HERE.
Thirty-four percent of workers who have calculated how much they need to save for retirement concluded their magic retirement number is $1 million – and the author of today’s article has some encouraging words for those striving to amass $1 million for retirement on modest salaries: “building your nest egg to that size can be easier than you expect…All you have to do is follow some simple steps.” For more on what characterizes ordinary people with typical paychecks who become 401(k) millionaires, CLICK HERE.
Calling it “a transformative science”, the author of today’s article outlines some of the ways in which “you and your employer and plan sponsors can hack your retirement” using the principles of behavioral economics – including how simply visualizing your future (older) self can help you boost your retirement savings and how, when it comes to 401(k) plans, it’s important to avoid “the tyranny of too much choice”. For more, CLICK HERE.
Nearly 40% of U.S. consumers (and nearly 60% of millennials) see winning the lottery as a reasonable way to fund retirement, leading the author of today’s article to scoff that “You might as well bet on the tooth fairy paying off your credit card balance every month.” However, he also outlines how Americans’ lotto habit can actually help fund their golden years – just not in the way you think. 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.