Does a couple hundred thousand dollars more in retirement savings sound like something worth having? Of course! And today’s article highlights a strategy – developed by a Baylor University finance professor – that may offer just that. For more on this strategy to “stretch your retirement” – the driver of which “is to protect as much money as possible from taxes that can jump sharply after age 70-1/2” – CLICK HERE.
“Although dividend stocks are a mainstay of a retirement portfolio, they are not the only stocks you should have,” advises the author of today’s article, who proceeds to highlight three stocks offering income and growth to consider for retirement. For these three stocks, as well as the author’s advice regarding the right amount of portfolio diversification in retirement and his answer to the question “Is any risk allowed in a well-designed retirement portfolio?”, CLICK HERE.
What could be bad about the trend currently underway towards commission-free trading? A lot – especially for retirees. In fact, the author of today’s article describes zero brokerage commissions as “the latest Siren Song to tempt retirees into dangerous behavior.” So what exactly is the concern? It has to do with the effect that zero commissions have on trading frequency – and the pairing of two “toxic behavior patterns in retirement”. For more, CLICK HERE.
Retirement investments are different – or, as the author of today’s article puts it, “Picking safe investments for retirement is a skill separate from making money in stocks, real estate, and other investment vehicles.” Given this, he proceeds to outline a number of options available when it comes to picking safe investments for retirement. For more – including a list of companies with some of the most secure dividends – CLICK HERE.
The author of today’s article acknowledges that – if such a strategy existed – it would represent “the Holy Grail of retirement investing”: a strategy that would appreciate regardless of market conditions. And one fund – the Permanent Portfolio Fund – purports to do just that. So is this fund something that retirees and those nearing retirement should consider? The author looks at the fund’s past performance relative to other investments – and whether its future performance is likely to be like its past. CLICK HERE.
“Basically, retirees, whether they and their advisors realize it or not, are staring four problems squarely in the face: historically high stock valuations, low bond yields, increased longevity, and increasingly expensive health care,” states the author of today’s article in regards to the four problems that one financial advisor is calling “the four horsemen of the retirement apocalypse.” He proceeds to delve into each of these four issues – and identifies some possible strategies for countering them. For more, CLICK HERE.
Who says retirement portfolios have to be complicated? Whether you are in the pre-retirement accumulation phase or are already in retirement, and whether you are looking for single-fund options or want to take a building-block approach to your retirement investments, today’s article highlights a number of funds that allow you to “skinny things down by focusing on investments that provide a lot of diversification in a single shot.” For more, CLICK HERE.
When it comes to building retirement wealth, the author of today’s article points out that “one of the best strategies is also the simplest: Buy shares in great companies, and hold forever.” “Great”, however, doesn’t necessarily mean flashy and exciting. The author proceeds to highlight three stocks that may be considered rather boring, but which could nonetheless be helpful in building retirement wealth. To find out what these three stocks are – including one that has been beating the likes of Amazon and Apple despite its boring business – CLICK HERE.
Exchange-traded funds are becoming an increasingly popular vehicle for accumulating assets for retirement. But what should be done with ETFs (which carry a certain degree of risk) as one moves into retirement (where risk aversion is the name of the game)? The author of today’s article notes that “your first instinct may be to edge away from volatility, but there’s an argument to be made for retaining ETFs in your portfolio.” What are some strong reasons for staying invested in ETFs beyond retirement – and what types of ETFs may be best for retirees? CLICK HERE to read more.
Much has been written over the last several weeks about the big change in the world of retirement planning – the fiduciary standard which will require financial advisors making retirement investment recommendations to act in their clients’ best interests. However today’s article points out that, in addition to this new standard, “there have been several other tweaks to [retirement] accounts that have an impact on who is eligible to contribute and how big their tax savings will be.” To read about these lesser-publicized changes, including which previously temporary feature of IRAs is now permanent and can help those of a certain age avoid taxes on their required distributions, CLICK HERE.