He’s been called the Sam Spade of money management, the financial watchdog, and the pension detective. And now he’s warning that “We are on the precipice of the greatest retirement crisis in the history of the world”, with millions of elderly in the United States alone at risk of falling into poverty in the coming decades as a result of being staggeringly unprepared for retirement. For more on what financial fraud whistleblower Ted Siedle is warning of – including why the new normal for many Americans may become “Too frail to work, too poor to retire” – CLICK HERE.
The median retirement account balance among all Americans of working age? $0.00. And that’s the median amount, meaning half of working-age Americans have even less than $0.00 to their name. And if the paltry state of Americans’ retirement accounts isn’t enough to convince you that there’s a retirement crisis, consider the fact that total U.S. consumer debt is now sitting at a record high of $4 trillion. So what are those over 50 who are worried about their retirement preparedness to do? The author of today’s article identifies one option “which allows investors to fund their financial goals affordably.” For more, CLICK HERE.
Whenever the next bear market arrives, it may be an especially devastating one for retirees – even those who have managed to build substantial retirement portfolios. Why? The author of today’s article lays out the case, which includes some recent revelations by the U.S. government regarding Social Security and Medicare that he states “will surely have far-reaching consequences.” For more, CLICK HERE.
A new report from the Government Accountability Office details the serious retirement challenges that Americans are facing, and – in an effort to ward off (or at least mitigate the damage from) an impending retirement crisis in the country, is urging lawmakers in Congress to form an independent commission to study – and come up with solutions to – these challenges. From Social Security, to workplace retirement plans, to personal savings, what issues is the GAO sounding the alarm over? CLICK HERE.
The author of today’s article notes that the “standard prescription” for most retirees these days is “a combination of working longer, living on less, and reducing expectations for their retirement dreams.” But for those who either cannot – or refuse to – comply with that dreary prescription, there is a more creative retirement solution to consider: retiring abroad in a location with a lower cost of living. The author highlights the positive story of one couple who chose to take a “radically new path” in retirement – and what others can learn from their success. CLICK HERE for more.
That baby boomers face a retirement crisis is a widely accepted fact. But what caused it? It may seem that the answer to this question must be complicated, but the author of today’s article has a relatively simple explanation, stating that “If I had to point to one variable that could explain why so many are so ill-prepared for retirement it would be this.” What is the variable in question – and what lesson can younger generations learn from what the boomers got wrong? CLICK HERE to find out.
Today’s article notes that while, “as a candidate, Donald Trump barely mentioned America’s retirement crisis…As president, he will have enormous power over the issue, bolstered by Republican control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.” So in what ways might the impending Trump presidency affect the retirements of Americans? The author looks at the impact his administration may have on Social Security, financial advice, automatic IRAs and 401(k)s. To read more – including how Trump’s proposed tax cuts might impact Social Security and what the fate of the fiduciary rule set forth by President Obama’s Department of Labor may be – CLICK HERE.
The author of today’s article divides the 10,000 baby boomers that are turning 65 each day into two groups: those that will depend on Social Security as a major source of income in retirement and those that have more savings and will therefore be less reliant on Social Security. To those in the latter group, however, she cautions that “it’s too soon to pat yourself on the back and relax. You need a retirement war chest unless you’re in the top 1% of net worth and/or you have amazingly generous pensions.” As such, she lays out a series of do’s and don’ts for navigating “the coming retirement crisis” (e.g. Do retire as late as you can. Don’t drain retirement savings to support aging parents). To read more, CLICK HERE.