How do you calculate how much income you will need in retirement (and how much you need to save for retirement given that figure)? What kind of retirement account is right for you? What makes a good 401(k) plan (and how can you make the most of your 401(k) plan)? What about fees, asset allocation, and retirement income streams? And how can you retire early? Today’s article tackles these questions and more as part of a “comprehensive guide” on saving and investing for retirement. For more, CLICK HERE.
The widely referenced 4% rule suggests that retirees can safely withdraw that amount from their retirement accounts each year. However, the author of today’s article notes that the “wisdom” of the 4% rule collapses when it slams into the reality of a market slump. Instead, he advocates for another strategy for funding your golden years: “investments paying outsized cash dividends of 5.4%, 7.7% and even higher.” He proceeds to highlight two such investments with “pullback-proof” dividends – both of which come from the top performing healthcare sector. For more, CLICK HERE.
The author of today’s article argues that the investments in your retirement account are likely not as diversified as they should be. Rather than the traditional approach to diversification (a mix of stocks, bonds and mutual funds), the author advocates “extended diversification”, which “requires a different set of resources than the traditional investment approach.” For more on how you can supercharge your retirement savings through extended diversification – including one particular asset class the author suggests considering – CLICK HERE.
When it comes to your retirement account, if you just set it and forget it, you could well lose it…to escheatment. As today’s article explains, escheatment is the process whereby firms that manage retirement accounts are required to turn over to the states any accounts that are seemingly not being actively managed. What happens to your retirement account (and related dividends and interest) when it’s escheated? And, more importantly, how can you avoid escheatment? For more, CLICK HERE.
Spring cleaning need not – and perhaps should not – be limited to your home. Rather, you might be well-served to extend your spring cleaning into your financial life. The author of today’s article identifies seven areas of your financial life to consider including in such an undertaking (including estate planning, investments, debts, and old retirement accounts), tasks to complete for each area – and some specific tools to aid in that process. For more, CLICK HERE.
If you have a 401(k) you are probably invested in gun stocks – and in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting and the ensuing debate over gun control, some 401(k) participants are looking to take a stand by divesting from such stocks. Today’s article outlines some considerations for individual investors before making such a move, including what options are available to them (such as “values-based” robo advisors) and whether dropping gun stocks is likely to result in one’s retirement savings taking a hit. For more, CLICK HERE.
While social security benefits, employer pensions and personal savings are the three traditional streams of retirement income, the author of today’s article points out that “there are…other potential sources of retirement income that are not mentioned often enough” – and he proceeds to outline three such nontraditional sources. For a discussion of these unconventional income sources and why they may be worth taking into account when planning for retirement, CLICK HERE.
“There will never be a better time than now,” declares one tax attorney cited in today’s article in regards to converting your traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. And many financial planners are expressing the same sentiment. Why? The GOP tax bill reduced most rates, and converting now allows individuals to pay taxes on retirement savings at a lower rate – before rates rise again in the future. For more – including who shouldn’t convert, a new Roth conversion rule to be aware of, and when might be the “sweep spot” to convert – CLICK HERE.
In 2013 the author of today’s article made a move that was considered irresponsible at the time and added bitcoin to the alternative investment portion of his retirement account. He then proceeded to lose half of his investment in an ensuing price drop – and called “stupid” for this investment blunder. However, he held onto his position in bitcoin and has subsequently come to view it as the best investment in his retirement account. So does bitcoin belong in retirement accounts – and are retirement savers missing out by sticking with the same old “status quo” investment options? CLICK HERE for more.
Required minimum distributions from tax-deferred retirement accounts are, as the name indicates, required once one reaches the age of 70 ½. For those who don’t need to tap their retirement funds, RMDs create a tax obligation – and risk pushing them into a higher tax bracket. Fortunately, today’s article outlines a number of strategies “that can be leveraged to manage and minimize required minimum distributions – both for those who have already reached the RMD phase, and also those still accumulating towards it, who want to plan ahead to minimize the bite of RMDs in the future.” For more, CLICK HERE.