If you want to increase your chances of a financially secure retirement, new research indicates that one way to do so is to be dynamic…with your spending strategy. The study “measured the success rates of various strategies that adjusted withdrawal rates depending on whether your portfolio in any given year is ahead or behind of what your retirement financial plan had assumed it should be” – and suggests that you can significantly increase the likelihood of achieving your retirement financial goals with relatively modest adjustments. For more on dynamic retirement financing strategies, CLICK HERE.
While he acknowledges that they are “kind of boring”, when it comes to this retirement investment, the author of today’s article argues that “boring is brilliant.” The investment in question? Target-date funds. He proceeds to outline a number of reasons why investors should embrace these “boring” investment vehicles – and a simple strategy to overcome one of their few shortcomings and “wind up with anywhere from 10% to 50% more money in retirement.” For more, CLICK HERE.
A market downturn can mean very different things for those still early in their investment careers, those approaching retirement, and those in retirement. Those in the first group may be able to shrug off a downturn as there’s still lots of time for their portfolios to recover. In regards to the latter two groups, the author of today’s article notes that “because their retirements haven’t yet commenced, preretirees have even more tools in their tool kits than retirees” to navigate a downturn – and she proceeds to outline a “down-market survival guide” for those within 10 years of retirement. 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.
If you’re looking to retire abroad, you likely want some place with a suitable climate and a low cost of living – including low health care costs. But another important consideration is health care efficiency. As such, in seeking to identify the best places for Americans to retire abroad, the author of today’s article factored in how contender countries rank in terms of health care efficiency – with all the countries that made the final list ranking higher than the U.S. For more, CLICK HERE.
Three things happened around the time that the last two bear markets began: the 2-to-10-year part of the yield curve inverted briefly, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time in years, and the S&P 500 peaked in value, before plummeting from that peak. Sound familiar? However, while recession worries are mounting, the author of today’s article argues that a recession won’t necessarily wreck the retirements of those who are recently retired or nearing retirement – but something else might. For more, CLICK HERE.
Among the three stocks highlighted in today’s article as being strong candidates for a spot in your retirement portfolio is a stock that seems to possess everything a retiree could possibly want in a stock: a generous dividend, stability, a discounted share price and a respectable rate of earnings growth. For the stock in question – and the two other dividend-paying stocks singled out by the authors as potentially deserving spots in your retirement portfolio – 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 FIRE (Financial Independence/Retire Early) movement ignites feelings of skepticism in many. And “skepticism” might be putting it mildly. As the author of today’s article observes, “it seems that some just can’t help hating on FIRE. They claim few can save the amounts of money needed to retire on time, let alone early. They complain about the return assumptions used in early retirement calculations. And they proclaim that a FIRE lifestyle is just plain boring.” For FIRE skeptics and critics, he proceeds to identify – and attempts to dispel – some of the most pernicious myths surrounding the movement. For more, CLICK HERE.
The author of today’s article – who is fortunate enough to have a pension – is concerned about the majority of Americans (including his own children) who are not so fortunate, and who will have to rely on Social Security and their investments to fund their retirements. His fear? “Even if these folks are saving regularly, they don’t really understand how to invest or how to manage their nest egg once retired.” He proceeds to outline everything involved in making a pension-less retirement work. For more, CLICK HERE.