You may have already established some resolutions for 2019 (and perhaps broken some – or all – of them already), but it’s not too late to make some critical resolutions involving your retirement planning – especially considering that, as a recent survey found, fewer than half of retirees believe that their nest egg is large enough. Given this finding, today’s article suggests three financial resolutions to make (and actually follow through on) for the sake of your retirement. For more, CLICK HERE.
Whether you’re accumulating for retirement or spending down your accumulations in retirement, a plethora of financial tasks await you this year. Noting that “The myriad tasks associated with maintaining an organized financial life seem daunting in list form, but more manageable when spread throughout the year”, the author of today’s article outlines a month-by-month approach to tackling these tasks that can be customized to suit your needs – as well as some important financial dates to remember. CLICK HERE.
Half a percentage point. That is what one assessment suggests to expect return-wise from a balanced U.S. stock and bond portfolio over the next 10 years (before fees and taxes!). So what would the effects of an era of “persistently low returns” be on retirement strategizing? Today’s article examines the implications for 401(k)s, annuities, Social Security, medical care, alternative investments and more. CLICK HERE.
How do you keep your retirement from becoming compromised due to a decline in the stock market close to your retirement? This is the question the author of today’s article gave some thought to after his uncle, who is planning on retiring in 2019, lost around 30% of the value of his portfolio in a matter of weeks thanks to the stock market’s recent volatility. For his insights regarding both portfolio allocation and cash flows, CLICK HERE.
As the House of Representatives prepares to change hands in the new year, both the outgoing Republican chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and the presumed incoming Democratic chairman of the committee are proposing changes to retirement regulations – including changes pertaining to the risk of retirees outliving their savings. For more on these potential changes, how they could benefit retirement savers, and some of the potential issues with them, CLICK HERE.
“The challenging task of getting decades’ worth of savings to last a lifetime can be made more manageable with a single product: an income annuity,” notes the author of today’s article. However, despite this, income annuities have yet to really catch on with investors. Given this, the author proceeds to outline who may benefit from an income annuity (and who likely doesn’t need one), how much of one’s savings to consider putting in an income annuity, when (and how) to consider buying income annuities, and more. CLICK HERE.
“The American dream of a modest retirement after a lifetime of work now is a middle-class nightmare.” So concludes the author of a recent report from the National Institute on Retirement Security – and the author of today’s article expands on this conclusion, looking at just how retirement in America has gotten to this unfortunately place and how, “If the middle class keeps slipping, as we fear it will…The retirement dreams of millions of Americans may slip away forever and ever.” For more, CLICK HERE.
The findings of a recent study suggest that “retirees tend to reduce spending once they realize they are unprepared for how quickly expenses add up.” However, the study also found that certain subsets of retirees – such as retirees with pensions – spend considerably more than average, which the author of today’s article points to as reflecting “the power of predictable income”. Where does that leave retirees without pensions? The author highlights one strategy they can use to harness this power. CLICK HERE.
It has been 10 years since the housing crash of 2008, the fallout from which decimated the retirement accounts of many – and now one financial security expert is warning that “the danger of another crisis lurks despite assurances to the contrary.” She cautions that “The massive regulatory response to the subprime crisis meant that banks were no longer allowed to behave badly. So they have chosen to behave differently – and that’s not a good thing.” For more on this potential crisis developing in the shadows, CLICK HERE.
The problem with investing and saving for retirement, according to the author of today’s article? “People are “psychologically ill-equipped” to invest in risk assets, even if they need to do so. They also don’t save very much for retirement, possibly because they don’t think they need to yet or because they can’t afford it.” This is where behavioral finance can make a difference. What is behavioral finance, how are behavioral finance concepts important to retirement planning, and what can behavioral finance teach us about how to better plan for retirement? CLICK HERE.